- 640 Stream Processors
- 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5
- PCI Express 3.0 x16
- $99.99 –
- $3.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)
nice entry level card 05/01/2013
Small card, runs cool and quiet under normal conditions. Performance is as expected at stock speeds and better with modest overclock. Most games are very playable at high quality settings.
Fan starts to be noticeable around 50% and loud around 70%. Happily it doesn't usually get that high under normal gaming conditions. It's really only synthetic benchmarks that push it to those levels.
I despise rebates but I did send this one in, gritting my teeth the whole time. This card is only a good value if the rebate comes through.
I bought this card for my computer at work for Friday afternoon Starcraft 2 melees. This card plays the game nicely at High settings. It gets a little laggy at Ultra settings.
Mine OCs to 1100/1250, about 10%. I used the Sapphire Trixx utility to bump core voltage from 1200 to 1250 because the manufacturer's AfterBurner adjust voltage.
The 7770 is about as low as I'd go for an entry level gaming card. For about a c-note you can play most games at decent settings.
I also own 7870 and 7970 GHz Editions. The 7870 is very nearly twice as powerful as this 7770 and is a worthwhile step up for some games. The 7970 is close to three times the 7770, but relative to the 7870 is not a huge upgrade (and costs about twice as much).
I generally ignore rebates and don't mention them, but nearly every video card deal involves a rebate and it's 25% of the purchase price in this case. It's not a good deal if they stiff you on the rebate. As a prospective buyer, I want to know if a company has a bad reputation with rebates. Biostar and Xigmatek, for example. Yeah I went there.
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