Sapphire HD 6770 FleX Edition Reviewccokeman -
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The HD 6770 is a card that now fleshes out AMD's 6000 series portfolio and gets rid of one of the last vestiges of the ATI brand. But in reality, the card is a renamed HD 5770 under the skin. Many times the renaming of a product gets a lot of negative attention because of the confusion it creates along with new price points that further complicate matters while the old products are still being sold. If there are improvements to the build process or capabilities, then really is this something bad? Depends on how you look at it! AMD has made improvements to the BIOS to enable HDMI 1.4a and UVD3 to set the HD 6770 apart from the HD 5770, so you are getting something slightly different even though the hardware is left untouched. So where does that leave us? With current pricing, there is no incentive to go for the HD 5770 over the HD 6770, if you look carefully — pricing is very close, with prices determined by brand, bundle, and cooling solutions employed.
One of Sapphire's entries into the 6700 arena is the HD 6770 FleX edition card that brings "Eyefinity" to the $130 price point. What you get is a card that is capable of driving up to four monitors in a Single Large Surface group to maximize productivity. The allure of the FleX Edition is the ability to handle up to three lower cost DVI monitors in a three monitor "Eyefinity" setup without the need for expensive adapters and added costs. Both are a plus for the person looking maximize efficiency.
The packaging for the HD 6770 FleX Edition is full of information, but is much smaller than that of the HD 5770. This smaller package size is a way to manage costs to keep the price down on a card that is in the $140 price range. The front panel has a representation of "Ruby" in mid-strike with the FleX information just to the right. What this states is that this card is capable of sending a display signal out to a total of four monitors in Eyefinity mode without the use of expensive active adapters. Three DVI monitors in Eyefinity mode is supported as well, again without adapters. Along the bottom of the front panel are features that the HD 6770 FleX counts among its attributes, including being CrossFireX-ready and having onboard DisplayPort and HDMI 1.4 connectivity. On the back panel the features are highlighted with a more detailed look at each of the listed features.
Inside is a standard cardboard container that holds the HD 6770 FleX Edition card. The documentation is front and center when the box is opened, with the card held in place by a foam block and the bubble wrap bag around the card. Underneath are the accessories included with the FleX Edition.
The accessory bundle that comes with the FleX Edition HD 6770 includes the installation manual, driver disk, and an invitation to join Sapphire's Select Club that gives members tangible benefits that include games and software applications, Automatic RMA registration, contests, and giveaways. The hardware part of the bundle includes a 4-pin to 6-pin PCIe power adapter, a DVI to VGA adapter, and an HDMI to SL-DVI dongle to add support for three lower cost DVI monitors.
Let's start our trip down memory lane with a look at the HD 6770 FleX.