MSI HD 7770 review

This is as good as it gets if you're looking for a genuinely gaming-capable card for under £100

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  • Great price/performance ratio
  • Good for gamers on a budget


  • Not the fastest card around
  • Not one for top detail settings

This is as good as it gets if you're looking for a genuinely gaming-capable card at the sub-£100 level. Granted, it's only just under £100, but compared with the competing GTX 650, at this price point it's the gamer's only real option.

Heaven is a great metric for comparing GPU performance in isolation of any marketing nonsense, or any company specific extras, and the figures don't lie.

The HD 7770 is considerably faster than the GTX 650 in Heaven 3.0 with only Batman: AC actually giving any parity of performance between the two cards. Across all the other benchmarks, whether at 1080p or 2,560 x 1,600, the AMD graphics card has a pretty significant advantage.

When you look at the different GPU architecture it's easy to see why. The Cape Verde XT GPU of the HD 7770 has far more shaders on offer than the GK107 GPU at the heart of the GTX 650. Despite the fact they both have the same size frame buffer, similar clockspeed and number of ROPs, the extra Radeon Cores of the Cape Verde XT push its gaming performance numbers far ahead of the competition.

The HD 7770 is such a capable performer it's knocking on the door of the GTX 650 Ti, even the AMP! edition we're featuring here from Zotac. That's probably where Nvidia saw the matchup in the first place, but pricing and AMD have conspired against it.

While you're not going to be topping 30fps at 1080p on the top settings, you won't have to sacrifice too much of the pretties to be able to hit that magic frame rate.

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelHD 7770
Chipset LineRadeon
Chipset SeriesHD 7000
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameMSI
Standard Memory1 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 3.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width128 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologyCrossFireX
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs1
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height111 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length193 mm
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Memory Speed4500 MHz
Product ModelR7770-PMD1GD5
Product NameR7770-PMD1GD5 Radeon HD 7770 Graphic Card
Manufacturer Part NumberR7770-PMD1GD5
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Leading international graphics card maker MSI has always been a key player in the competitive graphics card market. Thanks to its strong R&D capabilities and outstanding product performance, MSI's products have always received high acclaim by the media and consumers throughout the world.

Thickness38 mm
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.2