GeForce Vs. GeForce? The Sub-$100 Market
We have a strange situation here in that the new GeForce GT 240's main competition turns out to be other GeForce cards. AMD left a large gap between the ~$70 Radeon HD 4670 and the ~$110 Radeon HD 4770/4850. The Radeon HD 4830 used to compete well in this space, but poor availability suggests that it's at the end of its life already.
Because of this, the GeForce GT 220 will be competing mostly against members of its own family: the GeForce 9600 GSO, 9600 GT, and 9800 GT. Of course, we won't forget the Radeon HD 4670.
|Header Cell - Column 0||GeForce GT 240||GeForce 9600 GSO||GeForce 9600 GT||Radeon HD 4670|
|Fabrication Process||40nm||G96: 65nmG94: 55nm||65/55nm||55nm|
|Graphics Clock (Texture and ROP units)||550 MHz||550 MHz||650 MHz||750 MHz|
|Processor Clock (Shader Units)||1,360 MHz||1,375 MHz||1,625 MHz||N/A|
|Memory Clock (Clock Rate/Data Rate)||850 MHz (3,400 MHz effective) GDDR51,000 MHz (2,000 MHz effective) DDR3||800 MHz(1,600 MHz effective) DDR3||900 MHz (1,800 MHz effective) DDR3||1,000 MHz (2,000 MHz effective) DDR3|
|Memory Interface||128-bit||G96: 192-bit/128-bitG94: 256-bit||256-bit||128-bit|
|Stream processors||96||G96: 96G94: 48||64||320|
|Texture Filtering Units||32||48||32||32|
|Microsoft DirectX/Shader model||10.1/4.1||10/4.0||10/4.0||10.1/4.1|
Note how close the specifications for the new GeForce GT 240 are to the older GeForce 9600 GT. There are two principal differences: the new GeForce GT 240 sports half the memory bus, but using high-bandwidth GDDR5 memory compensates for that. However, the GeForce 9600 GT boasts higher clock speeds and 33% more ROPs. This is something that may manifest itself through higher performance in certain situations.
Bear in mind that Nvidia will likely eliminate its older, costlier-to-produce cards from the market soon after the GeForce GT 240 arrives in full force. If the different flavors of GeForce GT 240 can compete with the GeForce 9600 GSO and GeForce 9600 GT, it would make sense for Nvidia to pull the plug on those models when they're no longer being ordered. If the performance is there, it might even be a good idea to pull the GeForce 9800 GT.
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awesome for an HTPC!!Reply
Well, it appears I might be the first poster... and that's pretty indicative of how exciting this card truly is. At any price point it's just hard to get excited when a company is just re-badging/re-naming older cards. DDR5? Oh yay! Now about that 128 bit bus...Reply
I really can't justify this card when a Sparkle 9800GT is on newegg for the same price or less than these cards. Perhaps if energy costs are really important to you?Reply
Before we get into the game results, something we want to stress is that all of the GeForce cards we used for benchmarking ended up being factory overclocked models, but that our Diamond Radeon HD 4670 sample is clocked at reference speeds.
The memory on the Diamond Radeon HD 4670 is clocked 200Mhz below reference speeds.
Also, the 9600 GSO was on the Egg for $35 after MIR a few weeks/months back. No, that's not a top-tier card, but at $35 that's practically an impulse buy.Reply
Looking at what cards people actually have (8800gt mostly), I think there are very few that would want to upgrade to this. Give us something better, Nvidia! The only reason why Ati doesn't have a 90% market share right now is that they can't make 5800s and 5700s fast enough.
the card is pointless, it's Nvidia's attempt to get some $$$ before an EP!C FA!L launch of FermiReply
The card is pointless, it's Nvidia's attempt to get some $$$ before an EP!C FA!L launch of Fermi.Reply
No SLI means they want to force higher profit purchases from those looking for cheap multi-card setups. That's dirty. I wonder how two 4670s compare to one of these for the damn near the same price?Reply
I too noticed the discrepancy in your stated numbers for the Diamond 4670. In the article it states 750MHz / 800MHz (1600 effective). But then in your chart it states 750MHz / 1000MHz (2000 effective).Reply
So, which one was used? Reference is 750/1000 (2000 eff.) Diamond had two versions, I believe, one at the reference speed and one at 750/900 (1800 eff.)
Just trying to understand you pick so we could better understand the results.