(Tested) ASUS GeForce GT 440 Review

ASUS GeForce GT 440 review index

6 – ASUS GT 440 Power Consumption and Overclocking

ASUS GT 440, FurMark 1.9.0

For the power consumption and overclocking test, I used the upcoming FurMark 1.9.0. The graphics workload in the new FurMark 1.9.0 has been slightly increased, leading to more power consumption (few watts in more). But this extra graphics workload can make the difference with high overclocking settings.

The total power consumption of the testbed at idle with the GT 440 is 90W.

With default settings (GPU @ 823MHz, Vcore @ 1.100V), the total power consumption of the testbed stressed by FurMark (FurMark settings: 1920×1080, fullscreen, Burn-in mode, dynamic background, no AA, no postfx) is 180W with a max GPU temperature of 67°C.
P = (180-90) * 0.9
P = 81 watts

where 0.9 is the PSU efficiency factor. For the Corsair AX1200 PSU, this factor is around 0.9 (see this article, there is a graph of the AX1200 efficiency).

This result is interesting because the power consumption of the car alone is greater than the TDP (65W). This is normal because the TDP represents the power consumption for typical 3D applications like games and not of a GPU stress test like FurMark. What’s more, the GT 440 is not equipped with a power limiter like on GeForce GTX 500 or Radeon HD 6900 Series. On a HD 6900, even under FurMark, we can’t excess the maximal TDP because of the power limiter. For example, the TDP of a HD 6950 is 200W and the power consumption under FurMark is 204W.

81W is more than the max power the PCI-Express slot can supply (75W). Actually it’s a theoretical limit and high quality motherboards can supply more than 75W.

Here, a properly designed power limiter would have limited the power draw to around 75W…

At idle, the GPU temperature is 30°C and under load, this temperature does not exceed 67°C. And the noise level? Under FurMark stress test, we can hear a little the fan but it’s more than tolerable. We are very very far from the noise of the GTX 480 reference cooler…

Now let’s see the OC caps of this card. I only rose the GPU core clock because GPU voltage tweaking is not available in SmartDoctor or in Afterburner. The GPU voltage or Vcore or VDDC = 1.100V. In the next lines, TPC stands for Total Power Consumption of the testbed. The burn-in test is done with FurMark 1.9.0.

  • GPU: 840MHz, TPC: 182W, GPU temp: 68°C – Burn-in test: PASSED
  • GPU: 860MHz, TPC: 184W, GPU temp: 69°C – Burn-in test: PASSED
  • GPU: 880MHz, TPC: 186W, GPU temp: 70°C – Burn-in test: PASSED
  • GPU: 900MHz, TPC: 186W, GPU temp: 70°C – Burn-in test: PASSED
  • GPU: 910MHz, TPC: 186W, GPU temp: 70°C – Burn-in test: PASSED
  • GPU: 930MHz, TPC: 190W, GPU temp: 71°C – Burn-in test: PASSED

Why did I stop at 930MHz? Because under other tools like TessMark or 3DMark11, the GPU clocked at 930MHz produces artifacts. Then it’s not a stable GPU core clock. As I said in this GTX 560 Ti overclocking article, the goal is to find an OC setting that is stable for a certain set of applications. And for the overclocking of this GT 440, the set of applications is:

{FurMark 1.9.0, 3DMark11, TessMark}

After few tests, I found that 910MHz is a stable GPU core clock for my applications set.

Anyway it’s interesting to see that 930MHz is still stable under FurMark. That means that the power circuitry and GPU quality are very good and that the motherboard has a very powerful PCI-Express slot because: (190-90) * 0.9 = 90W! For a GPU overclocked at 930MHz, the PCI-Express slot must supply 90W!!!

That’s why ASUS’s GT 440 deserves the FurMark Approved award:

ASUS GT 440, FurMark Approved

Keep in mind that this award does not represent the max overclocking setting but rather an indication of the quality of the power circuitry, GPU and the cooling system.

What is the RTI? RTI stands for Return To Idle: it’s the time taken to return to idle temperature right after full load stress test. In our case, the GT 440 takes 240 seconds to go from 71°C to 29°C. We can also define a kind of cooling factor:
cooling factor = dT / RTI_time
dT = 71 – 29
RTI_time = 240
cooling factor = 0.175
The higher the cooling factor, the better the cooling system is.

