Inno3D NVIDIA GT240 i-Chill
Posted by: Mac on: 10.01.2010 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
I donít really know what to make of the GT240, on the one hand I can see it making a good media centre card, but there are cheaper cards that could do just as good a job, the GT220 reviewed by one of my colleagues here at Xtreme Computing for example has the same outputs for example. On the other hand itís not quite good enough to be a serious gamerís card and is priced very similarly to a much better gaming card.
In use the Inno 3D iChill GT240 is silent. I couldnít notice it above the very low hum of my case and CPU fans, even with the side panel off. It is for this reason that I really think the GT240 isnít really aimed at gamers. Yes it is quite capable of gaming at medium levels of detail even at higher resolutions in some games. But consider this, an overclocked GT240 (I couldnít find a specific price for the Inno3D iChill GT240) retails around £75, and a GTS250 can be had for £10 more, if you are purely a gamer on a budget there is no real reason to go for a GT240 as £10 buys a lot more gaming power, but if you want a card for a media centre that can play games, then you might want to consider the GT240 due to the fact it has HDMI with audio as standard which would make it a lot more preferable. I think this is where the GT240 would come into its own, itís kind of a crossover card in my opinion.
Most of the games I tried with the GT240 could benefit from a drop in detail settings and / or resolution to make them more playable. Or possibly a bit of an overclock would yield an extra few frames per second, it is pre-overclocked but you should get a little bit more from it, I doubt this alone would make World In Conflict break the 30FPS barrier that most consider minimum for a playable game.
If you are building a media centre and occasionally play games this could be the card for you.
- Has every output you could want for a modern HTPC.
- Copes reasonably well with older games when the detail and res is turned up.
- Not really for gamers, the GTS250 is 50% more powerful and only £10 more.
Reallity Check: All things considered, and the niche market the GT240 seems to be aimed at I award the Inno3D iChill GT240 a GOLD award.
Reviewed bt Mac
Many thanks to Inno3D for supplying the iChill GT240 for review