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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 240 2GB GeForce GT 740
Cyberpunk 2077 786% 585%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 711% 526%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 684% 506%
Hitman 3 1053% 791%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1147% 864%
FIFA 21 347% 245%
Far Cry 6 1182% 891%
Genshin Impact 786% 585%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1171% 882%
Watch Dogs Legion 755% 561%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 740 are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon R7 240 2GB.

The GeForce GT 740 has a 263 MHz higher core clock speed and 12 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 240. This results in the GeForce GT 740 providing 17.2 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GT 740 has a 263 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the R7 240. This results in the GeForce GT 740 providing 10.1 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GT 740 was released less than a year after the R7 240, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Radeon R7 240 2GB and the GeForce GT 740 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the Radeon R7 240 2GB and the GeForce GT 740 are the same, which means the R7 240 and the GeForce GT 740 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The Radeon R7 240 2GB has 320 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 740 has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 240 is 212 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GT 740 is 381. The GeForce GT 740 having 169 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GT 740 delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R7 240.

The Radeon R7 240 2GB requires 30 Watts to run and the GeForce GT 740 requires 64 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the R7 240 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GeForce GT 740. The GeForce GT 740 requires 34 Watts more than the R7 240 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GT 740 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 240.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed730 MHzvs993 MHz
Boost Clock780 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Oland PROKepler GK107-425-A2
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs29 May 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
6.4
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7.2
1600x900
4.9
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5.4
1920x1080
3.1
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3.8
2560x1440
2.3
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2.6
3840x2160
1.5
vs green tick
1.7

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/secvs28.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units320vs384
Actual Shader Performance10%vs18%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units20vs32
Texture Rate14.6 GTexel/svs31.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs16
Pixel Rate5.8 GPixel/svs15.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power30 Wattsvs64 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 18 Ampsvs400 Watts & 29 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewNote: This Graphics Card has 2 variants: one with DDR3 and another with GDDR5. This is the DDR3 Version.

Radeon R7 240 2GB offers a core codenamed Oland PRO and thus features 320 Shader Processing Units, 20 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 128-bit bus width of standard DDR3. While the central unit runs at 730MHz and goes up to 780MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 900MHz.
With a rated board TDP of 30W, it requires no extra power connectors.

Compared to Radeon R7 250, its performance is significantly lower (over 25% slower), especially at higher resolutions due to the limited memory bandwidth. Still, the TDP is relatively low and so this card may be used on low end systems and offer a reasonable upgrade, when compared to integrated graphics.
Overview
GeForce GT 740 is a Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Kepler Architecture.

Architecture
The Kepler Architecture was NVIDIA's big step to power efficiency. Each Stream Multiprocessor (SMX) now hosts 192 Shader Processing Units - against the 48 of older Fermi Architecture, and has been redesigned being now clocked at the same speed of the Central Unit. This means they are more energy efficient and will consequently lead to cooler operating temperatures. However, it also means they are weaker. It can be said that one Fermi SMX is as fast as 2 Kepler SMXs.
Additionally, and not available in all GPUs, Kepler also introduced the Boost Clock Feature. The Boost Clock is an even higher Clock Speed activated when in gaming mode and becomes the effective speed of the GPU.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GK107-425-A2 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 993MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for CUDA, OpenCL, DirectCompute, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 64W, it requires at least a 400W PSU and it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
GeForce GT 740 is essentially a fast GeForce GT 640.
Gaming benchmarks indicate its performance is not too far from the older GeForce GTX 650.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Core i3) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 740.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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