Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X OC Edition ReviewBluePanda -
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Of course in the end it didn't compare all that well with the cards it was compared to. Take a moment and again remember what cards it was compared to: the new GTX 690 and 680, and the only things really close to compare are the 7970 and 7950 (both members of the top-end 7000 series). The numbers really are about what one should expect though. The card is about half of a 7950 when it comes down to it and does perform about that… half. It's a heck of a lot cheaper and runs cool as heck too. To be compared to these higher end cards on the market is a bit unfair but it is what it is. The fact that it does as well as it did against them shows it is worthy of your machine after all.
If you are looking for something to run most games at moderate to high graphics levels, this is the card for you. It saves you coin upfront as the cost of the card is pretty low. You'll feed off savings in the long run as the card is rather efficient even under full load, something you don't really realize is important until you are the one paying that bill (either way, a definite win). With the Vapor-X cooling finally being released to the 7000 series, we will hopefully see it move upwards to the 7900 series as well in the future; Vapor-X is definitely something Sapphire has that it should never let go of.
In the end, I'm impressed with the card for what it is. It's a perfect card for a mid-range/mid-budget gaming build. The price point really sells it; the graphics are there to play what you want; just not at the highest "Ultra" settings. The factory overclocks don't leave a ton of room to play the overclocking game, but you are guaranteed 1100/1300 delivered to your door. Whatever you get after that is just an added bonus and you won't hear it when you crank the clocks either thanks to the Vapor-X cooler. It also being a member of the 7000 series and with not much competition in the same price range from NVIDIA makes this card a winner for any builder or gamer on a tight budget. This card sells itself.
- Vapor-X returns to the 7000 series
- High factory OC 1100/1300
- Cool and quiet even when overclocked
- Low in performance compared to "newer" cards
- Little more coin for guaranteed performance