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AMD Radeon HD 6770 is a great graphics card in somewhere between Enthusiast and Mainstream performance. In terms of level it is equally powerful (if not greater) to an Nvidia GTX 9800 and in comparison to the same value (money), it has greatly satisfying performance figures.
So... let us discuss the benchmarks of Radeon HD 6770 because Dell’s XPS 8300 comes with an option to opt for a different graphics card (Video card) other than Nvidia Geforce GT420 and you may want to know the performance stats of this card before opting it for your new desktop or new laptop.
Specifications (that I used)
Memory – 1 GB GDDR5
Shader Model – Version 5.0, 725 MHz
Core Speed – 725 MHz, 480 Streaming Processors
Memory Bus Width – 128 bit (in comparison to Enthusiast graphics card, they are up to 512 bit)
DirectX – DirextX 11.0 with Eyefinity up to 5 monitors support (theoretically)
Architecture – 40nm on Whistler-XT chip (same as other 6700 and 6600 cards)
Release Date – 4 January 2011
Price Tag – Rs.10500/-
Games for Benchmarking (they are ultimate and you’ll love them)
Crysis 2>> Dead Space 2>> Need for Speed Shift Unleashed>> Mass Effect 2
Maximum FPS – 45
Average FPS – 40
Minimum FPS – 31
As you know this all too well that Crysis 2 has already become one of the most intense open world games as of yet to test great gaming hardware.
So... there were areas filled with explosion and fire, where I felt a little bit of lag while working with Hardcore settings (you have only 3 types of settings available and Gamer is the least impressive when you have a good graphics hardware).
Other than that, this graphics card handled Crysis 2 like a baby and it was a lot of fun with what Electronic Arts put in this game with CryEngine 3. So... as many would say... if a card can handle Crysis 2 very well, then it is definitely worth a try.
Maximum Frames - 35
Average - 30
Minimum - 26
You already know that Crysis 3 is quite a stressful game and if you crank up the settings to Ultra and this card can't handle a smooth gameplay.
However, when I took the settings to medium, the game was fairly playable with no much lag and still had great graphics.
Dead Space 2
Maximum – 55
Average – 45
Minimum – 41
Personally, Dead Space 2 is one of the most horrifying games to this date for me (if not for others). The combat mode is exquisite and you don’t just have to run and finish game, that’s not how this game is played. You cannot cloak yourself and run away from enemies, you have to break their limbs to slow them and attack them with your weapon (melee attack) to save ammo which are like breathing in this game.
The jelly like flesh of enemies and blood (and gore) look a little too realistic that only few cards can handle perfectly and I might sound like I am singing virtues of HD 6770 but I have never seen a middle range graphics card work so seamlessly and provide an intense gaming experience. All I needed was a dark room and a surround sound theatre and I could give myself a heart attack (just kidding)!
Dead Space 3
Max Frames - 43
Avg Frames - 40
Min Frames - 32
The final game in Dead Space series didn't live upto the name. I felt that horror elements were turned a bit down because Dead Space 2 felt great and I didn't feel that nerve wrecking tension in Dead Space 3.
The graphics were also toned down given that it's a successor to DS 2 and should have great visuals.
But on the graphics card front...it doesn't stress it too much and those frame rates are at ultra settings with 1080 resolution.
Need for Speed Shift Unleashed
Maximum – 65
Average – 58
Minimum - 42
It would have been pretty mean of me to not include one of the best racing games ever. The retouched racing game by EA turns all the tables and continues to give a great racing simulation (though it is not) experience than its predecessors.
The game worked really well with this card and the only frame lags that I faced was at high speeds and when I was surrounded by all players. I am talking about maximum settings and when I switched back to minimum settings there was no lag at all. But trust me, you would not want to set the settings to minimum or the game would remind you the horrible Pro Street and you would hate me for not disclosing this to you.
It should be noted that gameplay beyond 30 FPS is termed as fairly playable with only occasional lags that don't hang around for much longer. So, if you opt for a card that can give you minimum frame rates of around 30 to 35, then it would be perfect for your occasional gaming needs. However, remember, that if you want to play at extreme frame rates then you have to go for Enthusiast rated graphics card.
Mass Effect 2
Maximum FPS – 51
Average FPS – 45
Minimum – 35
This is full of explosion, space acts, great video sequences and amazing gameplay. This game was also a tough contender for this card like Crysis 2 because it had so many graphical elements that the card had to be great to order to provide seamless and uninterrupted gaming experience.
