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ECS NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 512MB

Michael Larabel

Published on 22 January 2010
Written by Michael Larabel
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At this point we are unable to draw any real conclusions about the GeForce GT 240 or this specific ECS NGT240-512QI-F graphics card. This is because of the performance issues we encountered with the GeForce GT 240 running slower than the GeForce GT 220, which is definitely not supposed to happen. This issue was reproduced on two different systems with the latest stable and beta NVIDIA Linux drivers. We are continuing to investigate this issue and will report back when we have more information, which right now may be a problem with the driver or a defect in the card (or video BIOS) itself. CoolBits was also broken for overclocking this graphics card.

If these performance issues are sorted out, the NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 looks like a nice graphics card that is currently selling for about $90 USD at Amazon and NewEgg. The ECS GeForce GT 240 has the very nice Arctic Cooling Accelero L2 heatsink that operates very quietly and at a very low temperature, as our test results show. With its support for the latest VDPAU feature set it also makes this a nice multimedia graphics card for a Home Theater PC or entertainment system. Unfortunately, for those interested in using this with an open-source driver, the Nouveau driver stack does not yet support this graphics card with kernel mode-setting or really any support at all, but it should come in due time.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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