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Nvida 6600GT vs 7300 GT

By zhongwei
Mar 5, 2007
  1. I recently had problems with my 6600 GT. Still under warranty the
    supplier replaced it with the 7300. Since then I have had constant
    difficulties and hardware conflicts. my system:

    AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3700+, 2.2 Gigahertz with 1 GB of Ram. Windows
    XP service pack2.

    Is there any known problems with compatibility regarding my system and
    the Nvidia geforce 7300 GT??

    Example of problems:

    Despite loading loads of codecs I cant run a single video file that
    used to work fine when I had the 6600 GT (prior to its unknown fault
    of course).
    Another example: I have difficulty changing screen settings etc..

    If anyone could be of assistance it would be greatly appreciated.

    I would also like to know which is the better card and why (in
    laymen's terms preferably), I have a suspicion my pc company is taking
    advantage of my ignorance.

    Thank you very much for your time reading this.
     
  2. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    I can't tell you what is causing the problems... but I can tell you that depending on whether the 7300GT is GDDR2 or GDDR3 makes a lot of difference on the matter of being better than a 6600GT. If it is GDDR2, the 6600GT is better, but if it is GDDR3, it destroys the 6600GT. To find out, download ATItool and run it. Tell us what the memory clock is listed as but DO NOT CHANGE IT.

    Also, a possible solution to the problems, update your video drivers to 93.71. If they are on 93.71 now, roll back to an older release.
     
  3. zhongwei

    zhongwei TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thankyou MetalX

    Did as instructed. 7300 GT has SDR memory. Not GDDR3. Do you have any suggestions on how to approach my pc company? I am annoyed, yet want to handle this in the best way possible.
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    I think you should just go to them and tell them to replace it with a new one.
     
  5. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    SDR is SD-RAM. DDR and above is still SD-RAM.

    The 6600 GT is about equal to the 7300 GT.
     
  6. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    I would have to say that the newer architecture, and GPU would make the 7300GT better. The 7300GT is similar in performance to a 7600GS.
     
  7. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    I would keep the 7300, since it uses less power (Im pretty sure) has a smaller manufacturing tech 130nm vs 90nm I think, and has higher resale value.
     
  8. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Yea. I agree. a GDDR2 7300GT is around the level of a 7600GS, and a GDDR3 model is around the level of a 7600GT.
     
  9. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    Not that way, 7300GT has less pipes than both.
     
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    No the improved architecture does allow a GDDR2 7300GT to keep up with a 7600GS easily. The GDDR3 version can keep up with a 7600GT but as you crank up the resolution it (predictably) falls behind.
     
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