Feeds
85%
Radeon 4770 - RV740

AMD ATI Radeon HD 4770 40nm GPU

Can a budget graphics card really be this fast?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

However, that's only part of the tale. When we enabled 2x anti-aliasing, with a single HD 4770 the average frame rate dropped from 40.2f/s to 34.7f/s but with dual HD 4770 the frame rate recovered to 44.1f/s. That’s a big step but it'll cost about £160 to buy a pair of 4770s so you might just as well go the whole hog and spend £190 on a GeForce GTX 260 or a Radeon HD 4890.

Radeon 4770 - RV740

We can't wait to see high-end 40nm GPUs

Even so, it made us wonder what would happen if we could plug three 4770s together, but we had been told by AMD that it was only possible to run two HD 4770s in CrossFireX. At that moment, we received graphics cards from Asus and Sapphire so we reached for our Skulltrail test system that's based on a D5400SX motherboard with its three graphics slots.

Skulltrail is horrendously expensive as it uses twin Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors. But it serves as a platform to run multiple graphics cards and we found that three 4770 cards in CrossFireX outperformed three 4830s. More interestingly, they also beat two HD 4850s which is relevant as all three set-ups have the same cost. It’s pretty much an academic exercise as we wouldn’t consider using three budget graphics cards in CrossFireX when you can buy a single HD 4890 for less cash.

Our testing results clearly show that the 4770 has replaced the 4830, and we can hardly wait to see what AMD does next with its 40nm technology.

Verdict

AMD’s new HD 4770 is a gem of a graphics card that delivers ten per cent more performance than the under-rated Radeon HD 4830. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

85%
Radeon 4770 - RV740

AMD ATI Radeon HD 4770 40nm GPU

Lettuce analogy time: the HD 4770 is as cold as an iceberg and performs like a little gem. Or perhaps that should be a rocket?
Price: £79 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.