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AMD Radeon HD 7770 Ghz Edition 2GB. Worth it?

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July 22, 2013 8:43:08 AM

HI,

I am planning on buying this card:
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/components-upgrades/graph...

I was just wondering if it any good for running the latest games at decent framerates.

I play DayZ mainly, and are having a really bad time with the current framerate turned all the way down to low.

I have 3 monitors that I cannot use, can the card run all 3 of these in eyefinity, at decent frames? If not then can I just game on one screen and use the others to do misc tasks (extended desktop.)

Also, I realise that this card will proably not keep up, so in the future would it be good to crossfire two of these, or is it not worth it.

May I add that you also get a free copy of Far Cry 3, not amazing, but better than nothing.

Any other recommendations are appreciated, just no more than about £130.

Thanks for all the healp, send any other questions my way.

PS I will hopefully plan on also playing games like Saints row 3, GTA IV, MInecraft, Just cause 2, Battlefield 3 etc. And hope to play all the next gen titles like BF4, GTA V, Saints Row 4 etc.
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July 22, 2013 8:53:48 AM

Yes, its a good card and will run pretty much any game at good frame rates... most at the highest settings at 1080p... some at reduced settings

nope. the 7770 isn't fast enough to utilize more then 1gb of vram. frankly, no single video card is fast enough in either company for 2gb of vram until you get to the HD 7870 and GTX 660. Thats the point the video cards are fast enough to use 2gb of vram. That said, if your plans in the future are to crossfire/SLi the card you get, then i would get a 2gb version as it would be necessary.

BTW: i do have a 7770GE with 1gb of vram. i don't miss the vram. never been bottlenecked yet.
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July 22, 2013 8:55:04 AM

I don't know what your price range is but if you have the range go up to a better card and get This card. The one you're looking at will play most of the games you're looking at, but I don't know that you'll get away with it on BF3 or BF4. I've got the one I suggested, and it'll run pretty much anything.

*UPDATE* wrong gpu link, corrected.
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July 22, 2013 8:57:13 AM

That card really is a basic card. I certainly would not try gaming on 3 monitors with it. Games like BF3, GTA IV, etc, can barely run at full speed with a $1000 card across 3 monitors, a $100 isn't going to cut it.

If you want to game on 1 monitor, and play some games at lower resolution, graphics turned down, etc, it's a decent card for that. Crossfiring them in the future won't add any real benefit, they are entry level cards.
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July 22, 2013 9:37:04 AM

and Monitor resolution is???
This must be factored in, ie my monitor is 2560 x 1440 while the most common resolution is 1920 x 1080. Here Vram can be an important consideration.

As getochkn indicated the 7770 is low->mid range gaming card.
Here is a indication of FPS you can expect. Note most are for higher resolution 1920 x 1200 so at 1080 you would expect slighly higher FPS.
Also Note I added the 7850 as a comparision (7770 is in lt blue).
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=549

And YES, xfire will boost performance, EX:
Crysis 2 DX11(Extreme quality) 1680 x 1050.
Single 7770 ONLY 27 FPS, while
Xfire jumpsthat to 52 FPS
@ 1920X1600
Single 7770 ONLY 22 FPS, while
Xfire jumpsthat to 42 FPS
1920 x 1080 should be between the above alues
Ref: http://www.techspot.com/review/501-amd-radeon-hd-7770-7...
** If you run at reduce resolution (1440 x 900) FPS will increase.
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July 22, 2013 10:10:26 AM

So, will it run eyefinity right out of the box (if I buy a displayport adapter) I don't mind turning things down to quite low for the time being, until I add another one. (If not eyefinity then just extended desktop over 3 displays?)

So is it worth getting or not, I would quite like a half decent card soonish.
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July 22, 2013 10:16:42 AM

Also, any ideas on a good rig to go with it (for Crossfire + Eyefinity with this card)
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July 22, 2013 10:04:59 PM

harry_derouich said:
So, will it run eyefinity right out of the box (if I buy a displayport adapter) I don't mind turning things down to quite low for the time being, until I add another one. (If not eyefinity then just extended desktop over 3 displays?)

So is it worth getting or not, I would quite like a half decent card soonish.

I would not get it. If you have the money get a 7970 or 7870 (cheaper less powerful). I've got a 7970 Ghz edition and I can run at 4k resolution. I cannot stress this card out with the games I'm running on a single screen, if you go for 2 or even 3 screens you'll probably just start to push it.
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July 23, 2013 5:13:16 AM

Eliposin said:
harry_derouich said:
So, will it run eyefinity right out of the box (if I buy a displayport adapter) I don't mind turning things down to quite low for the time being, until I add another one. (If not eyefinity then just extended desktop over 3 displays?)

So is it worth getting or not, I would quite like a half decent card soonish.

I would not get it. If you have the money get a 7970 or 7870 (cheaper less powerful). I've got a 7970 Ghz edition and I can run at 4k resolution. I cannot stress this card out with the games I'm running on a single screen, if you go for 2 or even 3 screens you'll probably just start to push it.


