I don't really agree with what AMD has done here with the launch of the HD 7700 series card. They skipped the HD 7800 series for the time being and we find that we look at the current crop of HD 7000 series cards and see the HD 7770 and then the HD 7950 that sits considerably ahead of it offering us playable FPS at 2560 x 1600 quite often.
It would've been nice to see AMD release the HD 7800 series first and then follow that up with the HD 7700 series so we can see this natural progression to the mid-range cards. Instead this huge gap on a psychological level leaves you feeling a bit ordinary about the HD 7700 series card.
Of course the HD 7770 comes in at $149 while the next HD 7000 series card, the HD 7950, comes in at $449. To get in on the Double Dissipation cooler that XFX is offering us here today you're going to pay an extra $20. Another $10 on top of that will give you the higher out of the box clocks.
If you're looking at playing something a bit older, you shouldn't run into any issues playing games at 1680 x 1050 with game details maxed out. Moving to something newer, with newer technologies sees 1680 x 1050 performance begin to struggle when settings are at high. Instead you'll have to find yourself looking around the medium area for a smooth gaming experience.
The XFX offering here manages to put out some strong numbers, but at times we can see we only just scrap in that 60 FPS average we aim for. While great for XFX, it's a little worrying for the HD 7770 as we find ourselves thinking that reference 1000MHz clocked cards are going to come in below that 60 FPS mark.
The biggest issue for the HD 7770 isn't anything from NVIDIA. Instead it's AMD's own cards. The still very available HD 6870 can be had for around the $160 US mark after rebates. Going through the numbers we can see the kind of performance difference that these two cards have.
The HD 7770 is a little bit of a tough one. The XFX version is really nice, but the model on a whole feels like it misses the mark. Compared to the HD 7950 the pricing looks great as it's significantly cheaper, but of course it's significantly slower. The issue comes when you start to dive a bit deeper into other models that are available for a similar price. The HD 7770 is a good card and the XFX version really stands out; the biggest issue seems to come in terms of price which at the moment is just a little too high.
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