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XFX Radeon HD 7770 Monster Graphics Card Spotted

In January, XFX launched its Radeon HD 7750 Monster graphics card. Now the HD 7770 Monster has been pictured and will likely hit the market soon.

The graphics card will have factory overclocked settings, where the core speed will be 1,100 MHz and memory speed at only 5.0 GHz. For reference, AMD's reference specifications have core speed at 1,000 MHz and memory at 4.5 GHz. The card carries 1 GB of GDDR5 that runs on a 128-bit memory interface. These numbers are exactly a 10 percent jump over the reference numbers, and the scores in the review rise accordingly.

The PCB and cooler are nearly identical. The heatsink is a simple heatspreader covered by a plastic shroud with a center fan. The cooler blows air both into the computer case and out the rear.

The card will first be released in China with no word yet of pricing or U.S. availability.

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Niels Broekhuijsen
Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news on all components and peripherals.
  • griptwister
    I think it's time more GPU companies add LED's to their cards... or even add a glowing Title to their card like "HD 7770 Monster Edition" in a glowing Green or Red. I know that would make me want to buy a select card even more.
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  • griptwisterI think it's time more GPU companies add LED's to their cards... or even add a glowing Title to their card like "HD 7770 Monster Edition" in a glowing Green or Red. I know that would make me want to buy a select card even more.The 7770's an entry level card. I think that people who go for entry level cards like these don't really go for aesthetics(probably because windowed cases cost aren't available all that cheap. But it would be really nice to see things like rgb led's being included with mid-high end cards like 7870/660 - 7970/680. Titan's LED is already being put to good use by evga's precisionx.
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  • festerovic
    Blowing hot air into the case is the fail whale...Also, these dudes are probably kicking themselves for not getting this out before the 7790, not much value here considering they will probably charge $20 more than a regular 7770.
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  • hapkido
    Well half the hot air goes into the case -- the other half goes out the back. It's not a huge issue for properly ventilated cases even with high end cards. I have two 5850s (with fail whale fans) and an overclocked i5-2500k and nothing gets overly hot, despite my two top 140mm fans starting to wear out.

    The upside is these types of fans are quieter at higher rpm than blower types.
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  • The poor need graphics cards too...
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  • festerovic
    hapkidoWell half the hot air goes into the case -- the other half goes out the back. It's not a huge issue for properly ventilated cases even with high end cards. I have two 5850s (with fail whale fans) and an overclocked i5-2500k and nothing gets overly hot, despite my two top 140mm fans starting to wear out.The upside is these types of fans are quieter at higher rpm than blower types.agree on the quietness, and I agree that those types of fans CAN do good on other brands, but look at the exhaust area on the second pic - there is the XFX cutout of the metal, thats it. Highly unlikely that fan is blowing 50% out the back.
    I stand by my Fail!
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  • iam2thecrowe
    pointless. 7770 is a budget gamers card, they are not going to want to spend extra 20% for a 10% improvement, especially not when it can be done with basic overclocking. A no-frills 7770 with a good cooler and a low price will sell better. Hardly a "Monster" of a card.
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  • tomfreak
    too late now, if they go blower fan, I might be interested.
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  • madjimms
    10% improvement is NOT worth the extra price. Might as well just jump to the 7850.
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  • DelightfulDucklings
    soldier2013The poor need graphics cards too...
    That's a bit harsh
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