It has been a bit of a drought for NVIDIA video cards since the launch of the GeForce GTX295 and GTX285 dual and single GPU cards. Their competition has released the Radeon HD 5970, 5870, 5850, 5770 and 5750 that have redefined the performance and enthusiast markets, but NVIDIA has stayed put waiting to unleash their next generation GF100 series on the market. But that will have to wait for another day as NVIDIA is not ready with their Fermi architecture for the consumer market with only some samples out to game developers and internally at NVIDIA.
A month or so ago NVIDIA launched their GeForce GT 220 and GT 210 cards which are priced at the lowest end of the pricing ladder but introduced DirectX 10.1 to their video cards. These new cards are targeted at the very entry-level at the $59 and $79 markets for the inexpensive upgrades and Home Theater PC users wanting a new video card to improve performance compared to the integrated graphics of their system. Today marks the release of their $99 card designed to replace the 9600GT/9600SO cards that are long in the tooth by now as they were released two years ago. The first card on the review bench is XFX’s GeForce GT 240 512MB DDR5 HDMI card which is based on the new chip.