AMD Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 GPU Reviews

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By now you should all know the drill. A big GPU manufacturer releases a new high-end GPU, based on a new or updated architecture. Then over the course of the next few months, the company continually fleshes out its product stack until a top-to-bottom line-up of new graphics cards emerges, at a wide range of price points, all based on the same architecture.

If you’ve been paying attention as of late, you’ve probably noticed that AMD recently released a couple of high-end graphics cards—the Radeon HD 7970 and 7950—based on the GPU codenamed “Tahiti”, which sports an entirely new architecture, dubbed Graphics Core Next, or GCN. With the launch of the Radeon HD 7900 series set forth, what we have on tap for you today should come as no surprise. AMD’s current high-end products are based on a new architecture, so it’s time to flesh out the rest of the product stack with some new stuff, of course.

AMD is launching two more Radeon HD 7000 series products today, the Radeon HD 7770 and 7750, but unlike the 7970 and 7950, these two new cards are based on a fresh GPU codenamed “Cape Verde”. Cape Verde has essentially the same feature set as the more powerful Tahiti, but is pared down to target a totally different market segment, and be more affordable and power friendly too.


The AMD Radeon HD 7770

AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
Specifications & Features


The main features and specifications of the new Radeon HD 7770 and Radeon HD 7750 being released today are outlined in the chart above. We’ll dive into the specifications and take a close look at each card on the next page, but for now the Typical Board Power spec provides a large enough hint to figure out that these cards do not target performance enthusiasts.


The AMD Radeon HD 7750

With typical board powers of 55 watts (Radeon HD 7750) and 80 watts (Radeon HD 7770), or approximately 4x to 5x lower than the Radeon HD 7900 series cards, it should be clear that these first two members of the Radeon HD 7700 series are targeted at mainstream users or casual gamers looking to upgrade from integrated graphics or an older, previous-generation entry-level graphics card.

The Cape Verde GPU powering the Radeon HD 7770 and 7750 cards, however, is fairly potent given its position in the Radeon HD 7000 series. It does not target the “sweet” spot of the market though; the GPU codenamed Pitcairn, which will power the Radeon HD 7800 series has that distinction. But if you’ve got the need for an affordable graphics card, with a bleeding edge feature set, and just enough oomph for some casual gaming, read on and check out the Radeon HD 7700s.

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I think that these cards will do well. The x770 cards in particular have been well received in the past and I see no reason for that to change.

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I got a Diamond HD 5770 1GB(my first GPU and still is) When i bought this baby i was just amazed with its performance and price one year ago. I've never had a problem with it since then.

The Radeon HD 7750 looks ugly!

The Radeon HD 7770 looks great + its performance and power consumption just make it a ideal graphics card---I think I'm getting this one soon.

The performance is not a surprise, I expected that from AMD YAYYYYYYYYYYY

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You can't be the prices for what is currently available at that power level. What is sad is to see a new gen product go head to head with a previous gen tech from team green. I expect more from AMD.

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Did you expect the 7770 to beat the 560?

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I'm with Omega.

This, in my opinion, was not a good launch. Right now a 6850/6870 or a GTX 560 are the much better deals in this price bracket (look for the rebates).

I figure that eventually AMD will soon EOL the 68xx series, and then the prices of these cards will drop: I think they did something similar when they launched the 6xxx, because the 5xxx series were still around and were giving much better performance for the same price. Then they will be convincing, esp for those gaming at below 1080p resolutions.

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dejasoul100:

I'm with Omega.

This, in my opinion, was not a good launch. Right now a 6850/6870 or a GTX 560 are the much better deals in this price bracket (look for the rebates).

I figure that eventually AMD will soon EOL the 68xx series, and then the prices of these cards will drop: I think they did something similar when they launched the 6xxx, because the 5xxx series were still around and were giving much better performance for the same price. Then they will be convincing, esp for those gaming at below 1080p resolutions.

 

Agreed, A lot of sites are saying that the 77x0 cards are 90% of the performance of a 6870 for 90% of the price. So technically if it weren't for better power efficiency on the 77x0 cards your best bang for the buck is with the 6850. 

 

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The stated price points are their worst enemy here. (shooting themselves in the foot)

Yes, the cards perform well, and stay fairly cool too, but they are not high end parts and shouldn't be priced that way.

These will be a consideration for me when prices come down a lot.

Until then,..................

"They want to keep them ~a lot more~ than I want to buy them."

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I don't think you can call $159 the high end of the price spectrum, seeing how 580's and 7970's are $500 cards.

I'd say this card would fall into the mid range for AMD's video cards. The x400 and x500 entry level. The x600 being kind of an odd child I'd a call mainstream class, and the x800 series filling the gap between the high end and mid range cards.

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While I thought they were nice cards; there are better deals as other members said. Granted I thought they priced it well and for what they have, it is a good deal but I'm doubting if AMD is losing it in the pricing.

Still, good cards, good review; glad to know they're filling these product tiers as quickly as possible; in case NVIDIA launches the heavily expected onslaught on them. Looks like AMD's still able to put up good GPU's.

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I'm a little confused, shouldn't the comparison be between the 6770 and 7770. The 6870 is the next step up the ladder.

Edit: After a quick look on the egg I get what the rest of you are saying. While the 7770's main competition at it's price point is the 550 TI, it is possible to find a few 6850s and even an off brand 560. Moving up just $10 places you firmly in 6850 territory, and it's hard to believe the average Joe would balk at an extra10 spot. The case for going with a 560 is a little murkier though as they don't show up with regularity until you hit about $185, and I can see some deciding to spend less.

I don't think they would have to make much of a price cut though. Somewhere around $139 - $149 would be just right.

But then again, with the 7770's  performance falling in between a 550TI and a 560, shouldn't it's price also?

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