A day before release, Fudzilla have finalized specifications and price for what is likely to be Nvidia’s final release before Fermi. The product is the GT 240 – based on the 40nm GT215 shrink. It packs in 96 shader units and an unusually low clock speed for a product of it’s kind of 550 MHz. Another evidence of Nvidia struggling with the 40nm process? Of course, the GT 240 releases many months late, and really, it would only be competitive had it released in 2008.

The GT 240 will ship with either a GDDR3 version or a GDDR5 version. Considering it is tied to a 128 bit memory interface, we can expect the GDDR5 version to be much faster. Performance wise, the faster GDDR5 version is expected to just edge out the $69 HD 4670, but fall much short of the 9800 GT or the HD 4770. Not particularly remarkable? But the worst part of the GT 240 is its price.

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A day before release, Fudzilla have finalized specifications and price
for what is likely to be Nvidia’s final release before Fermi. The
product is the GT 240 – based on the 40nm GT215 shrink. It packs in 96
shader units and an unusually low clock speed for a product of it’s kind
of 550 MHz. Another evidence of Nvidia struggling with the 40nm
process? Of course, the GT 240 releases many months late, and really, it
would only be competitive had it released in 2008.

The GT 240
will ship with either a GDDR3 version or a GDDR5 version. Considering it
is tied to a 128 bit memory interface, we can expect the GDDR5 version
to be much faster. Performance wise, the faster GDDR5 version is
expected to just edge out the $69 HD 4670, but fall much short of the
9800 GT or the HD 4770. Not particularly remarkable? But the worst part
of the GT 240 is its price.

The GT 240 is reportedly priced at $99. Sadly, with much faster HD 4850s and HD 4770s available for under $100 these days, the only reason you would want a GT 240 is if you don’t play games and just want CUDA.

Worse still, Nvidia’s own G92 warrior, the 9800 GT, is priced at the same $99. It will offer much better performance, though using more power and lacking DX 10. We don’t even want to mention the HD 5750, which outclasses the GT 240 by miles in every department, and doesn’t cost much more.

In the end, the GT 240 is yet another abysmal entry into the recent GT21x releases. It is not that these products are bad – they are more than a year late and way too overpriced. Nvidia are probably looking at marketing muscle to shift these graphics cards, as product wise, there’s nothing going on here.

Reference: Fudzilla