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GT220 vs. GT240

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July 16, 2010 6:06:27 AM

Hi my favorite Community members!

I have a question: Is it worth it to upgrade from the GT220 (1 GB - Galaxy) to the GT240 (512 MB - ECS)?

My GT 220 is quite loud and so far it has withstood the work CS5 I throws at it so I am curious if performance will be the same or better and if the GT 240 will be quieter on the whole.

The Galaxy GT220 runs at full revs ALL THE TIME. Not just at start-up. Not just during rendering. All the time. It sounds like my computer is taking off. It's louder than my CPU cooler! Anyways, I wanted to upgrade and wanted to know if anyone (especially those with experience on the GT240) had an opinion.

Thanks in advance!

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a b Î Nvidia
July 16, 2010 6:48:17 AM

Hello
Well going from a GT220 to GT240 will give you a performance boost, but i would recommend going with a stronger card if you can afford(Like HD 5770 if you can afford it)
July 16, 2010 6:52:42 AM

No can do Maziar! I have to keep it very "budget" until business takes off a little. My personal computer is fitted with a 5770 and believe me I love it but this computer is being customized and maintained for a close buddy of mine. So for now I am really stuck with something sub-$50 on sale.
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July 16, 2010 7:03:16 AM

well, you'll see a performance increase since the 240 has twice the cores of the 220, losing the 512 mb won't really matter that much, as for how loud it is it really depends on what the cooler is, if it's reference, probably moderately lower, if it a larger fan, probably quiter as they can push the same air, spinning much slower
July 16, 2010 7:12:59 AM

jonnyboyC said:
well, you'll see a performance increase since the 240 has twice the cores of the 220, losing the 512 mb won't really matter that much, as for how loud it is it really depends on what the cooler is, if it's reference, probably moderately lower, if it a larger fan, probably quiter as they can push the same air, spinning much slower


How about any other card nVidia or ATI which would equal or upgrade performance while remaining cheap and hopefully a little quieter? Thoughts?
a b Î Nvidia
July 16, 2010 10:39:43 AM

makwy2 said:
No can do Maziar! I have to keep it very "budget" until business takes off a little. My personal computer is fitted with a 5770 and believe me I love it but this computer is being customized and maintained for a close buddy of mine. So for now I am really stuck with something sub-$50 on sale.

Well i found this HD 4850 which I think you can get it
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It performs significantly better than GT 240.
July 16, 2010 4:02:41 PM

Guys,
The HD4850 sucks power like crazy (requiring PCI-E connection).
A GT240, like the HD5670, is powerful but uses hardly any juice...
Either of these new-spec vidcards offer similar performance to HD4850 while using much less power and giving off much less heat.
I can get HD5670 w/1GB for $99 bucks (Canadian) and 512MB version is even less...
It's a no-brainer.
If you wish to upgrade the 220 but $99 is beyond your budget - just keep the 220.
'Sounds' like you need to take it out and clean it though...
Regards
a b Î Nvidia
July 16, 2010 4:45:23 PM

I agree with you on power consumption but I don't agree on the performance, both GT 240 and HD 5670 perform slower than a HD 4850.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/293173-33-gt220-gt240...
"Purely from a performance standpoint, it would be madness to buy the Radeon HD 5670 instead of spending a couple dollars more for the Radeon HD 4850 or GeForce GTS 250. DirectX 11 isn't much of an issue here. From what we've seen so far in our DiRT 2 results, the performance hit is too large to bear for the new Radeon HD 5670. Granted this is only one DirectX 11 title, but it certainly sets the stage. "
July 16, 2010 5:34:45 PM

i would say if it's strickly under 50 bucks, if you have found a 240 under that go with it, because you probably won't see anything that could effectively compete with it, i would say the 5570 would probably be it's competition but at it's lowest on newegg with rebates is 60 bucks
July 16, 2010 10:15:38 PM

Yeah! Thanks guys!

I should have added that I do have a 500W Corsair PSU in this computer. jonnyboyC is right: I have about 50, maybe 60 bucks to spare and my two big considerations are performance and a very close second would be noise.
a b Î Nvidia
July 16, 2010 10:21:59 PM

Have you tried using a program like Rivatuner to lower your fan speed? Your card may not allow for such but it is worth a shot before replacing it over the noise.
July 16, 2010 10:38:50 PM

jyjjy said:
Have you tried using a program like Rivatuner to lower your fan speed? Your card may not allow for such but it is worth a shot before replacing it over the noise.


Well the card has also been the instigator of a couple BSOD's so I have to replace it. For even the work that will be done on the computer there are some deadlines and BSOD's just waste a lot of time.
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