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ASUS EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A Radeon HD 4770 Videocard Review

ASUS EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A Radeon HD 4770 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Radeon HD 4770 strikes a balance between performance and price, coming just under the lucrative $100 mark and slotting in nicely in terms of performance between existing Radeon 4670 and 4850 videocards.
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External Mfg. Website: asus Apr 28 2009   J. Apong  
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AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis

Crysis 1.2 - AA/AF Tests

Source: Electronic Arts

Crysis is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Crytek. Crysis uses Microsoft's new API, DirectX 10 for graphics rendering, and includes the new engine—the CryEngine 2—that is the successor to Far Cry's CryEngine. CryEngine 2 is among the first engines to use the DirectX 10 framework of Windows Vista, but can also run using DirectX 9, both on Vista and Windows XP.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCrysis 1.2 1600x1200 HQ - AA/AF
1600x1200 4xAA FPS Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 36.8
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 21.8
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 27.95
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 25.2
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 39.75
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 24.7
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 22.01
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 23.21
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 25.09
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 35.28
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 17.12
1600x1200 8xAA FPS Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 37.2
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 28.2
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 34.52
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 28.8
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 42.89
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 26.9
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 24.22
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 27.97
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 21.25
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 26.59
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 16.5
1900x1200 4xAA FPS Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 33.8
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 20.3
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 24.69
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 14.5
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 35.43
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 18
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 18.41
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 20.58
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 19.78
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 26.21
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 14.2
1900x1200 8xAA FPS Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 34.2
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 24
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 30.88
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 24.3
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 38.19
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 23.4
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 21.02
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 23.81
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 18.56
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 21.33
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 13.58

In the final game benchmark of the day, the ASUS EAH4770 videocard again takes advantage of the RV740's better anti-aliasing performance to achieve a slightly higher scores in Crysis than the NVIDIA Geforce GTS 250. 1920x1200 with 8xAA is a punishing resolution for any videocard, and it's a little ambitious to ask a $100 videocard for smooth frame rates at these settings... even still, the ASUS EAH4770 does it's best to maintain 23FPS.

Great Gaming Performance for Under a Hundred Bucks?

AMD has produced a scrappy little fighter with the Radeon HD 4770 graphics processor, and ASUS a fine example of it in the EAH4770 HTDI/512GD5/A videocard. This videocard handily outclasses the NVIDIA 9600GT and AMD Radeon HD 4670 and 4830 videocards that hang around the hundred dollar mark, while still trading blows with more expensive solutions like the Radeon HD 4850 and Geforce GTS 250 videocards.

While the Radon HD 4770 'RV770' doesn't have as much shader power as the RV770 or G92+, its faster core clock speeds let it compensate. In games that use shader-intensive effects like heat distortion, HDR light blooming or motion blur, the Radeon HD 4770 isn't quite as efficient.

Of course nothing is ever quite that simple, since top-quality games do all sorts of visual tricks and optimizations to eke as much performance out of a GPU as possible. In real-world gaming, the ASUS EAH4770 is generally one to five percent slower than Radeon HD 4850 cards. Both Radeon cards are a shade faster than NVIDIA's Geforce GTS 250 videocard in situations where anti-aliasing is turned up.

This is an outstanding value, considering that Radeon HD 4850 and Geforce GTS 250 videocards cost around $150 USD. The ASUS EAH4770 will only set you back $100 USD ($120 CAD, £70 GBP), and at that price it wipes the floor with every other card on the market in terms of sheer gaming value for money. It harkens back to the days of the original Geforce 8800GT, which provided performance on par with much faster videocards at lower prices than enthusiasts thought possible.

With its low power requirements, good acoustic levels and outstanding value for money, the new ATI Radeon HD 4770 videocard is a clear winner for entry-level videocard buyers. Anyone looking to spend $100 on a videocard should automatically draft the Asus EAH4770 to the top of their shortlist, and even those with some extra cash might want to reconsider given how closely the performance of this videocard compares to its more expensive peers.

In PCSTATS overclocking tests, we were easily able to push the ASUS EAH4770 videocard to 830MHz GPU / 850MHz memory, up from the cards' default 750MHz GPU / 800MHz memory settings. Nice.

The traditional 'sweet spot' for videocards has been where videocards become fast enough to play most games with their features turned up, but before the prices become inflated for high-end 'enthusiast' videocards. AMD and NVIDIA's rivalry over the 'value' market that started with the Geforce 8800GT, continued with the Radeon HD 4850 has finally culminated in the Radeon HD 4770, a videocard that proves you can get gaming videocards even at humble prices.

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Contents of Article: asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A
 Pg 1.  ASUS EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A Radeon HD 4770 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Up Close With the ASUS EAH4770 Videocard
 Pg 3.  Easy Mainstream Videocard Overclocking
 Pg 4.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 5.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, Crysis
 Pg 6.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 7.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 9.  AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 10.  — AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis

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