Okay so I had got a X1300 Pro (Brand – Palit) it had 256 MB DDR3 memory.(the core speed was stock & memory might’ve been 1 GHz)
After checking out some benchmarks I felt I made a wrong decision & opted for the
Nvidia 7300 GT (Brand Palit) 256MB DDR3 memory but it’s a Sonic edition (Core – 500 MHz Memory – 1 GHz)
From what I know X1300 Pro has 4 pixel pipes, 2 vertex shaders & 7300GT has 8 pixel pipes & 4 vertex shaders
According to the VGA Charts
X1300 Pro [rv 515] core clock – 601 MHz, memory clock – 801 MHz [DDR2 256 MB]
7300 GT [g 73] core clock – 350 MHz, memory clock – 666 MHz [DDR2 128/256 MB]
Half Life 2 Episode One no AA no AF @ 1024x768
7300 gt – 40 fps
x1300 pro – 39.4 fps
Well they are both low-end cards, and in those frame rate regions 5 fps can make a big difference so you probably made the correct choice. I would have looked around for an X1300XT however, since they are arguably the fastest low-end cards of the current generation.
When looking over those charts, you have to add a bit of performance to the X1300 pro if yours had 1.0GHz mem, and subtract from their 1.4GHz 7300GT. But I'd think more often than not your 7300GT should outperform your X1300 pro.
Well these 2 are the only cards which fit my budget as of now. I can’t get a 7600GT or GS so that’s a no no.
Well so you’re saying there wouldn’t be that much of a difference between these two cards?!
I’m like totally confused now….
I didn’t test out that X1300Pro but since it had DDR3 memory written on the box I’ll think it was probably clocked at 1 GHz.
I’ve looked at both the cards & both of them don’t have RAM heatsinks just a heatsink on the Core.
The X1300Pro only had a heatsink on the core but it was a directional heatsink so it would’ve circulated some air to the RAM chips.
The 7300GT has a bigger heatsink it’s like a heatsink with fins but the fan is just on the core. There are 4 RAM chips of “Infineon” & 2 of them come totally under the fins but the other two are half covered.
The main reason why I exchanged it with the X1300 Pro coz it had just 4 pixel pipes & 2 vertex shaders.
Here’s a review of that X1300Pro but the card which is reviewed has DDR2 memory.
As you can see from the review the card was the same as shown in the picture it only had DDR3 memory instead of DDR2 and a little larger directional heatsink white colored but there weren’t any heatsinks on the RAM & it had a red colored DVI port.
I’ll try posting a picture of the 7300GT which I have right now in half an hour.
I don’t think 5 fps would make a world of a difference or would it?
I currently use a BFG Tech 6800 OC AGP card. So I already have a Nvidia card & I wanna see how ATI cards are (their driver interface, better image quality etc.)
But getting my money’s worth is the First & Major priority so unless there is a world of a difference between these X1300Pro & 7300GT I think would opt for the X1300Pro.
Also I wanna add that the 7300GT is based on the G73 core so with Rivatuner it could be possible to unlock the extra pipes & vertex shaders, wouldn’t it? But that’s just an extra don’t count on it coz it may or may not work.