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March 26, 2011 9:20:09 PM

Hi, I posted not so long ago on this forum about a graphics card. I've been using a GeForce 8400 gs, it was alright for awhile but basically I'm not satisfied.

I'm thinking of getting a GeForce GT 240 or a Sapphire HD5570. I hear most people say that a GT 240 is better but main problem is that apparently it takes two slots. I am a little confused about this because I could have sworn that I saw a review were it stated that it had one slot. If it does take two slots I don't think it will fit into my computer. My computer is a Compaq Presario SR5414UK, here is a picture of the motherboard.

http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport...

If this is the case I'm thinking of purchasing a Sapphire HD5570, just so I dont have to worry about installing it on my computer. Oh does anyone know if HD5570 is Windows Vista compatible and does my computer have enough power to run it?

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a b U Graphics card
March 26, 2011 9:27:02 PM

Will a GT240 run on a 300w generic PSU?
Yes, that graphics card consumes very little power. Will you be gaming?

Is the Radeon HD5570 compatible with Windows Vista?
Yes.

Does the GT240 require two PCIEx16 slots?
No.
March 26, 2011 11:00:29 PM

Thanks for the reply but I was concerned about the power with the HD5570. Anyway I'm still a little confused about the slots, heres what another poster told me.

Newegg has a Geforce GT 240 with 512MB GDDR5 memory for just $35 after rebate. The only downside is it takes up 2 slots:

So are there different types of GT240s? Yes I will be gaming.

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March 26, 2011 11:05:13 PM

Oh heres a link of the card. I can't see two slots at all, could have sworn I saw somebody in a review state they have two slots.
a b U Graphics card
March 26, 2011 11:06:45 PM

What's your screen resolution and what games do you intend to play, because with your system and a GT240; You will be extremely limited.

I see now what you are talking of, not two PCIEx16 slots but rather two expansion slots in the case (more space used on the motherboard too).

You will be able to fit a GeForce GT240 in there with no trouble, sure.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Asus GeForce GT240-1024MB $60
a c 664 U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 2:16:14 AM

March 27, 2011 1:21:48 PM

omnisome said:
What's your screen resolution and what games do you intend to play,



My current screen resolution is 1440 by 900.

omnisome said:

because with your system and a GT240; You will be extremely limited.


That doesn't sound to good but to be quite honest I have actually thought about not buying a new card. The game I want to play with the card is Champions Online, in all fairness GeForce 8400 GS has been alright and I really haven't had anything to worry about. I only started to notice things when I got into some really heavy fighting then the frame rate started to mess up. I have also played Dragon Age and to be quite honest I've had no problems at all with it.

Somebody on another forum suggested a GTX460 and as far as I can see thats even more powerful, he also stated my system was pretty modern.


mosox said:
GT 240 DDR5 not DDR3, that one is slower.


Doesn't it state its DDR5 on the link though? Again this is really confusing. Theres this card, it states here that its DDR3

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

On amazon.co.uk it states the same one is DDR5.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/XFX-GeForce-GT-240-Graphics/dp/...

Video Memory: 512 MB - GDDR5 SDRAM
Also there is this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The above is listed as DDR5 but on the Amazon description it states it's DDR5 then when you read down it says its DDR3

Manufacturer's Description
Equipped with the world fastest GDDR5 memory, Palit GT240 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.


Product Description
Interfaces:1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) 1 x DVI-I (dual link) - 29 pin combined DVI 1 x HDMI - 19 pin HDMI Type A, Compatible Slots:1 x PCI Express 2.0, Supported Windows 7 Features:Windows Media Center, Certified for Windows Vista:Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security., Video Memory:512 MB, Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce GT 240, Technology:GDDR3 SDRAM 128-bit, Features:Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision Ready, Nvidia CUDA technology, Nvidia PureVideo HD technology, Nvidia PhysX-Ready, HDCP compatible:Yes, Digital Video Standard:D igital Visual Interface (DVI), High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), API Supported:o penGL 3.2, DirectX 10.1






Thanks for the suggestions, however I'm going to buy from Amazon, it will get to me quicker.

