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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   Julian Apong  
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Up Close With the ASUS EAH4770 Videocard

At the back of the ASUS EAH4770 videocard are two dual-link DVI outputs capable of a maximum resolution of 2560x1920 each. The S-video connection supports component video output. The card itself requires one 6-pin power connection and is Crossfire X compatible so multiple videocards can be teamed.

The Asus EAH4770 videocard is equipped with a large and fairly quiet aluminum heatsink with inset fan. The additional height of the heatsink means the EAH4770 videocard will occupy two expansion slots instead of just one. Under testing the fan made an audible hum at full speed, but was practically silent when set to run automatically.

ASUS' fan design doesn't exhaust hot air out through the rear of the computer case, so any hot air is dumped back inside the system chassis. While this will raise ambient temperatures inside the case by a few degrees, adding in a system fan can easily remedy the problem.

Given its competitive pricing, it's not surprising that the ASUS EAH4770 comes with relatively few extras. Inside the box you'll find a pair of driver CDs, a short installation guide, a molex to PCI Express power adapter, a Component adapter, a DVI to VGA adapter, and most importantly a DVI to HDMI adapter. Since this is an AMD Radeon HD videocard, the HDMI adapter is HDCP complaint and will also carry audio signals without the use of any additional cabling.

Total System Power Draw Comparisons

Here's how the ASUS EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A videocard stacks up for power consumption in real life against a couple different graphics cards. PCSTATS measures total system power draw and compares that in 3D loaded (max value recorded in 3DMark06) and idle states (at Windows desktop). The power supply used in each test is an A-PFC compliant PC Power and Cooling 750W model.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportVideocard Power Consumption (Total System Power Draw)
Idle at Desktop Watts Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 177
ASUS EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 153
ASUS EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 222
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 165
ASUS EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 137
ASUS EAH4850 HTDI/512M 120
MSI R4830-T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 108
ASUS EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 101
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 195
ASUS EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 160
ASUS EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 150
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 120
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 170
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 96
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 166
ASUS EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 152
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 151
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E 196
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 183
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 165
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 140
3D Loaded: Watts Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 421
ASUS EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 390
ASUS EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 610
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 330
ASUS EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 225
ASUS EAH4850 HTDI/512M 202
MSI R4830-T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 177
ASUS EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 153
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 549
ASUS EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 333
ASUS EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 252
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 214
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 316
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 160
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 313
ASUS EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 220
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 221
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E 345
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 315
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 277
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 213

Overall power draw numbers illustrate what a 40nm die shrink can do to save power; the ASUS EAH4770 videocard (& complete PC system) draws just 153W under load in 3DMark06! That's pretty impressive given the performance this mainstream videocard is able to dish out as you'll see momentarily. At idle, the Radeon HD 4770 system is about par with the new energy efficient versions of the NVIDIA Geforce 9600GT, such as the Gigabyte NV-G96TSL-1GI videocard.

Next up PCSTATS overclocks the ASUS EAH4770 videocard!

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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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