But you may call it a great optimization or something else, but the game ran really smooth with no lags. The frame rates should tell you what you need to know. As a matter of fact, I was quite amazed by the looks of games and could not really tell if I was actually playing Mass Effect 2 (just kidding) because the game play just amazed me.
Some other games might be worth mentioning here that I used for benchmarking. If your game falls under those games then you can rest assured that HD 6770 will be perfect for your daily and occasional gaming needs.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2 (2010)
Tom Clancy Splinter Cell Conviction
Red Faction Guerrilla
Resident Evil 5
NFS Most Wanted
Counter Strike Source
Call of Duty Black Ops
Fear 2 Project Origin
Assassins Creed 2
This card is definitely a value for money card and though there are other options available, you won’t have to go for them because this card will work like you want it to work. I have already told you necessary specs and how this one performs for challenging games, but rest is yours to decide. The system configurations matter a lot and you should care about other hardwares as well while selecting a gaming system.
That is it for now and thanks for reading this one. Happy Gaming. Ciao.
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Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on March 29, 2012:
I checked Amazon for latest prices on AMD 7000 series and it appears that you can get HD 7770 for as low as $170. Consider looking for other cards in 7000 series and you may find one that suits your budget. Happy Gaming friend. :)
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on March 29, 2012:
Hi Aniruddha, I apologize for the late reply. None of those cards can run these games (except NFS RUN) in Ultra high settings. Also, it depends on your other specs and I can see that you are not lacking in other areas.
You may feel some lagging or stuttering with 6770 and much less with 6790 but they are not designed for hardcore gaming. Still, I will suggest that you go with 6770 because you have $200 budget.
If you can increase your budget than consider going with AMD 7000 series. They are power efficient and perform great on these high end games. If you want to play in ultra-high settings with future games, then 7000 series is for you.
Aniruddha on March 24, 2012:
i upgrade my graphics card ...
amd fx4100 processore 3.6ghz
8gb ddr3 ram 1600mhz
600w crosair psu
500gb sata hdd
i want to buy radeon hd gpu ( so which one is great for my rig ) my budget is under 200$ ,,,please help ?
Aniruddha on March 21, 2012:
is amd radeon hd 6770 or6790 good for gaming ... can i run battlefield 3, nfs run, skyrim in ultra high settings with this two cards ..please help /
amd fx4100 3.6ghz qc
8gb ddr31600mhz ram
500gb sata hdd
sli 600w psu
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on January 25, 2012:
Sure thing Yatinder. Leave a buzz when you achieve the performance you wanted. :)
Yatinder on January 25, 2012:
I will try to manage 1000 rupees more for 2 gb RAM
thanks for your advice
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on January 22, 2012:
Hi there Yatinder, if that is Intel Core 2 Quad 6600, then you have a great processor. However, your RAM is less and the clock speed is lesser than recommended for optimum gaming.
That would mean slower loading times and The Run use approximately 1.5 GB RAM (in my system) and that is why your system (and game in total) will become slow.
ATI 6770 is fine for playing The Run on highest settings, when you set the resolution to 1280X1024, also, you may experience few short lags while playing but it wouldn't matter because they last for only half a second or so.
2 GB version would ensure that you don't run out of video memory. I have Nvidia gtx 560ti 1.5 GB version and I don't run out of memory anytime.
However, I must say that 1 GB memory is enough and you should opt for 6770 1 GB. Check out these links:
Look at what you might be missing!
As far as the PSU goes, you should opt for Corsair 650 watt gaming certified PSU - Corsair Enthusiast TX650.
Yatinder on January 22, 2012:
please help me
my pc config is c 2 q 6600 @ 2.4 ghz
2 gb ddr2 RAM 800 mhz Intel dg31 m/b
Samsung lcd 19" 1440x900
i have 2 options i can add
1 ATI 6770 only
2 ATI 6670/6750 + 2 gb ddr2
which option is better as I have tight budget ?
also need to upgrade psu
I want to play only nfs run
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on January 11, 2012:
Hi there Chris, without a doubt your system is crazily fast. However, AMD 6770 isn't going to be the best card for your configuration. Opt for Nvidia 560 ti or choose AMD 7770 (wait for it a little bit)!
Because AMD 6770 will bottleneck the performance of your processor because Core i7 can work better with a high performance graphics card. You may also go for AMD 6970 if that suits your budget.
Tell me what you opt for! :)
chris on January 11, 2012:
Hi just bought dell 17r i7 2.9 ghz cpu(boosted), 8gb memory, 750 gb hdd, i wanna add this card, how do you think my system would run?? i think it would run these games pretty well on med. settings. want sum extra imput though.
MariuS on January 05, 2012:
Thanl you for reply, i will read them. Cheers!
