When the ATI Radeon HD 4770 graphics card was launched it featured a good price versus performance value for a card that cost $109. Now that the price has dropped down to $94.99 after rebate you can purchase two Radeon HD 4770 to be used in CrossFire for $190, which is a phenomenal price for a great setup. At just $190 after rebates the Radeon HD 4770 CrossFire setup will easily out perform ATI’s Radeon HD 4890 OC, which retails for $219.99 after rebate. This puts a dent in the Radeon HD 4890 OC as the Radeon HD 4770 CrossFire setup was 11% faster in Crysis Warhead and costs 13% less. To play devil’s advocate a single Radeon HD 4890 OC did lead in a couple benchmarks and if you own a motherboard that lacks CrossFire compatibility you’d need a card like that. A Radeon HD 4890 OC is also nice if want an upgrade path down the road as you can always add another card for more performance. That being said for thoe wanting the most performance for under $200 the Radeon HD 4770 is clearly the right choice.
The Radeon HD 4770 512MB graphics card performs like what many would expect out of a card in the $100 price range, but adding in a second card for CrossFire creates a stellar gaming experience. The 40nm RV740 GPU is a welcomed addition to the ATI lineup and consumers on a budget should be happy with the results being seen with the Radeon HD 4770. As time goes on the price will likely come down even more and you the consumer will end up getting some serious bang for your buck. The only negative we had about running CrossFire on this setup was the lack of real scaling in Call of Duty: World at War. It just goes to show that CrossFire doesn’t scale well in every title, but like AMD told us it also depends on the map being benchmarked in the game. No one has time to benchmark every map in a game to see how it performs though.
Legit Bottom Line: Running a pair of Radeon HD 4770 512MB video cards in CrossFire is awesome and the performance boost is enough to compete with cards that cost over $250!