Well maybe I should be more patient but I want my card like 5 minutes ago. I'm going to make a decison today and I'm going to choose between these three cards

1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

3. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-sapphire-hd-5570-pci...(x16)-1600mhz-gddr3-650mhz-gpu-400-cores-d-sub-dl-dvi-dp

I'm getting mixed opinions on the HD5570 vs GT240, on paper the HD5570 should perform better but most people in practice seem to say GT240. One last question does DDR3 and DDR5 make that much difference? Really my objective is just to pick a card that is significantly superior to GeForce 8400 GS, so even if it's not DDR5 does it really matter?

Well looks like I'm going to be getting the GT240. There are too many people saying its superior and that graph seems to show that. I'm assuming the highier the percentage the better the performance as opposed to how high it is on the graph. I'm probably going to get this,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Most descriptions state its DDR5 so the Amazon description must be an error. Thats the only confusing thing now, I'm getting conflicting descriptions of the same card.
a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 5:06:41 PM

Oh, I thought you were American. Stay away from the 240/DDR3 (in that graph it's the DDR5 version), better get the HD 5670 GDDR5

The Tigerdirect card is not the same as the Amazon.UK one, the first is GT240XYAFC the other is GT-240X-YHFA (manufacturer codes). Also that Palit from Newegg is double slot.

Best value for the price is the 5670:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/512mb-xfx-hd-5670-pci-e-...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/XFX-Radeon-HD-5670-DisplayPort/...

HD 5750
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

Check first if your case can take video cards with a normal braket some brand cases can only take cards with small brackets. See the difference in here this card can use either:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-HD5570-DDR3-Graphics-C...

Last small pic, the standard bracket is on the card, two extra small brackets provided in the package. The card is DDR3, the 5570 ddr5 is better.


The 5670 is better than the GT240/DDR5 which is better than the 5570 DDR5 which is better than the GT240/DDR3.
March 27, 2011 6:00:53 PM

mosox said:
Oh, I thought you were American. Stay away from the 240/DDR3 (in that graph it's the DDR5 version), better get the HD 5670 GDDR5


Best value for the price is the 5670:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/512mb-xfx-hd-5670-pci-e-...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/XFX-Radeon-HD-5670-DisplayPort/...

The Tigerdirect card is not the same as the Amazon.UK one, the first is GT240XYAFC the other is GT-240X-YHFA (manufacturer codes). Also that Palit from Newegg is double slot.

Best value for the price is the 5670:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/512mb-xfx-hd-5670-pci-e-...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/XFX-Radeon-HD-5670-DisplayPort/...


Whoa! Thanks but I'm only looking to pay around 50 something for a new card, thats more than I'm willing to pay. Bare in mind my objectives are simply to get a card that is significantly superior to 8400GS. A card that will give improved performance and eliminate choppiness. Even if the G240 DDR5 is less value for money it doesn't matter if it gives me what I want.


mosox said:


The 5670 is better than the GT240/DDR5 which is better than the 5570 DDR5 which is better than the GT240/DDR3.


Ok got it GT240 DDR5 is better than the 5570 DDR5. So it looks like I will be getting this.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/XFX-GeForce-GT-240-Graphics/dp/...

This one states that it's DDR 5 and it has a PCI-E slot.

Interface Type: PCI Express 2.0 x16

I am little bit worried about the 2.0 I hope that doesn't mean that it needs a double slot. My computer has a PCI-E slot and the interface type is PCI Express so it should fit.
a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 6:12:27 PM

That card seems to be good for you looks like single slot.
a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 6:17:24 PM

2.0 doesn't mean double slot its just version 2.0 of the PCI-Ex16 bus.
a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 6:33:34 PM

Yes, 2.0 cards work in 1.0 slots.
March 27, 2011 8:02:04 PM

Ok thank you all for your help, you have all been very helpful. This is the card I will get.
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