ASUS R7 240 2GB DDR3 is budget graphics card for pc gamers

cheap graphics card highly popular PC users, especially in here. Most users with limited budget hassle of looking for cheap graphics cards for gaming needs, but it is difficult to spend big money. Based on the Cheap test done by our colleagues at some time ago, actually quite a lot of graphics card with a price of 50-60 USD which can still provide a pleasant enough to play experience, though it should be with detail and low resolution. Of course, by overclocking, the performance obtained from the various Cheap graphics card can be even higher.

This time, we will try to overclock on the ASUS Radeon R7 240 2GB DDR3 (R7240-2GD3-L) VGA, to see how far the graphics card potential can be improved.

ASUS Radeon R7 240 comes with a low profile, with a small fan heatsink. The sales package is quite simple, just include the Driver CD without any additional extras (Fair enough for a VGA worth 60 dollars). At first glance, this design from the form of its PCB to its minimalist VRM design, does not reflect a can be overclocked high.

The speed of the AMD Radeon R7 240 GPU is set at 780 Mhz, while the clockspeed video memory is at 900Mhz (DDR3-1800Mhz). This means the ASUS Radeon R7 240 specification is not much different from the reference specs of the AMD website. Carrying 320 Radeon Cores with GCN architecture, the cheap GPU capability should be slightly above AMD APU Richland A8-6600K. Not to forget also, this VGA is equipped with video memory (VRAM) of 2GB, more than enough for its class.

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You will need some software that will help overclocking process. Here's a list of additional software / tools we use:

    GPU-Z
    ASUS GPU Tweak

GPU-Z will be useful to see your GPU clock (especially to see Max Boost Clock), then all overclocking action will be done through ASUS GPU Tweak, a tool overclocking this default GPU. To perform benchmarking as well as short stability tests, we will use 3DMark Fire Strike software (Default Preset), and also Watch_Dogs games to test the performance improvements we get from overclocking.

Using the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (basic preset DX9), we tested the stability of the ASUS Radeon R7 240 at clock 1050/1200 (GPU / Memory). After repeats several times, we ensure that our GPUs are stable enough to work everyday in such configurations. During the stability test, we also recorded the maximum temperature of the ASUS Radeon R7 240 GPU using the GPU-Z tool, and the temperature sensor recorded a maximum of 59 C (no casing, room temperature 24-25 C). Quite normal and still within safe limits.

After viewing the overclocked R7 240's performance, we are curious to compare its performance with a single class VGA on it, the Radeon R7 250 1GB GDDR5 (note: We did not find the Radeon R7 250 GDDR5 with 2GB of RAM during the test). Although 'only' uses 1GB of RAM Video, Radeon R7 250 DDR5 has a memory bandwidth that is MUCH higher than Radeon R7 240 with DDR3, not to mention Radeon R7 250 has 384SP, '20% more stream processor (' Radeon cores') from R7 240 - with a much faster GPU clockspeed anyway!

The expertise of Radeon R7 250 with GDDR5 is not yet surpassed Radeon R7 240 DDR3. Massive memory bandwidth, as well as a more powerful GPU on the Radeon R7 250 make it 40% more than the Radeon R7 240. However, by overclocking, the Radeon R7 240 can approach a Radeon R7 250, with a performance difference of about 10% between the two !

By overclocking on the ASUS Radeon R7 240 2GB DDR3, we can get extra performance is quite large, about 30% -an. For gamers with a thin budget, the extra performance of course can add significant play convenience, because it can change the game that was not able to run on 30 FPS, to be above 30 FPS. More good, the overclocking headroom on ASUS Radeon R7 240 is able to approach Radeon R7 250 1GB GDDR5 which costs about 40% more expensive