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Sapphire R7 240 Dual HDMI Graphics Card

Overclocking

Overclocking on AMD is fairly straight forward as unlike Kepler there is no crazy algorithms to worry about which sometimes plagues power users as the Nvidia GPU boost utilizes many factors to calculate how it throttles.

AMD just lets you set the clock and power target percentage and your off to the races. Sapphire offers the Trixx app for overclocking or you can use any other app should you want to overclock the card with everything available on the market it really is as simple as choosing which you want to use.

 3d11 stk

3d11 OC

The Sapphire Radeon R7-240 came out of the box with a 780MHz core clock and being a mini card I really did not expect much here.

Upon starting to push the card I quickly found that the 240 while being small has some definite power left on the table as I quickly ran it past the GHz mark and north of 1100 but with some minor stability issues I decided to rest it at 1100 even.

Next up was memory which is DDR3 and comes clocked at 900MHz or 1800 Effective clock. upon pushing I was able to get it to a 1200MHz clock with an effective 2400 MHz.

The GPU overclock came out to  40% which is astonishing and the memory topped out at 34% at 2400MHz effective for a simply amazing clocking experience and at these speeds they are 100% stable.

As you can see above we see almost a 37% increase in 3D Performance with this overclock all while staying very cool never topping 57C on the GPU which means this should be safe for everyday use and may even make some HD gaming at mid levels a real possibility.

TEMPERATURES

To measure the temperature of the video card, we used MSI Afterburner and ran Heaven Benchmark in a loop to find the Load temperatures for the video cards. The highest temperature was recorded. After looping for 10 minutes, Heaven was turned off and we let the computer sit at the desktop for another 10 minutes before we measured the idle temperatures.

 

GPU Temperatures Temperature (Idle/Load)
Nvidia GTX 690 32C/81C
Nvidia GTX TITAN 31C/67C
Nvidia GTX 780 30C/65C
Nvidia GTX 770 34C/79C
Nvidia GTX 760 31C/67C
Sapphire R7-240 29C/57C

The GPU on the 240 simply refused to get warm even when max clocked never exceeded 60C or even touched it.

POWER CONSUMPTION

Power_Consumption

To get our power consumption numbers, we plugged in our Kill A Watt power measurement device and took the Idle reading at the desktop during our temperature readings. We left it at the desktop for about 15 minutes and took the idle reading. Then we ran Heaven Benchmark for a few minutes minutes and recorded the highest power usage.

power Consume

The R7-240 requires only slot power and due to this it simply was not power hungry at all.

Sapphire Radeon R7-240 Dual HDMI Sapphire being the premier partner for AMD its only natural that they offer every one of AMDs offerings and maybe even some special tweaks to the lower end or more mainstream models available. The card we are reviewing today happens to be one of those cards which is the R7-240 which is destined to be something like a stock replacement for an off the shelf PC. Sapphire did something pretty interesting here by equipping the card with dual HDMI connectors vs the standard connection array. Key Features…

Review Overview

Performance - 8
Value - 8.5
Quality - 9
Features - 8
Innovation - 9

8.5

Summary : The Sapphire R7-240 Dual HDMI is one potent mini card with a ton of overclocking potential, perfect for off the shelf system upgrades

9

2 comments

  1. Kind of pretentious to consider today a lowly card hobbled on DDR3 to have a place in Ultra 1080p gaming. This is just a quick dual monitor upgrade card for a SFF. There are GDDR5 R7 240 units like the one Diamond has that would be more the “entry gaming” while in a half-height package. It has some oomph to permit 1080p when more judicious medium/no-AA settings are placed on it. Sure it not going to “wow” you but to even achieve 1080p in a SFF enclosure and only a 30W TDP is astounding.

    “I have to wonder why Sapphire did not crank this up to begin with.” Because they’re constrained to stay within the 30W TDP.

    I really see next time you do this type of card, forget all the other graphic cards you’ve notched on your grip. Cut it down a to say 4 cards all in this half-height package, price, and card in the past and perhaps currently fall into something approaching this TDP. Would be nice to see this against a 6570 DDR5 (60W), a GT 630 (65W) (hard if impossible to get as DDR5 half-height), and something stronger that can chronicle into a bunch of previous data like a 6670 GDDR5 (65W). Using that group gives a clear picture as to where we’ve been, and expectations today. All the synthetic test don’t indicate much of anything other than it’s way lower performance than, newer, more powerful and expensive gaming cards. Kind of figured that…

    • I agree with Ultra 1080p gaming, however I dont have a 1080p monitor just a 20 inch 720p monitor and I can play all games on high or ultra with at least 30fps at 1600×900. So for 50 bucks it was awesome for me.

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