Graphics Cards Guide

AMD Radeon HD 7770 - Seizing the Day with Cape Verde, the ASUS Way

Test Setup

Test Setup

As usual, the following are the specs of our trusty graphics card test bed system:-

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 G.Skill memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Due to time constraints, we weren't able to compare an exhaustive list of graphics cards, nor update our previous comparison results to the latest drivers. Still, we believe that the shared data would be reasonable for an understanding of how the Radeon HD 7770 fares in the big picture. As pointed out on the first page, the Radeon HD 7770 is priced to compete against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550Ti and hopefully even against the older AMD Radeon HD 6790.

The version of the AMD Catalyst drivers used for the Radeon HD 7770 is version 12.1, even newer than those used for our Radeon HD 7900 series article.

The list of cards tested and driver versions used:

  • ASUS Radeon HD 7770 DirectCU 1GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 12.1)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 11.4)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 266.71)

The list of extra cards that were used power and temperature comparison:

  • MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II 1GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 266.71)
  • Palit GeForce GTX 550 Ti Sonic 1GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 266.71)
  • HIS 6790 IceQ X Turbo 1GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 11.4)

In moving with the times, we have updated our benchmarking software to include three other gaming titles to the mix - Crysis 2, Batman: Arkam City and Dirt 3. For these 3 games, we're using the newest drivers for all the comparison cards at the time of writing. Note that we've excluded Unigine v2.1 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. for the time being as we're reserving them for the full Radeon HD 7700 series comparison where more emphasis will be placed on their DX11 capabilities.

The list of benchmarks used:

  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Crysis 2
  • Batman: Arkam City
  • Dirt 3