GeForce GT 440 goes retail… sort of

Last year, Nvidia quietly introduced the GeForce GT 440, an "OEM only" DirectX 11 graphics card reserved for pre-built PCs. Today, we see several of Nvidia’s partners have released retail cards that bear the same name but feature different specifications. Some of those retail GeForce GT 440s are already selling at Newegg for $79.99 to $84.99 before shipping.

While it’s based on the same Fermi architecture, the retail GT 440 differs from its "OEM-only" namesake in almost all respects. Nvidia’s reference design has a full-height circuit board, and the stream processor count, quickest supported memory type, and memory interface width are all different:

Card SPs Core

clock

Shader

clock

Mem.

interface

Max.

memory

Fastest

memory

GeForce GT 440 96 810 MHz 1620 MHz 128-bit 1 GB 3.2 GT/s GDDR5
GeForce GT 440 (OEM) 144 594 MHz 1189 MHz 192-bit 3 GB 1.8 GT/s GDDR3

Complementing the Galaxy and MSI cards selling at Newegg, Asus and Zotac have both announced GeForce GT 440 variants, as well. All feature custom, dual-slot coolers, and the Asus model has a slightly higher-than-normal core clock speed of 822MHz. The Zotac offerings have 512MB or 1GB of 3.2GT/s GDDR5 RAM, while the lone Asus card comes with 1GB of identically clocked memory as standard. Check out the image gallery below for more pictures of the newcomers.

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    • Flying Fox
    • 9 years ago

    Seeing the clocks are even higher than the GTS 450, would this card dethrone the 450 as the new ppd/watt/$ Folding king? I don’t see a PCIe power connector so it must be <75W TDP!

    • Kurotetsu
    • 9 years ago

    Is that a DisplayPort output I see? So could that card handle 3-way multi-monitor support (whatever Nvidia calls their implementation) without SLI? Ignoring gaming, obviously.

    Also, I know Dell has its own store. Would it be possible to buy the OEM version from them and perhaps overclock the core and shaders to the retail version?

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 9 years ago

      Not sure about that. I thought AMD had some special tech for doing 3+ monitors off one card.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      Nvidia can NOT drive 3 monitors on 1 card. this is a trick that only AMD can do.

    • CuttinHobo
    • 9 years ago

    It’s like a real one, but smaller!

    • RickyTick
    • 9 years ago

    Would this not make a nice card for someone who wants a P67, but is not a gamer? Or should he just go with the H67 instead? <curious>

      • cobalt
      • 9 years ago

      Depends on what you will be doing, and where your priorities are.
      – Light gaming, low resolutions? Probably pretty good.
      – No gaming at all? Probably even the 440 is a little bit of overkill, and H67 would be fine.
      – Planning to overclock the CPU? I believe current H67s don’t overclock like P67’s can, so you’ll have to get a discrete card anyway.
      – Running Linux? NVIDIA’s drivers are still the best Linux drivers last I checked.
      – Want silence, and not doing any gaming? Either H67, or if you’re looking at a discrete card for the P67, you could go with something like a passive GT210.
      – Best bang for the buck? This would be a decent compromise.

    • Bensam123
    • 9 years ago

    Oh so cute… don’t you just want to hold it and pet it?

      • Kamisaki
      • 9 years ago

      Haha, that’s exactly what I thought!

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      that’s what she said.

    • south side sammy
    • 9 years ago

    Can you imagine, in a few short years the high end cards could be this small…………..

      • bimmerlovere39
      • 9 years ago

      Current high-end will be, but in the future high end will be faster, and just as space/heat intensive, if not more so.

        • south side sammy
        • 9 years ago

        What happens when they start using graphine or light ? The technology’s out there all they have to do is start using it.

          • UberGerbil
          • 9 years ago

          No it’s not, and no they don’t. Constructing a few transistors in the lab is very different from economically fabing millions or billions of them per chip in thousand-chip lots. The GPUs you use today are fabed in factories that require billions to build even after the R&D; all of that has to be replicated in new ways for new materials. It may all be “just engineering” (or maybe not, depending on what they discover when they try doing it on a large scale) but even mere engineering can be slow, painstaking, and expensive.

          In fact there’s no guarantee the materials discovered so far are the right ones for the post-silicon future. Is it graphene? Molybdenite? Nanowires? Memristors? Or something else?

    • jdaven
    • 9 years ago

    Sorry to go off topic a little but was the recently release 3.6 GHz Phenom II X4 only for OEM? I can’t find it in retail anywhere.

    • bthylafh
    • 9 years ago

    Yet Another Reason why Nvidia’s marketing department should be shot.

    • Game_boy
    • 9 years ago

    There is a gap in Nvidia’s retail lineup between £55 and £95 (GT 430 and GTS 450).

    They’ve priced this GT 440 exactly halfway (£75) but it has the same shader count as the GT 430 and a core clock 15% higher. That’s still half the performance of the GTS 450.

    I’d really like to buy a card at £70-£80 for that performance level but there isn’t one and this isn’t it.

    (Note: £75 = $120)

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 years ago

      I know you Euro folks get shafted, but man you’re getting shafted. For $120 you can get a GTS 450 or Radeon 5770 over here.

        • mrksha
        • 9 years ago

        or you can get gtx460 768MB with rebates

          • Game_boy
          • 9 years ago

          Now that would be awesome.

          Also the 3DS is $350. Buying that soon too. Wish it didn’t cost that.

            • codedivine
            • 9 years ago

            Given your username, it is entirely appropriate that you are buying a 3DS 🙂

        • can-a-tuna
        • 9 years ago

        Or you can get much better Radeon codename “Turks” soon.

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 9 years ago

        Remember you have to account for sales tax. So you can lower all the UK prices by 20% (I think that’s right). Which puts it right in line with US prices.

        I am assuming that Game_boy’s prices include tax.

      • Game_boy
      • 9 years ago

      replied wrong. ignore.

      • Myrmecophagavir
      • 9 years ago

      Ebuyer.com has the 512 MB Inno3D stock-clocked GTS 450 for £83. Have one fewer pint this week and you’re there 😉

      It’s £91 for the 1 GB version, if you feel like stretching.

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