HIS HD 4770 512MB PCI-E Graphics Card

Test Setup

Test Setup
 
Today we are going to be concentrating on a head-to-head comparison of the HIS HD4770 512MB, Zotac GTS250 AMP 1GB, and Asus 9800GTX 512MB graphics cards. The aim is to see whether the new HD4770 512MB card, based on 40nm fabrication, offers any benefits over the older 55nm cards.
 
 
ProcessorIntel Core i7 920 @ Stock
MotherboardMSI X58 Platinum
Memory6GB Corsair Dominator CL8 1600Mhz
Power Supply
Tuniq Ensemble 1200W
Operating SystemWindows Vista x64 SP1
Graphics Drivers
Catalyst 9.4 and Nvidia Geforce 182.50
 
 
To put the cards through their paces the following list of programs and games were carefully chosen. Varying levels of quality, AA and  both low and high resolutions were used to give an overall view of how each card performs under different levels of stress.
 
 
3DMark05
STOCK
1900x1200/4xAA


3DMark06
STOCK
1900x1200/4xAA



3DMark Vantage
PERFORMANCE
1900x1200/4xAA


Call of Duty 4
1600x1200/4xAA
1900x1200/4xAA


Enemy Territories Quake Wars
1600x1200/4xAA
1900x1200/4xAA


Crysis
1600x1200/0xAA/HIGH
1900x1200/0xAA/HIGH


Far Cry 2
1600x1200/4xAA/HIGH/DX10
1900x1200/2xAA/HIGH


Race Driver: GRID
1600x1200/4xAA/HIGH/DX10
1900x1200/0xAA/HIGH

Unreal Tournament 3
1600x1200/4xAA/HIGH/DX10
1900x1200/0xAA/HIGH
 
 
Overclocking
 
Using the Catalyst Overdrive overclocking utility we managed to reach 820Mhz on the core, and 840Mhz on the memory. With more time and further tweaking we could probably manage to squeeze a few extra Mhz out of the card, but the lack of heatsinks on the memory is likely to be a hinderance to the maximum overclock achievable.
 
Overdrive
 
The card remained cool and quiet regardless of the overclock. The fan did occasionally ramp up speed, but it was barely audible and a minor inconvenience considering the noise some of the leaf blower coolers produce these days.
 
 
To test the overclock 3DMark Vantage with "Performance" and "Extreme" settings was used. In Performance Mode the card jumps from 7732 3DMarks to 8239 and in Extreme Mode we see the score increase from 3018 to 3300 3DMarks. A very respectable increase ranging from 282-557 3DMarks. This highlights the worth in overclocking your card to utilise the extra performance lurking inside.
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Most Recent Comments

09-05-2009, 07:13:10

zak4994
Don't like barebone cards. Seem cheap. But this thing surely can compete against the 9600GT with pricing no?

Seems like a good card over all.Quote

09-05-2009, 08:49:30

AntiHeroUK
The 4830 easily performs above the 9600GT and the 4770 performs ahead of the 4830 and is comparable to the 4850 so it's great value for money Quote

09-05-2009, 10:52:25

D-Cyph3r
I have literally seen nothing but praise for this card. In Crossfire friendly games it's supposed to be as fast as a GTX280, which is astonishing really...Quote

09-05-2009, 10:54:49

AntiHeroUK
Yeah they do look rather tasty in Crossfire Quote

09-05-2009, 11:33:42

TonyG
Do I buy 2 to replace my 4850Quote
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