HIS Radeon 7770 GHz Edition
The positioning of the Radeon 7770 is interesting, as it doesn’t really battle any current-gen Nvidia card. There’s a distinct gap in Nvidia’s lineup, at least in performance, between the GTX 550 and 560. Really, it’s the GTX 460 that occupies that spot, a card from two generations past. AMD has its crosshairs right there, with the 7770 looking to scoop up marketshare in the upper budget-oriented range.
You do get a graphics card that runs a 1GHz on the core, and provides a strong upgrade option for those with previous-gen cards that can’t afford a new power supply. Couple this with a heatsink that runs cool and quiet, and we’ve got a card that has some impressive features and horsepower.
However, sitting in this middle pricing scheme, the 7770 easily beats the GTX 550 in terms of performance, but can’t keep pace with the venerable GTX 460, an aging mid-range powerhouse. On the flipside, though, the HIS card does maintain lower temperatures and power consumption. It also performs respectably in games that feature more tessellation. The positioning of the 7770 is understandable, but the price puts it in a fight against the GTX 460, also known as the Card That Won’t Go Away. It’s a tough call; we like the HIS 7770 but it can’t deliver a definitive knockout across the board. Really, it comes down to what’s more important to you: framerates, power consumption, or price?