The overclocking award is:

ASUS GT 440, Geeks3D OC validation

I submitted one 3DMark11 score with GPU @ 910MHz:

Remember, with a GPU at 823MHz, the 3DMark11 score is P1303

Here is a comparative table of the power consumption of the card ALONE (not the total power consumption of the system):

Power: 352W – EVGA GTX 580 SC (core: 880MHz, Vcore:1.082V) – OC settings
Power: 330W – ASUS ENGTX580 (core: 871MHz, Vcore:1.088V) – OC settings
Power: 324W – EVGA GTX 580 SC (core: 797MHz, Vcore:1.082V – default settings)
Power: 298W – ASUS Radeon HD 6950 (core: 840MHz, Vcore: 1.300V) – OC settings
Power: 290W – ASUS ENGTX580 (default settings)
Power: 276W – SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 (core: 940MHz, Vcore: 1.175V) – OC settings
Power: 272W – ASUS Radeon HD 6950 DirectCU II (core: 950MHz, Vcore: 1.150V)
Power: 272W – EVGA GTX 480
Power: 260W – SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 (core: 880MHz, Vcore: 1.175V)
Power: 225W – ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP (core: 900MHz, Vcore:1.025V)
Power: 220W – SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 (core: 1000MHz, Vcore: 1.300V) – OC settings
Power: 204W – ASUS Radeon HD 6950 DirectCU II (core: 810MHz, Vcore: 1.100V)
Power: 197W – ASUS Radeon HD 6950 (core: 810MHz, Vcore: 1.100V)
Power: 185W – ATI Radeon HD 5870
Power: 155W – SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 (core: 900MHz, Vcore: 1.175V)
Power: 147W – ASUS EAH6870
Power: 135W – MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5 OC
Power: 81W – ASUS GeForce GT 440 @ 823MHz

ASUS GeForce GT 440 review index


  • spiked_mistborn

    Nice review, thanks! It does a good job of showing how you can get much better performance by spending just a little more money. 5670 and 450 would have been good for comparison though. Also, can you please run the 5770 crossfire setup through all benchmarks in the future? I would especially like to see how it impacts tessellation. I’m considering either selling my 5770 and going to a 6870 or 560, or getting another 5770. Seems like 5770 crossfire might be a good choice. Love the site, keep up the good work.

  • Thanks for your feedback.

    If I were at your place, I think I’d sell my HD5770 and I’d invest into a GTX 560 Ti. This card supports all APIs, has nice tessellation performance and is not too expensive.

    I’ll try to do this test: HD 5770 CF vs GTX 560 Ti…

  • Ghost

    ( HAWX2 is a Direct3D 11 benchmark, promoted by NVIDIA, with tessellation )

    Is this a shame?

    AMD promoted many of the DX11 games Now, simply Stop promoting And others blame

  • DrBalthar

    I repeat it again the GT440 is piss poor. There is no market for such a totally underperforming card since it is way too expansive compared with the competition.

  • spiked_mistborn

    Unless the price is very low I don’t see how this 440 can compete. I did not see any listed yet, but (if you actually get the rebate) you can get a 5670 for US$60, a GTS450 for $95, and a 5770 for $110. A google conversion says 90 euros is US$ 122.

  • Hasselhoffia

    Actually there is a market for the GT440, and that’s in the Media Center/Home Theatre PC arena where you want something capable of showing Blu-Ray HD/3D output via HDMI, not churn out masses of heat or fan-noise, fit in a low profile casing, run quite happily off a 300W PSU, and not kill your power bill. All the comparable ATI’s require a 400W PSU or better.

    But yes, for modern gaming on a full size rig environments, this card doesn’t make sense.

  • DrBalthar


    Well that would be true:

    If a) nVidia’s picture output quality wouldn’t be shit like hell

    and b) You really would get away with a 300W PSU. Which is doubtful since AMD market equivalents use less power

  • JohnP

    I just came across this review, and I agree with the first poster: use cards in the same price/performance range to allow users to get an idea of why they MIGHT (or might not) need this card. I was looking forward to a comparison with the ATI Radeon HD 5570/5670. I’m sure many readers are interested in cards that would allow them to play games, yet don’t require an external power connector. Many store-bought computers still come with PSUs rated at less than 450W, and have no connectors for PCI-E graphics cards.