What about this one then? Will it pair nicely with the FX 8350?
http://www.cclonline.com/product/78775/FX-787A-CNFC/Gra...
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July 23, 2013 7:51:52 AM

harry_derouich said:
Eliposin said:
harry_derouich said:
So, will it run eyefinity right out of the box (if I buy a displayport adapter) I don't mind turning things down to quite low for the time being, until I add another one. (If not eyefinity then just extended desktop over 3 displays?)

So is it worth getting or not, I would quite like a half decent card soonish.

I would not get it. If you have the money get a 7970 or 7870 (cheaper less powerful). I've got a 7970 Ghz edition and I can run at 4k resolution. I cannot stress this card out with the games I'm running on a single screen, if you go for 2 or even 3 screens you'll probably just start to push it.


What about this one then? Will it pair nicely with the FX 8350?
http://www.cclonline.com/product/78775/FX-787A-CNFC/Gra...


It'd pair ok. But in high end gaming, especially at ultra high settings, that GPU will still become a bottleneck. You could play plenty of games and normal or medium settings, and even on high. But when you go to multimonitor gaming you'll start to push that card farther than it'll likely be able to go.
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July 23, 2013 8:11:14 AM

Eliposin said:
harry_derouich said:
Eliposin said:
harry_derouich said:
So, will it run eyefinity right out of the box (if I buy a displayport adapter) I don't mind turning things down to quite low for the time being, until I add another one. (If not eyefinity then just extended desktop over 3 displays?)

So is it worth getting or not, I would quite like a half decent card soonish.

I would not get it. If you have the money get a 7970 or 7870 (cheaper less powerful). I've got a 7970 Ghz edition and I can run at 4k resolution. I cannot stress this card out with the games I'm running on a single screen, if you go for 2 or even 3 screens you'll probably just start to push it.


What about this one then? Will it pair nicely with the FX 8350?
http://www.cclonline.com/product/78775/FX-787A-CNFC/Gra...


It'd pair ok. But in high end gaming, especially at ultra high settings, that GPU will still become a bottleneck. You could play plenty of games and normal or medium settings, and even on high. But when you go to multimonitor gaming you'll start to push that card farther than it'll likely be able to go.


So I could solve all of the problems if I XFired??
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July 23, 2013 1:29:06 PM

harry_derouich said:

So I could solve all of the problems if I XFired??


until AMD fixes xfire, it doesn't work. so don't plan your gpu purchases with xfire as a stratagy.

If you want 1 monitor at 1080p, yes a 7770 will work fine for you. not perfect but good enough. Lord knows i've had no problems playing any game in 1080p on one.

If you plan on eyeinfinity with 3 monitors all at 1080p for 5760 x 1080 resolution, you'll need a 7950 at the BARE MINIMUM (i would skip the 760, because of it's 2gb of vram, as you'll need more then that with 3 monitors at 5760x1080 resolution). In reality you probably need a HD 7970, a 4gb 770, on the low end, or a GTX 780, 690 or Titan on the high end.
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July 23, 2013 2:03:44 PM

Just a questiopn, If Xfire does not work, then how are the review sites able to shw results of xfire???

The link I posted was over ayear ago - hopefully AMD has made some improvements to driver, and NOT broken them.
http://www.techspot.com/review/501-amd-radeon-hd-7770-7...

I'm not a gamer and do not use xfire or SLI, so this is more a obvious queston.
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July 23, 2013 2:33:49 PM

RetiredChief said:
Just a questiopn, If Xfire does not work, then how are the review sites able to shw results of xfire???

The link I posted was over ayear ago - hopefully AMD has made some improvements to driver, and NOT broken them.
http://www.techspot.com/review/501-amd-radeon-hd-7770-7...

I'm not a gamer and do not use xfire or SLI, so this is more a obvious queston.


xfire "fakes" fps numbers by drawing partial frames. When you remove the partial and incomplete frames, xfire produces the exact same fps as a single card. It's a problem with pacing. it doesn't wait for the frame to draw before starting the next one. Nvidia beats this problem with hardware on their cards to force them to pace their frames properly, and draw them completely. AMD is trying to find a software solution to the problem.
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November 6, 2013 2:28:38 PM

"The one you're looking at will play most of the games you're looking at, but I don't know that you'll get away with it on BF3 or BF4."


Thats a load of rubbish i have a 1GB HD7770 and i can run BF4 ultra.
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November 30, 2013 6:05:00 AM

getochkn said:
That card really is a basic card. I certainly would not try gaming on 3 monitors with it. Games like BF3, GTA IV, etc, can barely run at full speed with a $1000 card across 3 monitors, a $100 isn't going to cut it.

If you want to game on 1 monitor, and play some games at lower resolution, graphics turned down, etc, it's a decent card for that. Crossfiring them in the future won't add any real benefit, they are entry level cards.


Actually, I have the 1gb model of this card and I run bf3 on high at 75fps and bf4 on mid high at 50 fps. So it's a great card for the price.
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