When the HD 4770 was revealed I eagerly anticipated its release. Being the first graphics card based on the 40nm fabrication process I was hoping for something special. Make no mistake, ATI's Radeon HD 4770 delivers on many different levels, but from today's benchmarks you'd be forgiven for believing that the 4770 is somewhat of an underachiever. The fact of the matter is, the 4770 is on average £40-70 cheaper than the other two cards we benchmarked and constantly performs near or above the Asus 9800GTX, and keeps up with the Zotac GTS250 in a number of games. Sure it may not be the fastest card to ever enter production, but it was never intended to be. Placed in the lower segment of the market, the 4770 is aimed at the budget conscious gamer who doesn't have an unending flow of disposable cash to squander on the highest end graphics card every 6 months.
If you are in the market for a budget gaming card based on the latest technology, then the 4770 is definitely a strong, if not the only contender. With its efficient and noticeably quiet heatsink assembly, the 4770 will feel at home in any gamer's system. One slight disappointed I must highlight is the lack of accesories supplied with the card. Sure you get the HDMI and VGA adaptors, but it wouldn't hurt to add in a copy of Vantage or some other piece of software to whet our appetite. If you are looking for a more substancial bundle then it might be in your best interests to look at other manufacturer's. That said, if HIS can spruce up their rather substandard bundle then I have no problem's in recommending the HIS HD4770 to you.
In closing, I must admit that HIS HD4770 has more than impressed me. To say I am ecstatic would be an understatement. Yes, it's true we haven't seen anything earth shattering today, but the 4770 has managed to perform over and above my expectations, especially considering its very competitive pricing. Moving to a new fabrication is never an easy task, but ATI have proven that a lot of hard work and dedication can really pay off and the end result is an excellent graphics card for the money.
- Excellent pricing
- Based on the Latest Technology
- Quiet and efficient cooler
- Lack of memory heatsinks
- Substandard bundle