Zotac GF GT240 512MB GDDR5 Graphics Card £59.93 @ The Hut - HotUKDeals
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Hi All, This is my first post so please forgive any amateurish mistakes!

Came across this deal while looking for a replacement low-end graphics card. I was considering a Geforce GT220 of Radeon HD5450 but the Zotac card seems to better than both and only a few pounds more. It also seems to get reasonable reviews and the price here is at least £15 lower than anywhere else I could find. Here's the spec: -

Zotac GF GT240 512MB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Step into a virtual world of beautiful visuals and realistic environmental interaction with the powerful ZOTAC GeForce® GT 240 series. Whether youre gaming, video editing, converting videos, image editing, or simply web browsing the ZOTAC GeForce® GT 240 series has enough performance for all your needs.

Gaming is where the ZOTAC GeForce® GT 240 series shines with its impressive power and compatibility with Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 and OpenGL 3.2 powered games. NVIDIA® PhysX® technology enables the ZOTAC GeForce® GT 240 series to deliver unprecedented realism and fluid environmental effects and interaction for an immersive gaming experience. Model
Model ZT-20401-10L
Interface
Interface PCI Express 2.0 x16 (Compatible with 1.1)
Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA®
GPU GeForce® GT 240

Core clock 550MHz
Stream Processors 96
Shader Clock 1340 MHz
Memory
Memory Clock 3400MHz
Memory Size 512MB
Memory Interface 128-bit
Memory Type GDDR5
3D API
DirectX DirectX 10.1
OpenGL OpenGL 3.1
Ports
DVI 1
HDMI 1
VGA 1
General
Tuner None
RAMDAC 400 MHz
Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
RoHS Compliant Yes
SLI Supported No
Cooler Active (with fan)

Dual-Link DVI Supported Yes
Windows Vista Certified for Windows Vista
Packaging
Package Contents HDMI-to-DVI cable
3D Vision Discover glasses
ZOTAC Boost
Driver Disk
User Manual
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#1
Not a bad deal - a GT240 is a 9600GT 'green' with a few tweaks and £60 is a fair price for that.

The thing is - for an extra £10-15 you could get something MUCH better so unless you have a hard-limit of £60 you might want to look at a 5670 (£70-75) or something of that ilk...
#2
Deleted alternative suggestion as it was a dodgy/link or wrong item

Before anyone asks - you need a (decent) 300W (and preferably something better) PSU and you don't need a PCI-EX 6-pin connector on it for these cards.
#4
damn it. i just got the geforce GT220.

.......although its not a bad card for the £53. and its in PC world so if you didnt want to wait for postage.

pluuuuuus. for £10 more you could get something better.
for £100 more you could get something even better.
for £1000 more you could get the greatest GPU in the world
see where im going with this??
#5
Thanks for the replies.
In my defence, I was looking for a card that would fit in my 5yr-old SFF PC, and the 4850 looks like it would take up 2 slots, which I don't have. Also, I've only a got a (weedy) 300w PSU and the GT 240 doesn't need another power connector, which the 4850 does and the 5670 seems to require a 400w PSU.
I think the GT240 is a much newer card but was always designed to be a budget card, whilst I suspect the 4850 was quite a lot more when it first came out. I agree the 5670 looks like a good option as well, but I don't think my machine could power it!
#6
I sympathise with you Vampire Hunter - I was on my way out to my local PC world this morning when I did a last minute search and found the Zotac card!
I agree with you - you can always buy a better card if you spend more money - but you have to draw the line somewhere!
#7
Cracking price, and scary timing. Been looking at Shuttle systems and found I needed a single slot, low power graphics card. This was the exact model I was looking at :p £74 at eBuyer, though that comes with Street Fighter IV and some CUDA-accelerated video editing software "free". A better buy if you want the software, but personally I think I'll go for this deal.

therealjohnpeat
Before anyone asks - you need a (decent) 300W (and preferably something better) PSU and you don't need a PCI-EX 6-pin connector on it for these cards.


That's a contradiction there then. If you don't need a 6-pin power connector then you don't need a 300W PSU ;-)

I run a 4850 on a 300W PSU without bother. A GT240 or any other card that doesn't require a 6-pin power connector will run on anything over 200W. Heck, you could probably get by on a 125-150W Pico PSU with a dual core CPU and a few drives.
#8
Ahh I find the new names so confusing! How would this compare to a 9600GT or 9800GT, and is 512MB enough at 1920 x 1080?
#9
J400uk
Ahh I find the new names so confusing! How would this compare to a 9600GT or 9800GT, and is 512MB enough at 1920 x 1080?


For gaming it's probably best to get one with more memory when running at 1920x1080.

This GPU chart from Toms Hardware Guide might help.
#10
It's pretty much an energy efficient 9600GT. Very low power draw, especially at idle.
#11
Hmm think I'll stick with my 1GB 9600GT OC in that case, as this sounds like it would be a downgrade. Thanks for the info.
#12
J400uk
Hmm think I'll stick with my 1GB 9600GT OC in that case, as this sounds like it would be a downgrade. Thanks for the info.

GT240 is a 9600GT with faster memory and it uses less power - difference to your card would only be lower power/less heat.
#13
J400uk
Ahh I find the new names so confusing! How would this compare to a 9600GT or 9800GT, and is 512MB enough at 1920 x 1080?

GT240 = 9600GT but greener (and with faster RAM)

At that res. you really should get a 1Gb card too
#14
Vampire Hunter J
pluuuuuus. for £10 more you could get something better.
for £100 more you could get something even better.
for £1000 more you could get the greatest GPU in the world
see where im going with this??

Nowhere...

There's always something better BUT anyone with sense will see that there are key pricepoints where you max-out value-for-money - sometimes a little more brings a LOT more.

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