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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

DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2

The Battlefield franchise has been known to demand a lot from PC graphics hardware. DICE (Digital Illusions CE) has incorporated their Frostbite-1.5 game engine with Destruction-2.0 feature set with Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 features destructible environments using Frostbit Destruction-2.0, and adds gravitational bullet drop effects for projectiles shot from weapons at a long distance. The Frostbite-1.5 game engine used on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 consists of DirectX-10 primary graphics, with improved performance and softened dynamic shadows added for DirectX-11 users.

At the time Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was published, DICE was also working on the Frostbite-2.0 game engine. This upcoming engine will include native support for DirectX-10.1 and DirectX-11, as well as parallelized processing support for 2-8 parallel threads. This will improve performance for users with an Intel Core-i7 processor. Unfortunately, the Extreme Edition Intel Core i7-980X six-core CPU with twelve threads will not see full utilization.

In our benchmark tests of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the first three minutes of action in the single-player raft night scene are captured with FRAPS. Relative to the online multiplayer action, these frame rate results are nearly identical to daytime maps with the same video settings. The Frostbite-1.5 game engine in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 appears to equalize our test set of video cards, and despite AMD's sponsorship of the game it still plays well using any brand of graphics card.

  • BattleField: Bad Company 2
    • Extreme Settings: (Highest Quality, HBAO, 8x AA, 16x AF, 180s Fraps Single-Player Intro Scene)

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Cost Analysis: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (1680x1050)

  • $129.99 HIS Radeon iCooler HD 7770 costs $2.95 per FPS
  • $129.99 MSI GeForce GTX 550Ti costs $2.48 per FPS
  • $149.99 HIS Radeon HD6850 costs $2.44 per FPS
  • $139.99 Gigabyte GeForce GTX460 costs $2.52 per FPS
  • $109.99 HIS Radeon HD7750 costs $2.94 per FPS
  • $164.99 HIS Radeon HD6870 costs $2.37 per FPS
  • 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



     

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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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