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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Friday, 04 May 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
HIS Radeon HD 7770 iCooler Video Card
Closer Look: HIS Radeon 7770 iCooler
HIS 7770 iCooler Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
VGA Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleField 3
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
HIS 7770 iCooler Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
HIS 7770 iCooler Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

VGA Testing Methodology

The Microsoft DirectX-11 graphics API is native to the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, and will be the primary O/S for our test platform. DX11 is also available as a Microsoft Update for the Windows Vista O/S, so our test results apply to both versions of the Operating System. The majority of benchmark tests used in this article are comparative to DX11 performance, however some high-demand DX10 tests have also been included.

According to the Steam Hardware Survey published for the month ending January 2012, the most popular gaming resolution is 1920x1080 with 1680x1050 hot on its heels, our benchmark performance tests concentrate on these higher-demand resolutions: 1.76MP 1680x1050 and 2.07MP 1920x1080 (22-24" widescreen LCD monitors), as they are more likely to be used by high-end graphics solutions, such as those tested in this article.

In each benchmark test there is one 'cache run' that is conducted, followed by five recorded test runs. Results are collected at each setting with the highest and lowest results discarded. The remaining three results are averaged, and displayed in the performance charts on the following pages.

A combination of synthetic and video game benchmark tests have been used in this article to illustrate relative performance among graphics solutions. Our benchmark frame rate results are not intended to represent real-world graphics performance, as this experience would change based on supporting hardware and the perception of individuals playing the video game.

HIS_HD7770_iCooler_1GB_GPU-Z_Main.jpgIntel Z68 Test System

  • Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro
  • System Memory: 8GB Corsair LP CL9 1600MHz
  • Processor: Core i7 2600K @ 4.2GHz
  • Disk Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB
  • Enclosure: Lancool PC-K63
  • PSU: Corsair HX750W 750 watt Modular
  • Monitor: HKC 22" Widescreen (1920x1080)
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1)

DirectX-10 Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark Vantage v1.02
    • Extreme Settings: (Extreme Quality, 8x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, 16x Anisotropic Filtering, 1:2 Scale)
  • Street Fighter IV Benchmark
    • Extreme Settings: (Very High Quality, 8x AA, 16x AF, Parallel rendering On, Shadows High)

DirectX-11 Benchmark Applications

  • Aliens vs Predator
    • Extreme Settings: (Very High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF, SSAO, Tessellation, Advanced Shadows)
  • BattleField: Bad Company 2
    • Extreme Settings: (Highest Quality, HBAO, 8x AA, 16x AF, 180s Fraps Single-Player Intro Scene)
  • BattleField 3
    • High Settings: (High Quality, 2x MSAA, AA Post High, 8x AF, SSAO, 120s Fraps 'Operation Swordbreaker' action scene)
  • Lost Planet 2
    • Extreme Settings: (2x AA, Low Shadow Detail, High Texture, High Render, High DirectX 11 Features)
  • Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 Benchmark 1.0.4
    • Extreme Settings: (Maximum Quality, 8x AA, 16x AF, DX11 Terrain Tessellation)
  • Metro 2033
    • Extreme Settings: (Very-High Quality, AAA, 16x AF, Advanced DoF, Tessellation, 180s Fraps Chase Scene)
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
    • Extreme Settings: (High Quality, Normal Tessellation, 16x AF, 4x AA)

Video Card Test Products

Graphics Card HIS Radeon
iCooler HD 7770
MSI GeForce
GTX 550Ti
HIS Radeon
HD6850 X Turbo
Gigabyte GeForce
GTX 460 OC
HIS Radeon
HD7750 iCooler
HIS Radeon
HD6870 X Turbo X
GPU Cores 640 192 960 336 512 1120
Core Clock (MHz) 1000 950 820 715 800 975
Shader Clock (MHz) N/A 1900 N/A 1430 N/A N/A
Memory Clock (MHz) 1125 1075 1100 900 1125 1150
Memory Amount 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1204MB GDDR-5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit 256-bit
  • AMD HIS Radeon iCooler HD 7770 1GB (1000 MHz GPU/1125 MHz vRAM - AMD Cape Verde 8.932.2 win7)
  • NVIDIA MSI GeForce GTX 550Ti (950 MHz GPU/1900 MHz Shader/1075 MHz vRAM - Forceware 285.62)
  • AMD HIS Radeon HD6850 X Turbo (820 MHz GPU/1100 MHz vRAM - AMD Catalyst Driver 11.9)
  • NVIDIA Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 OC (715 MHz GPU/1430 MHz Shader/900 MHz vRAM - Forceware 285.62)
  • AMD HIS Radeon HD7750 iCooler (800 MHz GPU/1125 MHz vRAM - AMD Catalyst Driver 11.9)
  • AMD HIS Radeon HD6870 X Turbo X (975 MHz GPU/1150 MHz vRAM - AMD Catalyst Driver 11.9)



 

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# RE: HIS Radeon HD 7770 iCooler Video CardJohn 2012-11-01 10:35
I have this card, and the fan at 100 percent is very loud. How could you possibly not notice a difference between 20 percent and 100 percent fan? Only explanation is that your ambient noise levels are very high, in that case you shouldn't state the card is silent at 100 fan, because it isn't.
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# RE: RE: HIS Radeon HD 7770 iCooler Video CardOlin Coles 2012-11-01 10:44
Why would you ever use the fan at 100% power? Every video card fan I've ever tested is loud at that power, and equally unnecessary.
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