Date: June 23rd, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Asus
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Although a lot of people will reject this statistic, mainstream and budget videocards are much more popular and sell in greater numbers than most performance and/or enthusiast targeted models overall by a large margin. For basic gaming and computer use, there is no need for a souped up turbo boosted videocard that will remain idle for most of its life span in a lot of OEM and basic computer builds.
The Asus ENGT240 being reviewed today on the other hand is one of those videocards that is clearly targeted towards the buyer with cost control in mind, but wouldn't mind having a little more performance in case they want to enjoy a game or two without having to reduce their resolutions and quality settings to the absolute minimum.
Although the GT 240 core is still basically the same as any other card on the market, Asus chose to include DDR5 memory into this specific model instead of the slower DDR3 and upped the standard memory amount from 512Mb to 1Gb. Sure this will not make this card an instant screamer, but it will help improve performance drastically over the reference model. Kick in the fact that it comes with a free World of Warcraft trial till July 2010 and for less than a $100, you have yourself a decent DX10 gamer with no extras to bump up the MSRP. Read on to see just how this card performs. Review continues on Page 2 at the bottom of the page.
ASUS CORPORATE PROFILE (From Asus)
ASUS, a technology-oriented company with a global staff of more than ten thousand and blessed with one of the world's top R&D teams, is renowned for high-quality products and cutting-edge innovation. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium.
ASUS has an unyielding commitment to innovation and quality, a fact borne out by its corporate slogan—"Inspiring Innovation • Persistent Perfection"—and the numerous media, industry and governmental accolades it receives every year. In 2008, ASUS won 3,056 awards—receiving over 8 awards on average every day. The company's revenue for the same year was 8.1 billion U.S. dollars, and it topped the IT Hardware Category of the annual league table of Taiwan 's Top 10 Global Brands with a brand value of 1.324 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS also ranks among the top 10 IT companies in BusinessWeek's “InfoTech 100”, and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years.
Inspired by the diverse needs of consumers in all areas and phases of life, ASUS' foremost mission is to deliver truly innovative solutions that in turn inspire consumers to reach for greater heights of productivity and fun. By leveraging its intimate understanding of the requirements of today's digital home, digital office and digital person, ASUS has the honor of claiming many world's firsts—such as the introduction of the groundbreaking Eee PC™, the ingenious use of renewable materials like leather and bamboo in notebooks and the incorporation of its proprietary power-saving Super Hybrid Engine technology into its notebooks and motherboards. By pioneering many new innovations, trends and technologies that have had a genuine impact on its customers' lives and the Earth at large, ASUS hopes to garner mindshare as well as market share.
To succeed in the ultra-competitive IT industry, ASUS focuses on speed-to-market, cost and service. That is why every ASUS employee strives to master the " ASUS Way of Total Quality Management" in order to fulfill the ”Persistent Perfection” promise of the brand. Guided by these precepts, ASUS has developed a strong advantage in product design, technology, quality and value/cost. These advantages in turn constitute ASUS' formula for success—allowing marketing to communicate these strengths to win our consumers' hearts.