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MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB OC Edition Video Card Review - Final Thoughts

With some big out of the box overclocks on the AMD Radeon HD 7770, we see how much further we can go with the MSI offering.

By: | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 4:52 am
TweakTown Rating: 80%Manufacturer: MSI

Final Thoughts


The biggest issues when it comes to overclocking the HD 7770 yourself is that some companies have opted for such large out of the box overclocks giving us little gains over other offerings currently on the market. The bigger appeal to a lower clocked out of the box card is the price.


Coming in at $159.99, the MSI HD 7770 carries the SRP that you'd expect while the XFX offering is $179.99 and the Sapphire card we looked at comes in at $169.99. Looking through our graphs today you can see that you're able to save $10 or $20 and achieve performance that would come out just ahead of these overclocked offerings.


One of the issues is that the cooler on the MSI offering doesn't exactly stand out for the best reasons. While we're of course custom overclocked here, for the most part, we can see that performance comes in only about 5% higher than what XFX is offering us. Looking at heat and noise numbers, you can see this is done with a fair bit more noise and heat as well.


We're just not that much of a fan of the HD 7770, and even taking the time to find a max overclock yourself, there's not this massive gain that you'd hope, because companies are offering us such big out of the box overclocks. Going from a default clock of 1000MHz to 1240MHz is really nice, but because XFX offer us a default clock of 1120MHz on the core and Sapphire offers us 1150MHz, we're not seeing the kind of gains you'd expect to see if more companies opted for the default clocks.


The MSI offering isn't our favorite HD 7770 we've looked at from a cooling point of view, but does come in a bit cheaper than the other models. The one thing we have to continue to mention, though, is the simple fact that for a similar price point you're able to get a HD 6800 series video card. The situation has been made even worse recently with some really aggressive rebates being seen and the XFX HD 6870 coming in at $139.99 after rebates. In the end we've got another HD 7770 that leaves us flat as AMD price themselves out of the market with the HD 6870 with continues to be the better choice.



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