Gainward Bliss 7300 GT Golden Sample

Conclusion

Conclusion

After reviewing the top-end cards from both ATI and nVidia it is quite refreshing to get my hands on a low end, well performing card. Gainward have made a very nice card that is totally silent and performs incredibly well. The card is ideally suited to an ultra-quiet rig such as an HTPC or a Media PC.

Playing all of the latest games at very decent resolutions ajnd details settings this card is certainly a performer. It overclocked incredibly well and I take my hat off to Gainward for taking the nVidia reference 7300 and making it work.

The downside of this card is pricing and availability. I have searched around all the usual places I buy my hardware and cannot find this card at all. Even an EBay search brings up nothing at all. I can only assume that Gainward will use similar pricing to it's competitors at around £60. I have contacted Gainward about this and wait to hear back from them.

If the card steps into the category then it is only £10 more for an X1600Pro. This card performs better in games than the 7300GT. However you would have to put up with an incredibly noisy cooler and so Media PC use would be out of the question.

I will give this card an OC3D Recommended 70%. The lack of bundle leaves somewhat to be desired and with pricing thought to be at £60, you can buy faster cards, albeit louder ones.

gainward 7300 gt oc3d recommended

Pro's

* Silent
* Plays games well
* Overclocks very well
* Looks good

Con's

* Pricing and availability Issue's
* Close to other more powerful cards
* Bundle lets it down

Thanks to Gainward for supplying the review sample

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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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