Gigabyte GV-NX73T256P-RH (GeForce 7300 GT 256MB DDR2)


Turbo Powered Low-End

Turbo Powered Low-End

Those who went through our initial article about NVIDIA's latest low-end SKU, the GeForce 7300 GT, would be understandably excited about the surprising performance of the Gainward Bliss 7300GT PCX. While it is no doubt rather refreshing to find a GeForce 7300 series card hitting way above its hierarchy in the benchmarking, in the process eclipsing the GeForce 7600 GS, the fine performance was due to the rather extreme specifications of that limited edition GeForce 7300 GT. Most GeForce 7300 GT cards would more likely stick to their low-end roots and come equipped with inexpensive memory and more mundane clock speeds. Given the freedom to tinker by NVIDIA, one can expect to find quite a range of clock speeds for this product from the usual manufacturing partners. In short, there's no fixed 'standard' GeForce 7300 GT one can use as the base.

Of course, such a situation means that the marketing folks can really stretch the truth and their minds trying to come up with ways to distinguish their products. One typical approach is to introduce a higher clocked special version and benchmark it against the standard version. That is exactly what we found on the box packaging of Gigabyte's GeForce 7300 GT 256MB DDR2, which has been dubbed the TurboForce edition. More importantly, the blurb on the box claims that the Gigabyte is up to 15.1% faster than the "GeForce 7300 GT Standard". But is there really such a thing for the GeForce 7300 GT? So far, there hasn't been much fanfare about the low-end GeForce 7300 GT so the "standard" could be the popular clock speeds from other vendors. Well, we may have no idea about the specifics of Gigabyte's internal lab testing but we are able to give you our own benchmarks in this review. So to find out whether the Gigabyte GV-NX73T256P-RH can live up to its TurboForce hype, here's a look at its illustrated Serious Sam II packaging and technical specifications: