AMD ATI Radeon HD 4770 - Test Setup

By Edward Chester



Our Score:


Test System

* Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition

* Asus P6T motherboard

* 3 x 1GB Qimonda IMSH1GU03A1F1C-10F PC3-8500 DDR3 RAM

* 150GB Western Digital Raptor

* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Cards Tested

* ATI Radeon HD 4770

* nVidia GeForce 9800 GT

* nVidia GeForce 9600 GT


* ATI HD 4770 - Beta Driver

* Other ATI cards - Catalyst 9.4

* nVidia cards - 182.08

Games Tested

* Crysis

* Race Driver: GRID

* Call of Duty 4

* Counter-Strike: Source


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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