  • RonS

    Since you’ve come to a conclusion that it is not suitable as a primary performance GPU (but without evidence relative to the 5670). Perhaps it might be worthwhile to focus on its relative performance as a dedicated CUDA/physx card. I’d be curious how this stacks up in that regards with the other 96sp cards: 8800gs, gt240 and the 430 (plus the gt220, 9600gt and 8800gt)

  • I honestly dont get what’s so piss poor about this card. Is the HD 4670 piss poor too? If so you’re probably just a rich snob. I recieved the gt 440 today, havent had the chance to try it due to work, but it’s stats seem to be significantly stronger than my 4670, in which case it will perform better. My 4670 already ran the games I play on high and ultra with 30 to 40 FPS. You cant sense any lag above 25FPS, hell, even 15 is acceptable in slower paced games. 80FPS is just ridiculous, it’s unnecessary if you’re poor. So this card, from what I can see, is not “piss poor”. It’s for gamers that can accept great and dont need OMGWTFOVERDONEPERFECT.

  • indeed.Just the fact that this is a 128 bit-bus en ddr5 make this a great entry card.
    In most cases your better of with this one,than a 256 but-bus and gddr3.
    You can also say that this card is faster dan a high end card ,from 3/4 years back.
    Any way it is a nice entry card,no doubt .

  • farrukh

    well..in my opinion this is great card for low end computers and for performance. Not every body willing to go for high end cards (just a craze). Perfect piece for low budget upgrade.

  • MaDnEsS

    I bought this card today. (NOT Asus, its Gainward). Price is OK 61euros,it perform well in HD gaming (Black ops,Assasin C Brotherhood…)in a mid class pc (ATH II 250, 2Gb DDR3, Hitachu 500Gb HDD,Blueberry 420W Psu) I dont no about you guys but im workin` for money, and im not stupid spend more than 50-80euros 4 graph card wich im jusing maybe 5hours/week

  • Kossa

    Great review but can I use it with 315W power unit ? (update of my old card radeon x600)

  • Xbobo

    This card is great.I’m going to buy it for replacement with my old x1550(Ati sucks)..I think it will work for you Kossa.And for the ones who said this card it’s not for gaming…mhm come on It Rocks! Perfect upgrade for low bugget.Buy it! :)

  • outofcash

    Sigh so much talk that this card sucks. But wtf shall I do, I got and old PC with a burned up GPU and 300W. I can’t afford a better card for 150$+ which require me to also buy a new PCU for 80$ which I have no competence to install at all. WTF give me 3000$ and I would buy all your wtfpawnstuff instant!

  • since in my country computer hardware is very expensive, I got this card for $120.
    Compared to my old Nvidia 7100GS 512mb its like 200% better, so gtfo if u bitch about this card.
    Even with my old CPU (Pentium D 3.7 ghz and yes im getting a core 2 duo soon) I run black ops maxed with 4x anti alliasting and with my max screen res- 1360×768 at 23-60 FPS. And I run FEAR 3 maxed at 25-50 FPS. And as you can see, this card isnt that crappy at all- the GTX580 ran crysis at 77fps while the GT440- 35 fps that is- the best GPU on planet is only like 55-60% better.

  • Hey, j’ai cette carte graphique je vous conseille de l’acheté elle est pas mal et bonne pour les jeux vidéos !
    tous marche maintenant chez moi !
    Merci asus merci nvidia !

  • wickedpsylense

    I installed a Asus GT440 brand new out of the box.
    For some reason the cd that came with the graphics card didn’t work in my cd player. I downloaded the drivers from the internet and installed them. Wow what a difference. The only problem I had was I lost my sound. No sound what so ever. I checked my drivers and they are gone and windows vista cant find my existing onboard sound hardware. My computer is a HP Pavilion a6177c TV pc. Can anyone help?? You guys sound pretty smart here

  • Naushad

    Card is available at Very Cheaper then Mentioned hear for Price do E-Mail me. My main Problem with this Card is IT DOESN’T Supports Old games like Warcraft 3 Frozen Thrones (DotA).

    any good advice or Solution do Email me.

