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MSI HD R7770 Power Edition Review

RHKCommander959    -   June 10, 2012
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Testing:

Testing of the MSI R7770 Power Editon will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing, with the exception of the 3DMark 11 testing, where PhysX will be disabled in the NVIDIA Control Panel, if applicable. I will first test the cards at stock speeds, and then overclocked to see the effects of an increase in clock speed. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. The latest press release driver will be used in testing of the GTX 690 and GTX 680. Other NVIDIA comparison cards will be using the 296.10 drivers; AMD will be using Catalyst 12.4 drivers.

  • Processor: Core i7 2600K @ 4.4 GHz 100 x 44
  • CPU Cooling: Corsair H100
  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z68AP-D3
  • Memory: Mushkin 991996 Redline PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 16 GB
  • Video Card: MSI HD R7770 Power Edition OC
  • PSU: Mushkin 800 Modular
  • Hard Drives: Patriot WildFire 120 GB SSD
  • Case: Corsair 650D
  • Optical Drive: LG DVD-RW
  • OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit SP1

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

  • MSI HD R7770 Power Edition OC — Core 1183MHz, Memory 1450MHz

Overclocking was a very simple process. AMD Overdrive was too limited on speed options so I quickly switched over to MSI Afterburner. Unfortunately the Triple-Overvoltage features would not enable for me. With default voltages the card was fully stable at 1183MHz core and 1450MHz memory with 20% increased Power Limit. Any more than that on the core would be unstable in different benchmarks while memory could go further. These speeds are amazing considering the full potential of the card hasn't been utilized yet. Temperatures were great too and the core could possibly run a little cooler by replacing the thermal paste.

 

 

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consists of looping Unigine 3.0 for 30 minutes each to see where the clock speeds fail when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment fails, then the clock speeds are adjusted and the test is rerun until each card passes the testing.

 

 

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Metro 2033
  2. Batman: Arkham City
  3. Battlefield 3
  4. Sid Meier's Civilization V
  5. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 3.0
  6. DiRT 3
  7. Mafia II
  8. 3DMark 11
  • Usage:
  1. Temperature
  2. Power Consumption



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Metro 2033
  6. Testing: Batman: Arkham City
  7. Testing: Battlefield 3
  8. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 3.0
  9. Testing: Sid Meier's Civilization V
  10. Testing: DiRT 3
  11. Testing: Mafia II
  12. Testing: 3DMark 11
  13. Testing: Temperatures
  14. Testing: Power Consumption
  15. Conclusion
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