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Palit GT 240 Sonic 1GB Nvidia Graphics Card Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:pXl0p2TILw-bGM:http://www.ixbt.com/video3/images/gt215/palit-gt240-front.jpgGaming on a budget is a fraise we use quite often on OverclockersHQ.com, why? simply put: casual gamers under 25 are for the most part not in the upper tax bracket and the expendable income portion of total profits is pretty slim. After you pay rent, utilities, insurance, food, and set aside a substantial portion for beer money, there isn't much left. Companies like Palit know this and also know the importance of getting the most bang for your buck. Let's be honest the percentage of gamers out there shelling out 500+ dollars on a graphics card are pretty slim. I am sure Graphics card companies would love to have all gamers buying high end cards but the fact of the matter is this: the $75-$200 range cards are the ones that sell. If a company can deliver a fantastic product in this portion of the market their chances of gaining future sales of the expensive cards are much better. So once the customers break the 25 barrier and find themselves with a mortgage and sitting around the middle class of society they can sneak a new monster video card onto their credit card without their wife (or husband) noticing then they will choose the manufacturer that gave them their best when they were of meager means. Today we will be looking at one such budgetastic card from Palit the: GT 240 Sonic 1 GB Graphics Card. Let's check it out:  

Provided by: Palit

Price: $109.99

Closer Look:

 

Specifications and Features:

Equipped with the world fastest GDDR5 memory, Palit GT240 1024MB GDDR5 offers you better performance. Surpass the demands of today’s digital world with the NVIDIA® GeForce® GT240 graphics card. Get the graphics power you need to take your photos, videos, and games to the next level.
 

     

Specifications
  • The latest 40nm technology
  • GDDR5 memory on board
  • Full OS-CON capacitors on board
  • NVIDIA unified architecture
  • NVIDIA CUDA technology
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision support
  • Microsoft Windows 7 support
  • DirectCompute Support
  • NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
  • High Definition 1080p Display Support
  • NVIDIA PhysX technology
  • Dual-link DVI, VGA and HDMI 1.3a output
  • Dual-link HDCP capable
  • PCI Express 2.0 support
  • Microsoft DirectX 10.1, Shader Model 4.1 support
  • OpenGL 3.2 support

Testing Rig:

Testing:

We recently changed our Benchmarks to accommodate the new Direct X 11 Cards so the video shown below will be used for 3 of our upcoming reviews . I decided to put the Palit GT240 up against the PowerColor 5870 PCS+ because I wanted to go with the budget theme to show you what you can expect from a very high end card compared to a budget card. The results are not meant to put the Palit gt240 in a bad light , but rather show that you can still game pretty well site a budget card. Any frame rate over 28 is completely playable and nothing to scoff at.Let's see how it did:

 

Conclusion:

Overall Palit should be very happy with the results of this card. Even though we didn't see playable frame rates with Crysis Warhead I was able to easily play it with some settings turned down a little. Crysis Warhead is a very graphically intense game so I was not surprised by the result. I was very surprised at how well  the GT 240 did across the board though for its price it is a great card with some great features right out of the box.

Would I recommend this card? Depending on what you are looking for yes. Although I did see some better performance from the new ATI 5570 is some cases from previous reviews, the GT 240 has PhysX and Cuda support making it tip the scales when it comes to rendering video with products like Muvee and VReveal. Also the memory is extremely fast in comparison to the 5570 and the choice of connectors used for the GT240 are a lot more practical then a lot of the new eyefinity cards that make you use the mini display port or display port connectors. I don't want to buy expensive active converters or change my displays just to get multi-display support. In conclusion I would say Palit is on the right track with some great products to kick off their re-release into the US market.

Pros:

  • Cuda
  • PhysX
  • GDDR5
  • 1GB Memory
  • Great Budget Performance
  • Great Connector Choices
  • Low Power Consumption
  • 3D Vision Ready

Cons:

  • With DX 11 Cards Coming out in the Same Price Points it Might be a Hard Sell


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