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NVidia Geforce GT330 - is it any good?

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July 30, 2010 12:52:26 PM

Dear community.

I am very close to buying a preassembled PC. All it's components are very good (seen in comparison to my needs), but I am in doubt about the Graphics vcard, and I cannot seem to find any information about it anywhere on the web, or these forums.

The grapics card in question is the nVidia GT330 with 2 GB of memory.

The stats for the PC i am about to buy are:

CPU: core i5 750
Memory: 6 GB of RAM
OS: Windows 7 64 bit

I am only going to be playing two games on it - World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2. I might play Diablo III when it lands as well, but it is hard to predict the requirements for that game yet.

Can anyone please enlighten me - is this graphics card an achilleus-heel for an otherwise excellent system? Or is it actually allright for what I am intendig to use it for?

Best regards

Christian
a c 235 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 5:47:31 PM

hey christian

the GT3xx series is an OEM card based of the GT 240, the GT330 is similar to the GT 240 DDR3 (some use the G92 GPU from the 8800GT) and the GT 340 is similar to the GT 240 DDR5. there is also a GT320 that offers performance below the previous two cards. The good news is the GT 240 plays SC2 well, WoW solid, and should be OK to good in Diablo III.

the card itself does not have 2GB, it uses system memory rather then dedicated memory to reach that mark. in fact, it really can't us e more then 512mb effectively.

if you really want that card, i would suggest purchasing a GT240 DDR5 separately off newegg or tigerdirect.

or you can give us some more specs of your future PC, like your PSU (or the model of your PC), your monitor's resolution, and your budget. we can then recommend you a card to better fit your PC.
a c 271 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 10:10:49 PM

ct1615 said:
hey christian

the GT3xx series is an OEM card based of the GT 240, the GT330 is similar to the GT 240 DDR3 (some use the G92 GPU from the 8800GT) and the GT 340 is similar to the GT 240 DDR5. there is also a GT320 that offers performance below the previous two cards. The good news is the GT 240 plays SC2 well, WoW solid, and should be OK to good in Diablo III.

the card itself does not have 2GB, it uses system memory rather then dedicated memory to reach that mark. in fact, it really can't us e more then 512mb effectively.

if you really want that card, i would suggest purchasing a GT240 DDR5 separately off newegg or tigerdirect.

or you can give us some more specs of your future PC, like your PSU (or the model of your PC), your monitor's resolution, and your budget. we can then recommend you a card to better fit your PC.

The GT340 is the OEM version of the retail GT240 and the GT330 is not similar to the GT240 at all really but they are similar/same as the retail version of the 8800/9800GT and the 9600GSO depending on which one the OEM wants to sell you, not so sure about the shared memory either as the NV site doesn't mention whether it's shared or not.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 10:17:32 PM

Mousemonkey said:
GT240 and the GT330 is not similar to the GT240 at all really but they are similar/same as the retail version of the 8800/9800GT and the 9600GSO depending on which one the OEM wants to sell you,


ive read the GT330 as being sold with the G92 from the 8800/9800GT and some sold with the GT215 from the GT 240.


NVIDIA is launching three new GeForces, the GT 320, 330 and 340. Exclusively for OEMs, these models are versions of the GeForce GT240.....Note however that the GT330 can also be based on a G92 and is then derived from the GeForce 8/9s: ...Above and beyond the unfortunately habitual renaming, the lack of clarity on the GT330 can only be regretted as quite different cards will be available under the same reference.

http://www.behardware.com/news/10758/geforce-gt-320-330...

even the wiki page gives it various configuration specs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Nvidia_graph...
a c 271 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 10:28:04 PM

ct1615 said:
ive read the GT330 as being sold with the G92 from the 8800/9800GT and some sold with the GT215 from the GT 240.

Check the specs on the Nv site, if it has the G215 from a GT240 then it would be 40nm and DX10.1 and be a GT340 but if it has 96 SP's it may well be a 9600GSO variant which also has 96 SP's.
August 1, 2010 8:02:02 PM

Thanks a million for all your replies - it is MUCH appreciated :love: 

From what I read, I think I am going to buy the computer, since it will probably live up to my needs for now (And it is a good price as far as I can see).

Some more detailed specs, I will give you here:

Processor Type: Intel Core i5
Number: 750
Speed: 2,66 GHz
CPU Cache: 8 MB L2
Chipset: Intel H57

RAM Type: DDR3
RAM (MB): 6 144
RAM Speed (MHz): 1 066
RAM Slot (Total): 4
RAM Slot (Free): 1

HDD capacity: 1 TB
RPM: 7200
Interface: S-ATA

GPU: nVidia GT 330
GPU memory: 2044 MB
Shared GPU memory: 3327 MB

And the OS is Windows 7 64 bit.

I think this is as detailed as I can describe it.

The price is 6666 DKR (1167,43 $), which is a price I find fair.

As mentioned, it was only the GPU I was in doubt about, but now I know that it will do the job :) 

Thanks again for all your replies.

Best regards

/Christian

a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2010 10:46:58 AM

Why would you need 6 GB RAM for core i5?It would only waste the dual-channel configuration unless it is 2x2GB+2x1GB.2x2GB is enough for you.
August 2, 2010 11:37:18 AM

Well, I had planned to go buy it today, but now it is sold out :( 

So it is back to the drawing board for me.

It is a good point with the ram - I will look out for that in the future.

Again, thanks for your replies - it has been very helpful :) 

All the best


/Christian
a c 271 U Graphics card
February 21, 2012 2:36:23 PM

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