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Sapphire Radeon HD 4770

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Posted May 4, 2009 by Jake in Video Cards

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AMD’s push to bring a 40nm GPU to the market was a smart move, and beating Nvidia to the punch is probably icing on the cake for the embattled company. Following their highly successful 4800 series cards, the 4770 should help them continue the trend, likely providing a strong demand in the lucrative mid-range market segment. The interesting thing, however, is what actually constitutes "mid-range" these days. As we’ve seen from our in-depth testing, the 4770 trails the 4850 by about 5-7% on average, and yet retails for only $100 USD. This combination essentially knocks the 4850 out of the lineup, supplanting it as the new card of choice in the mid-range.

The Sapphire Radeon 4770 is a card that offers a very compelling argument to consumers; it offers outstanding performance in most of today’s hottest games, nearly matching the 4850, but it runs cooler and quieter, draws less power, and costs less. There really isn’t much left to consider. In terms of its competition on the Nvidia side, it can’t quite match blows with the 9800GTX, but it comes close enough, especially when considering the price tag. The only drawback here is that the cooler doesn’t vent warm air outside the rear of the case, but that’s not a terribly big issue because the 4770 doesn’t run very hot anyways.

We thought the Radeon 4850 was a great card when it hit the market, but after seeing the Sapphire 4770, we’re even more impressed. The mid-range gaming graphics market just got a whole lot better. Boasting outstanding performance for your hard-earned dollar, the Sapphire Radeon 4770 is a superb option for gamers who are looking for a top product at a rock-bottom price.

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4770

Our thanks go to Sapphire for providing the Radeon HD 4770 for this review.

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