Zotac GeForce GT 240 in my New DevBox


JeGX dev box - GT 240 detail...

JeGX dev box - detail...


I updated this weekend my dev box with a brand new X58-based mobo (GIGABYTE X58 A-UD5), a small Core i7 960 (cooled by a Cooler Master V8), a kit of 6x2GB of DDR3 memory and Thermaltake TR2 RX-850 power supply unit.

Some pictures:

JeGX's devbox core overview
Devbox core overview

Motherboard: GIGABYTE X58 A-UD5
Motherboard: GIGABYTE X58 A-UD5

CPU: Intel Core i7 960 @ 3.2 GHz
CPU: Intel Core i7 960 @ 3.2 GHz

CPU cooler: Cooler Master V8
CPU cooler: Cooler Master V8

Memory: Corsair Dominator DDR3 CM3X2G1600C9D6
Memory: Corsair Dominator DDR3 CM3X2G1600C9D6

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 RX 850
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 RX 850 Watts

The GIGABYTE X580 mobo is cool because it has a feature I really need: onboard power switch and reset buttons:

GIGABYTE X58 A-UD5 - onboard buttons
Motherboard: GIGABYTE X58 A-UD5


Since I don’t use a case because I frequently need to change graphics cards, these buttons are really useful!

For the graphics card, I’m testting a little GeForce GT 240 from Zotac (in waiting for some GTX 4×0…). This card is nice because it has 96 shader cores (then I can do all 3D I need and if my code run well on such a card, it will run nicely on recent high end cards!), the vga cooler is quiet (even with this small fan) and it doesn’t requires external power supply connectors (TDP: 69W). Low power consumption is important for a card that runs around 12 hours a day…

Graphics card: Zotac GT 240
Graphics card: Zotac GT 240

Graphics card: Zotac GT 240

Graphics card: Zotac GT 240

Zotac GeForce GT 240 - GPU Caps Viewer
Zotac GeForce GT 240 – GPU Caps Viewer

Here is a quick overview of Zotac GT 240 raw performance. For that, I used FurMark with the following settings:
– res: 1280×1024
– no MSAA
– fullscreen
– duration: 60sec
– FurMark 1.8.0: Displacement mapping enabled

I used a Core2 E8400 based test bench (Win7 64-bit), with ForceWare 197.15 for GeForce and Catalyst 10.3 for Radeon.


FurMark 1.7.0 scores:

  • Zotac GeForce GT 240: 1714 points
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 280: 5425 points
  • MSI R5770 Hawk: 4331 points
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 (ref. board): 8130 points



FurMark 1.8.0 scores:

  • Zotac GeForce GT 240: 919 points
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 280: 2985 points
  • MSI R5770 Hawk: 2359 points
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 (ref. board): 4523 points


In stability test mode, the GPU temperature reached a max value of 63°C. And even under heavy load, the VGA cooler of the Zotac GT 240 remains quiet.


7 thoughts on “Zotac GeForce GT 240 in my New DevBox”

  1. Psolord

    Cool dev rig!

    I don’t like Thermaltake for PSUs but that’s me! 😛

  2. JeGX Post Author

    @Psolord: why don’t you like thermaltake PSU ?

    @sgtheadhol: yes it’s a really cool mobo, with SATA 6GB and USB 3.0 support…

  3. Psolord

    I don’t like Thermaltake PSUs because I had one once, that decided to die one week after its freagin warranty had expired!

    It is also noteworthy that this was the only psu that has died on me, in all my PC years.

    Other people may have similar experiences with other brands obviously! :)

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