By now, there is hardly any need for introductions when it comes to the newest NVIDIA kid on the block - the GeForce 7300 GT. In our two previous articles on this potential mainstream blockbuster, we have raved about its standout performance against supposedly faster graphics cards like the ATI Radeon X1600 XT and NVIDIA's own midrange GeForce 7600 GS. Now, before one gets carried away by these previous benchmarks results, we have to stress again that the scores were set by the higher end versions of this rather liberal chip. NVIDIA's decree for the GeForce 7300 GT is "more what you call 'guidelines' than actual rules" and this flexibility seems to have resulted in an unexpected explosion of creativity in its design - no two GeForce 7300 GT cards from different vendors that we have encountered sport the exact same specifications.
So far, it seems that only the faster variants of the GeForce 7300 GT - a stunning Gainward (a limited edition) and a more mundane, though still decently clocked Gigabyte - have reached our labs. We have caught sight of the slower, minimally clocked ones (a core clock of 350MHz seems the popular configuration) on websites and online retailers so those who need a decent and inexpensive card know where to look. But the faster versions usually garner most of the attention and rightly so for it all boils down to performance and frame rates in the end. Hence, we have prepared another potential GeForce 7300 GT speed demon today. Please welcome the DDR3 powered 256MB version of the GeForce 7300 GT from Inno3D: