Inno3D GeForce 7300 GT 256MB DDR3


The Inno3D GeForce 7300 GT 256MB DDR3

The Inno3D GeForce 7300 GT 256MB DDR3

Like we said, there seems to be no rules set in stone regarding the design of the GeForce 7300 GT besides the obvious one of having the right G73 core. Inno3D's vision comes with a small and rather inexpensive looking cooler instead of the chunky heatsink on the Gainward or the more refined heat pipe assisted version on the Gigabyte . But don't worry, as this cooler is quiet enough that we didn't feel the lack of a passive heatsink.

As for its specifications, Inno3D has armed its GeForce 7300 GT with very capable hardware that's almost the equal of the Gainward Bliss 7300 GT PCX. Crucially, this includes 256MB of DDR3 memory, which have been clocked at 1400MHz DDR. That is actually 100MHz DDR faster than the Gainward. These memory chips are rated at 1.4ns and are more likely to be found on a GeForce 7600 GT card. The core too is clocked at the higher end of the spectrum for a GeForce 7300 GT at 500MHz. Although that is slightly slower than the 550MHz on the Gainward, it is safe to say that it's mighty fast compared to the majority of GeForce 7300 GT cards. It should be quite interesting to see how the Inno3D stacks up against the Gainward given their similarly aggressive specifications.

Another feature that's rarely found in a mainstream card even now, is the provision for dual DVI output ports. While NVIDIA mandates at least one dual link DVI output for the GeForce 7300 GT, most vendors follow that strictly and include an analog DB15 VGA output as a secondary output to keep costs down. Inno3D however has gone for two DVI outputs and that deserves the thumbs up in our book.

Targeted for the budget mainstream market, we didn't really expect much out of the bundle of this card, and as expected, there wasn't much in the packaging. Users will find only a single disc, where the graphics drivers and some rather dated InterVideo DVD applications are located. Despite its more than adequate clock speeds, you'll have to rely on your own games if you plan to test this card's gaming credentials, as there aren't any bundled games in the package as well. We also found the accessories rather skimpy but then again, considering its price range, they were quite typical. Here then is the handful of items found in the bundle:

  • 1 x DVI-to-VGA adapter
  • 9-pin mini-DIN to Component dongle
  • S-Video to Composite cable
  • User Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Driver CD
  • InterVideo Win DVD
  • InterVideo Win DVD Creator