Gainward Bliss 7300 GT Golden Sample

Quake 4 and Oblivion

Quake 4

Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. This uses many DX 9.0c features and is a game that has not always ran so well on ATI hardware, being an OpenGL game. I did three two minute runs on Quake 4 and took the average of all my readings from this. I played a fast and furious part of the game that required both internal and external scenes.


As stated, I tried for the closest to 1280 x 1024 possible while looking as good as possible. Here are the general settings I managed to play Quake 4 with:

quake 4 settings

Here are the minimum, maximum and average FPS:

quake 4 fps

The card managed Quake 4 very well and the gameplay was very smooth and enjoyable. nVidia have a great record with the doom 3 engine and the 7300GT did extremely well at playing Quake 4. I reached the target resolution with this game and it was on High Quality settings which looked excellent.


Oblivion

Oblivion is an awesome RPG with a simply huge immersive environment, great graphics and incredibly realistic scenery. This game is currently one of the most testing games that you can buy and it is certainly a test of the 7300GT. I chose to do a run-through of the Arena part of the game. I spoke to a character, did some magic whilst in a fight and fought in the arena that is pretty huge. Also as well as doing this test I took a wander around to make sure that the benchmark resembled the general gameplay with each card. This benchmark really tests today's cards and nVidia has not come out of this so well in previous reviews.

As stated, I tried for the closest to 1280 x 1024 possible while looking as good as possible. Here are the settings used in-game:

oblivion 7300gt

Here are the general settings I managed to play Oblivion with:

oblivion 7300gt

Here are the minimum, maximum and average FPS:

oblivion 7300gt

Oblivion is the most testing of my game suit. The card managed to run the game at 1024 x 768 with HDR enabled. This is highly impressive and anyone who has played Oblivion can attest to how good HDR looks in the game. Although I didn't reach the target 1280 x 1024 I felt that the game ran very nicely. With a bit more time and tweaking of settings Oblivion should look even better. I did have to turn down the view distance as once outside the FPS took a bit of a drop.

Now onto some quick benchmarks...

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Most Recent Comments

23-07-2006, 12:43:39

FarFarAway
We take a look at this silent card and see what we think. Link here

23-07-2006, 12:57:44

Raven
looks good but on page2 in an image it says cooling: fan(one slot)

http://www.overclock3d.net/image.php?id=2099

liked the overclocked chart with the nonoverclocked score, easier to get a good look

23-07-2006, 12:59:09

FarFarAway
Yeah it does doesn't it?

Ah well: it's from Gainwards website

23-07-2006, 13:03:46

NickS
Great review m8. Card is kinda... eh. I was thinkin bout getting one to replace the X800 128MB PCI-E in my spare rig, but after looking at benches my X800 rips it a new one :O.

23-07-2006, 13:09:53

FarFarAway
Well it's a low-end card so it's not going to be the very best..

23-07-2006, 13:17:41

Raven
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Ah well: it's from Gainwards website
Gainward should have done better than that, passive cooling sounds much better than one slot fan.

23-07-2006, 14:10:24

FragTek
Great review mate, cheers for that!

24-07-2006, 11:39:25

Hyper
Nice review mate, if I was to build a computer at the minute I would definatly be putting one of those in as they are great value for money and silent

24-07-2006, 12:40:26

limqareb
so you mean that card kills a 7800GS

24-07-2006, 12:41:24

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='limqareb'
so you mean that card kills a 7800GS
ey?
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