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7770: MSI, Sapphire, Asus or Gigabyte

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June 28, 2012 1:19:31 PM

Dear folks,

I'm looking for a card to allow me to play Guild Wars 2 (to be released soon) @ 1440x900. Due to the high temperature in my city (37º C / 98º F today) I must choose a low tdp card as far as possible. Therefore temperature is my main concern.

Here are my specs:
i5 2400 (Sandy Bridge | 3.1 Ghz | TDP: 95W)
Asrock P67 Extreme4
PSU 600W (432W | combined 12V) (22A+22A | +12V1,+12V2)
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance XMP PC3-12800 DDR3 1600 CL9


And here are my main two options followed by others I could buy as well:

SAPPHIRE HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB GDDR5:
1000 Mhz | 4500 Mhz

MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5-OC:
1020 Mhz | 4500 Mhz

Asus HD7770-DC-1GD5-V2:
1020 Mhz | 4600 Mhz

Gigabyte GV-R777OC-1GD:
1100 Mhz | 5000 Mhz

I like the MSI model because of the nonexistent OC and the two fans plus a big heatsink (aluminium apparently).
From Sapphire, I like the brand: I mean, I trust them.
Asus' DirectCu system with the copper heatsink looks good.
And Gigabyte... well I find it a bit too OC'ed with a poor cooling system.

What do you think?

Thank you so much in advance!
June 28, 2012 3:40:22 PM

Asus or Sapphire, but If I have to choose get the Asus as it is a bit powerful.
a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 3:56:34 PM

id personally go with the gigabyte model because of the largest fan . better oc and gigabytes reliability
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 4:05:56 PM

Whichever one is cheapest after rebates.
June 28, 2012 4:58:07 PM

Thanks everyone for your responses.

panwala95 said:
id personally go with the gigabyte model because of the largest fan . better oc and gigabytes reliability

Honestly, at first sight I thought the fan was smaller. Unfortunately, I've had bad experiences with Gigabyte's graphics cards and newegg's customer aren't talking very well about its reliability: link.

Is there somebody who owns one of these?

Thank you.
a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 5:31:47 PM

well, a friend of mine running MSI HD 7770 he overclocked it and never hit more than 70c even at MAX load.
June 28, 2012 6:39:16 PM

Thank you xtreme5,

I've been checking several reviews and I post them here, for future reference:

This one compares Asus, MSI, Radeon and Zalman: http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/2819/amd-radeon-hd-7750...
It seems that the MSI is the coolest one but also the noisiest along with the Asus. As I have no access to the Radeon OC version, I think I'll go with the MSI (comparison table).

Another review of the MSI and the Asus.

I also post links to the customers' feedback at Newegg for the models I mentioned in my first post:

SAPPHIRE HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB GDDR5 @ Newegg
1000 Mhz | 4500 Mhz

MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5-OC @ Newegg
1020 Mhz | 4500 Mhz

Asus HD7770-DC-1GD5-V2 @ Newegg
1020 Mhz | 4600 Mhz

Gigabyte GV-R777OC-1GD @ Newegg
1100 Mhz | 5000 Mhz

Best Regards.
June 28, 2012 6:47:52 PM

MSI would be the best if you want to overclock since it supports overvolting. Its cooler keeps it cool so it has a lot of headroom to do it.
a b U Graphics card
June 29, 2012 4:38:09 AM

Sargas said:
Thank you xtreme5,

I've been checking several reviews and I post them here, for future reference:

This one compares Asus, MSI, Radeon and Zalman: http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/2819/amd-radeon-hd-7750...
It seems that the MSI is the coolest one but also the noisiest along with the Asus. As I have no access to the Radeon OC version, I think I'll go with the MSI (comparison table).

Another review of the MSI and the Asus.

I also post links to the customers' feedback at Newegg for the models I mentioned in my first post:

SAPPHIRE HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB GDDR5 @ Newegg
1000 Mhz | 4500 Mhz

MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5-OC @ Newegg
1020 Mhz | 4500 Mhz

Asus HD7770-DC-1GD5-V2 @ Newegg
1020 Mhz | 4600 Mhz

Gigabyte GV-R777OC-1GD @ Newegg
1100 Mhz | 5000 Mhz

Best Regards.

noise depend on the fanspeed try to use MSIAFTER BURNER from there you can increase and decrease the fan speed, so that wouldn't be a problem, even you gaming you will never hear it sound.
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