Sapphire HD 7770 1GB Gigahertz Edition Review

I’ve finally settled with Sapphire HD 7770 after weeks of waiting for cheap HD 7870 that is always Out-Of-Stock. My previous GPU is the lowly Galaxy 8400gs, the fan broke, lazy to fix, then stuffed back to the cabinet. Since then I’ve been browsing internet without dedicated graphics. Sapphire HD 7770 is my first owned Budget Gaming Card that costs $100+.

Sapphire 7770 Gigahertz Edition - Package Contents

Package Contents

  • HD 7770 GPU
  • Installation cd and manual
  • vga to dvi adapter
  • 4pin to 6pin cable

Easy Installation. The card requires 1x6pin connector.

  1. Turn-off PC
  2. Snap the card onto the pcie slot
  3. Connect the 6-pin power connector. 
  4. Turn-on PC
  5. Download & Install latest AMD Radeon Driver from amd website
  6. Open games to test the prowesss of the new GPU ūüėÄ

Test System (Old 2009 Build)

  • CPU = AMD Athlon 64 x2 4800+ 2.5Ghz
  • RAM = 3GB DDR2 (1x1gb and 1x2gb)
  • PSU = Antec VP450 450w
  • OS = Windows 7 (32-bit)
  • Monitor = Samsung 2043swx (VGA mode, can’t run DVI in this monitor)
  • Default screen size = 1600×900

Games Tested (using Test System with 2xAntiAlias)

  • Anno 2070 = tiny bit of lag in highest settings
  • The Last Remnant =tiny bit of lag in crowded screen in highest settings
  • XCOM : Enemy Unknown = smooth in highest settings
  • Jagged Alliance – Back in Action = smooth in highest settings
  • Need For Speed – Most Wanted (2012) – Kinda laggy in Medium Settings
  • Sniper Elite V2 = Highest setting, tiny bit of lag.
  • Assassin’s Creed 3 = Medium Setting, kinda laggy.
  • MMO Aion Online – Highest Setting. Lag in crowded areas

Your PC is old and slooow!¬†Sad but it is. Which means If your system is newer and faster, there’s the chance that the game might run faster in yours.

Aside from 3D graphics, I’ve noticed immediately the¬†enhance quality upgrade on the graphic images (IE my desktop wallpaper). It has now more depth and¬†brighter. I found myself staring and¬†enjoying a more realistic view¬†of the landscape nature on my desktop. For graphical quality upgrade, I’m very willing to pay more for higher-end card.