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on January 04, 2012:
Hi Hanssy, yeah it will be able to play games on High Settings. I am sorry I made this late to reply.
Hi Mariu S, Geforce GTX 560 Ti is a better graphics card than AMD 6770 in every term. So, you'll do great with this card. You'll be pleased to know that I have created few articles/hubs on GTX 560 Ti.
You may want to give them a read before you purchase 560 Ti, especially the one named Batman Arkham City on Nvidia GTX 560 ti. Cheers. :)
MaRiuS on January 04, 2012:
Hi there, i have a Chieftec 550 W and a Intel Q9400 2.6 Ghz processor, i know i am not ontopic but can you please tell me if with an Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Top 1GB DDR5 256-bit will work fine?
hanssy on December 28, 2011:
Hello nice work there man. Btw I'm looking to get the dell xps with i7 core and this card, will I be able to play games such as battlefield 3 or Batman arkham city on high? Cheers.
Claude on November 10, 2011:
Hi. I'm choosing between these two gaming laptops.
HP Pavilion dv6-6134tx with these specs:
-Intel Core i5-2410M
-ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6770 1 GB GDDR5
MSI GX660x-i5285+ with these specs:
-Intel Core i5-520M
-ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 1 GB GDDR5
What do you recommend? I will use it mainly for gaming. Will the HD 5870 beat the HD 6770 or are they at the same level of performance? And since the HD 6770 is the newer card, is it enough reason to choose it over the HD 5870? Thank you.
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on October 21, 2011:
The difference is huge but since you are going to play it on a 720p, I don't think that you'd be needing a GTX 560ti. In that case 6770 is your best bet. It would be perfect for any game with medium settings and tell you what, medium settings are pretty great too.
You won't be able to play at highest settings for games like, Crysis 2, Shift 2 Unleashed, Deus X Human Revolution, etc.
But any previous game can be cranked up to highest. Have fun. :)
JackWhelan on October 21, 2011:
How much difference is there in game between using a 23 hd and 19 vga. Do you think any of they cards be good on a 28 720p on high settings.
i cant afford the jump up from the 6770 to a gtx 560ti. any other cards around the 6770 price that are better.
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on October 20, 2011:
Hi there JackWhelan, glad to have your comment. :)
nvidia gtx 560ti is better than this card and it is also a budget card. The performance is top notch and all games (released to date) can be played in highest settings for a 23-inch (up to) monitor in Full-HD.
Also, currently Nvidia 3D Vision 2.0 is the big deal for games and almost all games will be supporting 3D via Nvidia 3D vision, so having a Nvidia card is better.
Also, there is no need to think that I am promoting Nvidia because I have AMD 6770 and I am having great fun with it. However, I am suggesting what is best for you. I would be upgrading all the way to Nvidia GTX 590 pretty soon. :)
JackWhelan on October 20, 2011:
I Building a gaming pc on a budget, is this card a good card for gaming on a budget or if theirs better what would you suggest, i have been looking at GTS450, but this comes out on top every time. Would this card run Shogun 2 on high settings and do you think it will run Skyrim and other upcoming releases.
good page, i like the game play clips
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on October 18, 2011:
Thanks John. :)
jkchandra on October 18, 2011:
Nice hub man!
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on October 16, 2011:
Hi there Jazzy D. I'll give that computer 8 out of 10. It is great for any kind of games. However, it is not a hardcore gaming machine. Still, it is pretty great for occasional gaming. :)
Jazzy D on October 16, 2011:
Hey I barely bought this computer and I was wondering what you would rate it 1-10 with that graphics card in it .
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on October 06, 2011:
Oh that awesome Oliver. Tell me abt the laptop and the performance later on. :)
Oliver on October 06, 2011:
Just bought a laptop with the this graphic card, I'll get it today, hope it got some muscles!
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on September 26, 2011:
@GoingFastWithMike You do that Mike, it will give me a place to look for great processors. :)
@drspaniel I am afraid but I can't say much about it untill I see real specs. You have to give me more.
Type - dxdiag in Run Command window and click on Display tab. On this page note down the name of graphics card that you have.
Right click the Computer icon on your desktop and select Properties, if you are running Windows 7 it will open up specs window. Note down the processor's name and RAM and that would be enough to deduce whether you will be able to play games like Crysis 2 or not.
I am saying this because Dell XPS is a brand of Dell, but the model number always keep changing.
I apologize for answering so late, but I was caught up in other updates as well and I kind of forgot to reply instantly after approving your comment. :(
drspaniel from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year... on September 14, 2011:
I have an XPS L502x would that work with games like crises 2 and Black ops? I'm really interested, as I think they'd be fun to play sometime.
