AMD ATI Radeon HD 4770 - Race Driver: GRID

By Edward Chester



Our Score:


Race Driver: GRID is the newest game in our testing arsenal and it's currently one of our favourites too. Its combination of arcade style thrills and spills with a healthy dose of realism and extras like Flashback makes it a great pick-up-and-go driving game. It's also visually stunning with beautifully rendered settings, interactive crowds, destructible environments, and stunning lighting. All that and it's not the most demanding game on hardware, either.

We test using the 64-bit version of the game, patched to version 1.2, and running in DirectX 10 mode. FRAPS is used to record frame rates while we manually complete one circuit of the Okutama Grand Circuit, in a Pro Tuned race on normal difficulty. We find a frame rate of at least 40fps is required to play this game satisfactorily as significant stutters can ruin your timing and precision. We'd also consider 4xAA as a minimum as the aliasing on the straight lines of track, barriers, and car bodies is a constant distraction. All in-game settings are set to their maximum and we test with 0xAA and 4xAA.

While all three cards again manage to achieve a playable framerate in most of our tests, ATI's HD4770 has that much more headroom so would be the obvious choice at this price for this title.


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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