7300GT - Budget GPU or Not? - Closer Look and Specs and Features

Article Index
7300GT - Budget GPU or Not?
Closer Look and Specs and Features
Test Setup and 3DMark Performance
Game Performance and Conclusion

Closer Look:

This card is based on the G73 core but is a little different than the eVGA 7600GT in terms of model and revision.  The 7300GT core is labeled as the G73-VZ-N-A2 while the 7600GT is of the G73-GT-N-A2 variety.  Both should be able to clock up to similar speeds which leaves the memory as one of the major differences between these two cards.

7300GT - GPU Core
 7300GT - GPU Core

7300GT - Samsung DDR3
 7300GT - Samsung DDR3

You can see in the picture above that Inno3D uses the "pink gum" thermal interface material on the HSF.  I hate trying to get this off, but for the average user who buys this card, they will not likely ever remove the HSF.  Isopropyl alcohol doesn't even break this crap down.

What separates this 7300GT from much of its competition is the fact that Inno3D uses faster clocked DDR3 on this board.  With a core very similar to the much faster 7600GT, they realized that in order to take advantage of the core it needed faster memory to pump out the pixels.  The memory the used is Samsung's K4J52324QC-BC14.  This memory is 1.4ns, and is rated at 700MHz or 1400MHz DDR.  That is on the high end of the 7300GT spec, and enables this card to fly - at least for a budget card.

Specs & Features:

Before we jump into all the features of the G73 GPU, let's take a look at how this card stacks up to the competition it will be facing later on.

 

Reference GeForce 6600GT
Reference 7300GT
Inno3D GeForce 7300GT DDR3
eVGA GeForce 7600GT CO
0.11 Micron
0.09 Micron
0.09 Micron
0.09 Micron
146M Transistors
177M Transistors
177M Transistors
177M Transistors
3 Vertex Pipelines
4 Vertex Pipelines
4 Vertex Pipelines
5 Vertex Pipelines
8 Pixel Pipelines
8 Pixel Pipelines
8 Pixel Pipelines
12 Pixel Pipelines
8 Pixel Shader Engines
16 Pixel Shader Engines
16 Pixel Shader Engines
24 Pixel Shader Engines
500MHz Core Clock
350MHz - 575MHz Core Clock
500MHz Core Clock
580MHz Core Clock
4000 MTexels / sec
2800 - 4600 MTexels / sec
4000 MTexels / sec
6960 MTexels / sec
128-bit GDDR3 Memory
128-bit DDR2 or DDR3
128-bit GDDR3 Memory
128-bit GDDR3 Memory
1000MHz Memory Clock
666MHz - 1500MHz Memory Clock
1400MHz Memory Clock
1500MHz Memory Clock
16.0 GB/sec Memory Bandwidth
10.67GB - 24.0GB / sec Memory Bandwidth
22.4 GB/sec Memory Bandwidth
24.0 GB/sec Memory Bandwidth

 

As you can see by the specs above, nVidia has left the 7300GT wide open for companies to play around with.  You could buy a 7300GT that is slower than a 6600GT, or you could buy one that is significantly faster.  You will obviously need to do your homework before you go shopping.  The Inno3D 7300GT DDR3 card that we have has more pixel shader engines than a 6600GT, but not as many as the 7600GT.  The memory bus on all of these cards is 128-bit so that should even the playing field a bit.

 

Next Generation Super Scaler GPU Architecture
Delivers over 2x the shading power of previous generation products, taking gaming performance to extreme levels.

Full Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 Support
The standard for today's PCs and next generation consoles enables stunning and complex effects for cinematic realism.

NVIDIA® CineFX® 4.0 Engine
Delivers advanced visual effects at unimaginable speeds. Next generation shader architecture with new texture unit design streamlines texture processing for faster and smoother gameplay.

NVIDIA® SLI Technology
NVIDIA SLI technology is a revolutionary platform innovation that allows users to intelligently scale graphics performance by combining multiple NVIDIA graphics solutions in a single system with an NVIDIA nForce SLI MCP.

NVIDIA® Intellisample 4.0 Technology
The industry’s fastest antialiasing delivers ultra-realistic visuals with no jagged edges, at lightning-fast speeds. Visual qualiry is taken to new heights through a new rotated grid sampling pattern, advanced 128 tap sample coverage, 16x anisotropic filtering, and support for transparent supersampling and multisampling.

True High Dynamic-Range (HDR) Rendering Support
The ultimate lighting effects bring environments to life for a truely immersive, ultra-realistic experience. NVIDIA's 64-bit texture implementation delivers state-of-the-art high dynamic-range (HDR) visual effect through floating point capabilities in shading, filtering, texturing and blending.

NVIDIA® PureVideo Technology
The combination of high-definition video processors and decoder software deilvers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color and precise image scaling for all video content to turn your PC into a high end home theater.

NVIDIA® UltraShadow II Technology
Enhances the performance of bleeding-edge games that feature complex scenes with multiple light sources and objects.

NVIDIA® ForceWare® unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
Delivers a proven record of compatibility, reliability and stability with the widest range of games and applications. ForceWare ensures the best out-of-box experience for every user and delivers continuous performance and feature updates over the life of NVIDIA GeForce GPUs.

OpenGL® 2.0 Optimizations and Support
Ensures top-notch compatibility and performance for Open GL applications.

NVIDIA® nView Multi-Display Technology
Advanced technology provides the ultimate in viewing flexible and control for multiple monitors.

PCI Express® Support
Designd to run perfectly with the next generation PCI Express bus architecture. The new bus doubles the bandwidth of AGP 8X delivering over 4 GB/sec. in both upstream and downstream data transfers.