Sitting at around the $100 mark the HIS HD 7770 iCooler 1GB isn't going to break the bank and looking through the graphs you can see that the model manages to perform not too bad, especially when you consider the price it hits at. You can see under newer games like Sleeping Dogs and F1 2012 that the numbers are over 60 FPS at 1680 x 1050.
The good news, though, for the most part is that when we fall below the 60 FPS mark at that resolution we're generally speaking not too far away from where we want to be. Considering that we test with our in-game graphics quality settings maxed out, we've always got a lot of room to move.
In some games it's just going to be a matter of moving from Very High to simply just High. Others, though, are going to need a little bit more of a push and no doubt the ol' Medium option will have to come out sometimes.
Stepping away from the video performance and onto the cooler, no one is going to really fight too hard for the looks of the iCooler option that HIS have here. It's hardly the greatest looking cooler we've seen. Saying that, though, you can see that it's more than capable of doing a good job, even when you throw overclocking into the mix.
For the price, the HIS HD 7770 iCooler 1GB isn't a bad card at all. I'd rather spend the extra $80ish and move to the HD 7850, but if your budget isn't there, then it's not a bad option for lower resolution gaming. For the most part 1680 x 1050 shouldn't be an issue for most games as long as you overclock the card as we did. You're not going to be able to max out newer ones for the most part, but hovering around the medium to high area should give you the numbers you need to have a smooth gaming experience.
If you're after a card that hovers around the $100 mark and is going to play games at 1680 x 1050, the HIS HD 7770 iCooler 1GB is a good option. Do a little bit of overclocking and you're going to get some bonus FPS. Moving past 1680 x 1050, though, is going to purely depend on the game engine.