GoingFastWithMike from Fishkill, NY on September 06, 2011:
+1 too the HUB. Need more like this on here. Im going to be starting a page on Processors possibly.
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on August 09, 2011:
Thanks for the comment myi4u. it is true that if you don't play games then you don't need any heft video card, onboard one will do just fine.
Yeah, I have used Nvidia GTX+ 9800 1gb and I still use it in my old machine and though it lacks many features in comparison to today's video cards, I can be sure that I won't be missing any games because the card delivers great performance even if it is old.
My preference is not with either companies, I root for performance rather than companies. Since, I have Nvidia GTX+ 9800, I have faith in nvidia and I have AMD 6770, I have faith in AMD as well.
Also, I have Inspiron 15r that has ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 1GB and works great with modern games (on lowest settings).
So, all I can say that it is pretty hard to keep up with latest video cards, but I am sure that if you buy a high end card, you won't have to worry for a long time.
myi4u from United Kingdom on August 09, 2011:
Great benchmark! I like the look of graphic cards and how much they have evolved from being a plain green card with chips to huge card with a cooling system of its own.
Sadly, I am still using the onboard graphic card. But that is sufficient enough for me as I don't play games. I just can't bear to spend a hundred pound on a card which I won't be using. In addition, these graphic cards number just keep rolling months after months and it's difficult to keep up with them.
By the way, do you happen to use Nvidia cards before? If so, which one do you think is better? I always prefer Nvidia cards though. However, base on the last two cards that I had, they are not that stable.
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on July 09, 2011:
i m not sure why would u want to do that TwoDee. Amd Radeon hd 6770 does not improve the performance so much that you would opt to upgrade it from an already great performer like HD 5770.
I did some more research on 5770 and 6770 before posting this comment and i m sure that moving from 5770 to 6770 would be just waste of money because if you really want to attain a significant performance (like for a 42-inch HD tv) then you may want to go for 6970.
You may want to check AnandTech, HotHardware and Tom's Hardware before purchasing AMD Radeon HD 6770.
TwoDee from UK on July 09, 2011:
Cant wait to upgrade to this from my HD 5770 1gb
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on July 07, 2011:
Thanks for reminding me, the captain, about the resolution settings and I am so glad that you did.
Here are the wonderful details (awesome should suffice):
I hooked up my beloved HD LED 32-inch Samsung tv Series 4 (not too large, but experience became exquisite) and played all the games (stated above) on 1920x1080 resolution because all games supported it and without a doubt this card supports too.
I only wish I had three of these tv so that I could tell you the awesomeness of Eyefinity.
In any case, unfortunately, cranking up the resolution to 1920x1080 made FPS for Crysis 2, Mass Effect 2 and Shift 2 unleashed a little lower than expected. Around 31 to 35, but as you know, 31-35 is fairly playable under any circumstances, like explosion, smoke, fires, etc.
I hope u enjoy playing on this card as I am. I hope to see ur next feedback pretty soon.
the captain on July 07, 2011:
Hi, you picked exactly the games I'm interested in, and exactly the video card I want to buy, but you forgot to mention the resolution! Are you playing these games in 1080p or lower? Would you please let me know?
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on June 15, 2011:
hi wieger, you can play on medium settings without any slowdown or frame rate problem. on hardcore settings you will feel a little disturbance when big explosions happen. if that doesn't bother you a lot then you can play on hardcore settings as well. that would happen because of processor majorly and not card. have fun playing crysis friend. :)
Wieger on June 15, 2011:
On what settings can you play crysis with this video card + Intel Core i5-2400 3.10GHz ?
Krishnakant Sonakiya (author) from Gwalior on June 09, 2011:
I don't use PCMark, FutureMark or 3DMark Mrpudgy. I think that playing games would be rather entertaining and gives much more data than running benchmarks on these softwares. In any case, if you are running in CrossFire then you might get 1.5 to 1.75 times better performance than a single amd 6770. However, you may not get double the performance of a single card.
Also, it has been tested on many games that sometimes, dual cards suppresses the performance and single card outperforms it. When any of this happens, you should select only one card (from control panel) and rest your second card for other games.
Cliff Beaver from Murfreesboro, TN USA on June 09, 2011:
Do you ever use PCMark, FutureMark or 3DMark? I was thinking of getting one of these. I still might. I will run in CrossFire though. =D
shailudhakad from GWALIOR,M.P.,INDIA on June 08, 2011:
great hub dude.... I appreciate your efforts.