Nvidia GeForce 7300 LE review

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The 7300 LE is the latest addition to Nvidia’s entry-level range. As it’s essentially an under-clocked 7300 GS, its performance is too poor to recommend it as a gaming card. With its 450MHz core clock and 256MB of 333MHz memory, we saw unplayable frame rates even at 1,024 x 768 in both test games – 15fps in Call of Duty 2 and 13fps in Far Cry – and it isn’t exactly overflowing with features either.

Nvidia GeForce 7300 LE review

But just as Elonex has chosen it for the Artisan VX, you can also take advantage if you’re building a media centre. It’s the cheapest card available that offers hardware-accelerated, high-definition video playback using Nvidia’s PureVideo technology, so it will be ideal in a compact, modestly powered Windows Media Center PC. It’s a half-height card too, so if you can find a suitable backplate it will fit in a low-profile chassis, although you’ll forfeit the D-SUB output.

MSI’s version offers single-link DVI and D-SUB interfaces as well as TV-out for hooking up other displays via the supplied S-Video cable. Its bundled suite of apps isn’t very useful, but the fan is quiet and there’s dual-monitor support.

This MSI card isn’t the best example of the GeForce 7300 LE, as it doesn’t have a component adapter and isn’t passively cooled; a card such as the Albatron would be a better choice for a media centre.

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