Last October, Nvidia released a brand new graphics card for the budget market, the GeForce GT 220, and unlike the seedy GTS 250, this was actually a new product that deserved to be part of the 200 series. Using a last-generation manufacturing process and code-named GT216, you won't be aware of any of this, as the 40nm GeForce GT 220 turned out to be a dud.
In terms of performance, we were disappointed that the theoretical bandwidth of 25.3 GB / s placed this card next to the old GeForce 9500 GT. The GeForce GT 220 would indeed be much slower than the GeForce 9600 GT, which we thought was a joke.
Of course, not everyone can afford a high-end graphics card, which is why we welcomed the addition for reasons of competition. But here it got even more ridiculous. Nvidia decided to put a price of $ 80 on the card, even if ATI's far superior Radeon HD 4670 had been retailing for less money for quite some time.
Prices have fallen slightly since then, but our minds about it haven't changed much. We think the GeForce GT 220 was a pointless release, so we have to remain skeptical about this new card from Nvidia. The GeForce GT 240 is said to be considerably more powerful than the GT 220, but should still be significantly below the GeForce 9800 GT in terms of performance.
In other words, it seems the GeForce GT 240 picks up where the GeForce 9600 GT left off. With the remaining 9,600 GT shares priced at just under $ 100, Nvidia's newest card will start here. This seems like the right product for the Radeon HD 4670 as we assume it will offer a similar level of performance, keep power consumption under control, but again at the wrong price.
Of course, our expectations for the GeForce GT 240 aren't overwhelming, but that doesn't mean we won't approach it fairly. We really hope that the tweaked version of Gainward that we're reviewing today may surprise us. Now let's dwell on that.