HIS HD 4770 512MB PCI-E Graphics Card

Conclusion

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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. 
 
The Good
- Excellent pricing
- Based on the Latest Technology
- Quiet and efficient cooler
 
The Mediocre
- Lack of memory heatsinks
 
The Bad
- Substandard bundle
 
 VFM
 
Thanks to HIS for providing the HD4770 for todays review. Discuss in our Forums.
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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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