When you discuss entry level graphic cards, it is hard to imagine something that can play all the current generation games at fair level of detail. The Palit X1300 Pro was a good example of a respectable entry level card. Nvidia plans to go one up on ATI with their latest entry level offering namely, Geforce 7300 GT. We got a sample of the same from Forsa. Let's see if they can stake claims for the entry level crown.
The 7300 GT
Till the release of the GT variant, we weren't too keen on reviewing any of the 7300 series cards (GS or LE) as they were too underpowered to earn our recommendations. But the 7300 GT is totally different. Firstly it doesn't use the Turbo Cache funda; so it doesn't hog your system RAM and it has 256 MB DDR2 memory onboard with a 128-bit memory bus to do the job. Also, the card is based on the G73 core used in the Geforce 7600 series with one vertex shader and 4 pixel pipelines blocked. But still it is left with 4 vertex shaders and 8 pixel pipelines, which is quite respectable for an entry level card.
The Card and Bundle
The card is fabricated on a 90 micrometer chip and has a single slot PCI-E design. The card has a VGA, DVI and an S-Video port. The 7300 GT comes with a monstrous heat-sink and fan which covers and cools both, the GPU and the RAM chips. The GPU core runs at 400 MHz and the memory is clocked at 350 MHz (an effective 700 MHz). Features include the CineFX 3.0 Engine (Shader Model 3.0), High Dynamic Range (HDR) rendering, UltraShadow II, IntelliSample 3.0 anti-aliasing, and NVIDIA PureVideo.
The bundle includes a Forsa GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB PCI-E card, an S-Video Cable, a
Driver CD and an instructions manual. Low pricing is the reason for such minimalist packaging which is quite easily achieved by Forsa.