  • Chuck

    I don’t agree with this review. I use this card for playing whatever game I want, RE5 runs like butter average 60fps with this card, hell I’m even playing Skyrim at high settings with this! It may not be the greatest card on the market but it does a nice job with games.

    I think you are being too harsh on your review

  • AquaDrake

    I think playing games doesn’t rely on graphics card alone, I also use this card and performs very well, Battlefield 3, Shift 2 Unleashed,and crysis 2! Shooting games at mid settings, racing games at full! I double my fps by overclocking my Processor, I have AMD Athlon 2 x2 250, 3.0 ghz, dual core, pretty much on the entry level, i oc’ed at 3.9ghz, and ZOOM! Double FPS! All entry level hardware can still perform very well if u know what to do, some people just want to have bragging rights with their hardware, honestly, u can’t win tournaments with 100 fps… Kickass players with 30 fps will kill u in an instant!

  • Ceejoe89

    I thought of buying a gt450 but then realised that i still need to increase my 250watts psu, so I decided to split the cash and go for a gt440 and a 450watts. I’m a great fan of nvidia cards, ‘Piss poor’, no i say.

  • Bizzle

    Hello every one.
    I just though i would read some reviews on my card and see what other people think.
    (Piss poor) haaaa i dont think you know what you are on about, here is my system.

    Core 2 Duo E8400 3.6Ghz (Eo) steping
    Asus p5g41 main board
    4 Gb DDR3 1333 Ram
    500watt psu
    Seagate 250Gb 7200Rpm 16mb chase
    Asus GT440 DDR5 1Gb
    windows 7 32bit

    Now the people in here that are saying that this card is shit are more then likley little kids with very rich mumey and dady so they get the best witch is not needed.
    there is not oner game out at the moment that the gt440 can not run. gtx560 580 & 590 u dont need them i was gonner get one but when i saw the price i though why would i spend that much on somethink so not needed so i got this.
    and i run all and any game out at the min and will be able to for some years yet, i dont even have a wiked computer but it is godd and this is a good card a good price and there is a big market for this they have sold so many so go for it dont listen to thes little kids i play all my games on high or max out and i am never getting less the 25fps no lie so get it good card a good for gaming.
    all they are is ppl giving it a bad name to put u off well fuck them they dont know what they talking about because they dont have to work to get there things were as most normale ppl do.
    it is a good card go for it i did and i dont regret it have a look on ebay that is the best place to get it and i would say go for the asus one cos u can overclcok it and bleave me it overclocks like a beast mine at the min is at 980Mhz core clock and even stock it is so good i am just obsesed with overclocking stuff
    have fun it wont let u down

  • vincci

    i would say that ati5670 is a bit over all faster than this 440(load and process faster). BUT!!! Pixel wise, the 440 is above it! 440 has 14256 Mpixels/sec while 5670 is only at 6200 Mpixels/sec.

  • KD

    Dear All,
    Can I install NVIDIA GT 440 PciXpress INNO3D card HP Compaq 6200 Pro MT with 340 watts PSU.Bye

  • Talska

    I use GT440 and play battelfield on 1280-1024 and high setting. 35-45 FPS. Not everyone want to buy a card for 300 euro, if you do that you are stupid.

    My spec,s:
    AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 B55 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.3GHz
    8192MB RAM
    Hard Drive:
    2 TB total
    Video Card:
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 440 DDR3!
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.111118-2330)
    MSI 760GM-P23
    Computer Case:
    HKC 4673GD
    PSU:(Adata Pro 550 watt)

  • jerry

    I truely agree with bizzle . gt 440 is really a great video card for entry lvl of gamer , gddr 5memory type with 65power supply is unbeatable and 3200mhz memory bus , around 90 dallors, no other card can reach this . Getting around 30fps is enough and playble for latest game. It is unnecessary for getting more than 40fps or your mom and daddy are just too rich . it is really good for installing in a computer that with low psu .
    last I have been looking for this card for a long time .