eVGA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB DDR2 Review

Just recently, I took a look at the Inno3D GeForce 7300 GT and compared it to ATI’s Radeon X1300. The Inno3D card was actually a non-standard card with faster DDR3 memory and a higher core speed. This slightly skewed the comparison and I didn’t want everyone to run out and unwittingly buy a standard 7300 GT and then be disappointed with the performance, due to the slower DDR2 memory. Don’t get me wrong, the Inno3D card is absolutely amazing value for money and is still my choice card, but I felt the comparison was incomplete without a comparison to a standard 7300 GT.

As it happens, we were able to obtain a pair of standard clocked eVGA GeForce 7300 GTs, which serve to make a perfect comparison.

The card comes with a 350MHz core and 333.5MHz(667 effective) DDR2 memory. This is really quite a low spec over the 500MHz core and 700 (1,400MHz effective) DDR3 memory of the Inno3D card and as a result I expect to see some significant performance drops.

The cooler is very different from the standard GeForce 7600 GT cooler, which is made of copper. This is smaller and made of aluminium. It’s quite a bit quieter than the GeForce 7600 GT cooler, so it’s nice to see it isn’t a change for the sake of change.

Just like the Inno3D, this card uses the same PCB as the 7600 cards and also supports SLI. For some reason, there was a sticker over the SLI pins that suggested it needed the 90 series of drivers in order to work in SLI. Previously, I was using modified 84.21 drivers without a problem, but with these cards it would just give me a black screen when trying to run SLI – strange to say the least.

Just to recap my last review, this card is based on the G73 core, which is the same as used in the 7600 GS and 7600 GT. The difference is that one of the quads is disabled giving a total of eight pixel shaders and four vertex shaders. The most important point is there are still eight pixel output engines.

As this is an eVGA card, it comes with a lifetime warranty as well as the “Step-Up” program, where you can pay the difference to upgrade this card to a better model, up to 90 days after purchase date.

The bundle is minimal, with a DVI to D-Sub adapter, a ViVo breakout cable and an S-Video cable. This is usually the case with low-end cards.

I was able to overclock this card quite well – relatively speaking. An increase from 350MHz core to 570MHz and an increase of 333.5MHz memory to 440MHz (880MHz effective). As you can see in our performance results later, this gave a significant performance increase.

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