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Review: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT head-to-head - XFX vs eVGA

by Ryszard Sommefeldt on 22 September 2006, 08:43

Tags: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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XFX GeForce 7300 GT 256MB DDRII

XFX offers three flavours of GeForce 7300 GT, all passively cooled, one with dual DVI outputs and one with 512MiB of memory. We've got the middle SKU here with 256MiB but only one DVI port (and an analogue VGA port of course), finished in the company's cool signature colour scheme. It comes clocked at 350/333 with the DDR2 DRAMs connecting to the 128-bit memory bus provided by the 90nm G73 GPU.




It might appear that the passive heatsink cools the 8 256Mib DDR2 memory devices but it doesn't, those chips happy to run at the configured speed in free air. Therefore the cooler is for the GPU only, the 90nm G73 happy with just passive cooling at 350MHz. The heatsink is retained using four screws should you have a need to remove it and the card is small enough for all but the tiniest cases.

Presentation and Bundle


The XFX dressed-up pooch gets box duties again (for reasons we've still to fathom) and the detailing on the box makes it mostly clear what's inside. As RoHS compliance is now mandatory, it's nice to see the box letting you know that's the case. 'Software' SLI can be achieved by the hardware and the usual 7-series features provided by G73 get a mention too.


The bundle comprises a quick install guide, output guide for TV connection, driver CD (with no extra software) and an S-Video connection cable. Cheap and cheerful but just what you'd expect really.

Summary

350MHz in complete silence, paired with 333MHz DDR2 memories (down from 350MHz on the reference hardware) and a sparse bundle, the XFX GeForce 7300 GT 256MB DDR2 appears in pictures to be as decent a near-standard GeForce 7300 GT as there can be.