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AMD ATI Radeon HD 4770 - Counter-Strike: Source

By Edward Chester



Our Score:


What can we say about Counter-Strike: Source that hasn't already been said before? It is quite simply the benchmark for team-based online shooters and, five years after its release, it's still one of the most popular games in its genre. It focuses on small environments and incredibly intensive small-scale battles with one-shot kills the order of the day. If you want to test all elements of your first person shooter skills in one go, this is the game to do it.

We test using the 64-bit version of the game using a custom timedemo taken during a game against bots on the cs_militia map. This has a large amount of foliage and is generally one of the most graphically intensive maps available. We find a frame rate of at least 60fps is required for serious gaming as this game relies massively on quick, accurate reactions that simply can't be compromised by dropped frames. All in-game settings are set to their maximum and we test with 0xAA 0xAF, 2xAA 4xAF, and 4xAA 8xAA.

Here we see a good demonstration of why we continue to use this game in our testing. While all high-end cards absolutely blitz through all our tests, once we get down to mid-range cards there's more of a discernible difference. It's still not a significant difference in day-to-day play (though back in the day I did consider 100fps to be my preferred refresh rate when playing the original Counter-Strike). Regardless, the HD 4770 is the clear winner again.


May 1, 2009, 3:01 am

I am surprised at 8/10, I mean this card is considerably faster and cheaper than the 9800GT. I am so glad that AMD/ATI are posing a good challange to Nvidia in arguably the most popular price range 㿨-㿼

Bill Broadley

May 1, 2009, 4:56 am

Very frustrating. The review is for a card that sounds great, especially in the quiet department, "on the whole this card was incredibly quiet with it being whisper quiet when idling and for most of the time when under load as well". It *GASP*, actually improves the cooling in a system by sucking air through the GPU and pumping it out the back. Alas this isn't the card you can buy, the ones available for sale seem to have a radically poorer cooler design. Just a fan, in most cases the heat is circulated in a small area blocked on 5 sides by the case bottom, case back, motherboard, case side, and of course the GPU itself.

So while the reviewed card should make it relatively easy to have a silent desktop, the cards you can actually buy are likely to be much worse. I'd hope that in the future that trusted reviews would review video cards we can actually buy. I see 8 vendors or so in stock at newegg, none like the reviewed card.


May 1, 2009, 6:37 am

Shame about the fan noise. Been looking to get a quiet card for the media center.

Would be great if you guys did a roundup of some quiet/fanless cards.


May 13, 2009, 3:05 pm

i have a pentiumD 820 can i even get 60-70% performance as most games are gpu dependent.i am quite satisfied running games at 1280X720

Jens Kjærsgaard

July 17, 2009, 8:20 pm

If noice is an issue - use passive coled graphics cards.

I use ASUS - and play fps-games (Bioshock, GTA4, Battlefiels etc.) with no problems...




Regards Jens Kjærsgaard

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