PowerColor R7 240 1GB GDDR5 V3 OC Graphic Card Review

Not an unfamiliar name, PowerColor makes a come back to the Malaysian market, bringing in more AMD Radeon goodness. 😀

PowerColor R7 240 1GB GDDR5 V3 OC Graphic Card Review

Yes yes I know that AMD Radeon R7 200 and R9 200 stuff aren’t new, we’re in 2015 already and everyone’s anticipating the R9 300 series. While the Red Team prepares to wow the world (hopefully) with their latest range of product, the R7 and R9 200 is still pretty much relevant in today’s market. The R7 240 1GB GDDR5 model here for example is a great low-cost solution for less demanding games.

PowerColor R7 240 1GB GDDR5 V3 OC Graphic Card Review

The card is so simple, I don’t think I’ll have to elaborate much. Unlike higher-end cards that are often with DisplayPort and without VGA connector, the R7 240 here being a low end card still maintains a VGA connector but it is without DisplayPort.

PowerColor R7 240 1GB GDDR5 V3 OC Graphic Card Review

Being a low-powered card, it doesn’t require any PCI-E power connection to work.

PowerColor R7 240 1GB GDDR5 V3 OC Graphic Card Review

PowerColor R7 240 1GB GDDR5 V3 OC Graphic Card Review

Here’s the GPU-Z for the PowerColor R7 240 1GB GDDR5 V3 OC

PowerColor R7 240 1GB GDDR5 V3 OC Graphic Card Review

More details on the official product page.

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i5-4670K
RAMKingston HyperX 2x 4GB DDR3 2400Mhz Kit
MotherboardGigabyte GA-Z97X Gaming 3
CoolerNZXT Kraken X31
MonitorDell U2414H
Power SupplyFSP AURUM S 600W
CasingNZXT S340
Operating SystemWindows 8 Pro 64bit

Benchmark

Here we go!

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*720 Low = no AA, no tessalation, low details.

Card720p LOW (avg)720p (avg)
PowerColor R7 240 1GB GDDR567.422.3
ASUS R7 250 1GB GDDR579.027.2

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

CardFPS
PowerColor R7 240 1GB GDDR521.00
ASUS R7 250 1GB GDDR527.50

Bioshock Infinite

Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – 1280×720

CardFPS
PowerColor R7 240 1GB GDDR534.13
ASUS R7 250 1GB GDDR544.13

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

Below is the full load details.

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
PowerColor R7 240 1GB GDDR52655

The Verdict

The PowerColor R7 240 1GB GDDR5 V3 OC retails at around RM 250, a decent card that’s capable of 720p gaming. The card is compact and the cooling is good, it’s just nice for anyone with low budget and looking for a card that’s sufficiently capable for gaming.

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