Asus HD7770-DC-1GD5 (Radeon HD 7770) Graphic Card Review

Asus HD7770-DC-1GD5 (Radeon HD 7770) Graphic Card Review

The much awaited (or so) HD 7770 is here, is it a good card?

The Card

Plain looking card.

Asus HD7770-DC-1GD5 (Radeon HD 7770) Graphic Card Review

I’ve never liked heatsink cases that cover the PCI-E connector.

Asus HD7770-DC-1GD5 (Radeon HD 7770) Graphic Card Review

It comes with DirectCU cooling.

Asus HD7770-DC-1GD5 (Radeon HD 7770) Graphic Card Review

Dual mini-DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI.

Asus HD7770-DC-1GD5 (Radeon HD 7770) Graphic Card Review

More details at the Official Product page.

Test Setup

The computer setup used for this review.

Processor AMD A8-3850 APU
RAM Kingston Value RAM 4GB 1333
Motherboard MSI A75MA-G55
Cooler AMD stock cooler
Monitor 46″ LCD TV
Power Supply Xigmatek NRP-PC602 600w
Operating System Windows 7 32bit
Driver AMD Catalyst 12.2 pre-certified driver

Below is the GPU-Z for the card.

Asus HD7770-DC-1GD5 (Radeon HD 7770) Graphic Card Review

I’m comparing the HD 7770 against the GTX 460.

The Performance

Crysis

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

Card Average
ASUS HD 7770 22.55
Leadtek GTX 460 24.22

Lost Planet 2

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ Full HD

Card Average
ASUS HD 7770 23.9
Leadtek GTX 460 N/A

(unfortunately my GTX460 was being a PITA for this game, so I’ll update the scores some other time)

Alien Vs Predator

Graphic Detail : Default setting @ Full HD

Card Average
ASUS HD 7770 37.1
Leadtek GTX 460 39.7

Furmark

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ Full HD

Card Average
ASUS HD 7770 29
Leadtek GTX 460 64

Unigine Heaven 2.0

Graphic Detail : Full HD, 4xAA, 16xAF, Tesselation at NORMAL.

Card Average
ASUS HD 7770 29.2
Leadtek GTX 460 31.8

Operating Temperature

Furmark was used for graphic card stressing.

Card Idle (°C) Load (°C) Stress (°C)
ASUS HD 7770 39 57 67

Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C.

– Load, Furmark was run for 1 minute at Full HD with 4xAA.
– Stress, Furmark was run under the Stress Test mode for 5 minutes.

Conclusion

Coming in at RM 589, the ASUS HD 7770 is on a premium price of the HD 7770 range and it’s lovely to see that the GPU runs cool despite the stress on it.

That said, while this is a good product itself, it’s hard to justify the price (regardless of brand). The Radeon HD 6850 has been around for quite a while, it performs better than the HD 7770, consumes a bit more power and cost almost the same. Comparing to the nVidia side of the picture, the HD 7770 performs close to the GTX 460 (and old card) and consumes far less power.

So what we have with the Radeon HD 7770 is the familiar performance we’ve seen for a long while, and a rather high price but only with somewhat better power consumption. Seriously, gamers don’t care about power consumption. 🙂 In short – HD 7770 cards (including this one) are just not worth the price.

*Photos taken with the Canon Powershot G1X

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3 Comments


  1. Dear Goldfries,

    What does this means in terms of real life usage:
    Graphic Detail : Maximum @ Full HD
    Card Average
    ASUS HD 7770 29
    Leadtek GTX 460 64

    This is the only reading which the difference is very wide.
    Thank you in advance.

  2. Does this graphic card support for all kind of pc’s ?
    Or only some Pc’s can ?

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