The release of NVIDIA's GeForce GT 220 cards meant that the GT200 class of GPUs were no longer restricted solely to the realm of high-end graphics. And now NVIDIA is following up on the GeForce GT 220 with yet another affordable 40nm process technology based graphics solution - the GeForce GT 240.
Positioned by NVIDIA as a low-cost graphics solution that lie in between the GeForce 9800 GT and 9600 GT, it has 96 CUDA cores (as NVIDIA likes to call them now), which is actually pretty decent, considering it is just 16 cores short of the 9800 GT. Other crucial tech specs include 32 texture mapping units and 16 raster operating units, which are pretty much in-line with other cards of its caliber. More comparisons at the end of the page with other GPUs.
We have also learnt that the GeForce GT 240 will come in either 512MB or 1GB flavors, and vendors have the choice of choosing between GDDR3 and GDDR5 memory to equip the cards.
In terms of clock speeds, the GeForce GT 240 in 'stock' configuration will come clocked at 550MHz at the core, 1340MHz at the shaders and depending on the memory type equipped, 2000MHz DDR for GDDR3 variants and 3400MHz DDR for GDDR5 ones.
Despite the rather healthy specifications, don't for a moment let them fool you into thinking that this is a mainstream gaming card, because they are signs that point towards the new GeForce GT 240 being a basic SKU. For one, it doesn't require a PCIe power connector for power. And secondly, it lacks an SLI connector for future performance boost options. These are some of the 'features' commonly noted on less powerful cards and sadly the GT 240 is amongst them.
Fortunately, to sweeten the deal, the new GeForce GT 240 brings about full PhysX and CUDA support, and is also DirectX 10.1 compatible. So it's at least a tad more updated than its GeForce 9 brothers, but not yet DirectX 11 compliant for which we'll have to wait for the Fermi architecture based offspring sometime next year.
Here's a look at how the new GT 240 stands against competitive comparison SKUs.
|Model||NVIDIA GeForce GT 240||NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT||ATI Radeon HD 4770||NVIDIA GeForce GT 220||NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT||ATI Radeon HD 4670|
|Transistor Count||Unknown||754 million||826 million||486 million||505 million||514 million|
|Manufacturing Process||40nm||65 / 55nm||40nm||40nm||65nm||55nm|
|Stream Processor Clock||1340MHz||1800MHz||750MHz||1335MHz||1625MHz||750MHz|
|Texture Mapping Units (TMU) or Texture Filtering (TF) units||32||56||32||16||32||32|
|Raster Operator Units (ROP)||16||16||16||8||16||8|
|Memory Clock||1800MHz DDR (GDDR3) / 3600MHz DDR (GDDR5)||1800MHz DDR||3600MHz DDR||1580 MHz DDR||1800MHz DDR||2000MHz DDR|
|DDR Memory Bus||128-bit||256-bit||128-bit||128-bit||256-bit||128-bit|
|PCI Express Interface||PCIe x 16 ver 2.0||PCIe x 16 ver 2.0||PCIe x 16 ver 2.0||PCIe x16 ver 2.0||PCIe x 16 ver 2.0||PCIe x16 ver 2.0|
|PCIe Power Connectors||None||1 x 6-pin||1 x 6-pin||None||1 x 6-pin||None|
|DVI Output Support||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|HDCP Output Support||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Street Price||Launch Price: Below US$99||~US$105||~US$105||~US$80||~US$100||~US$75|