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AMD Radeon HD 7700 series fi

AMD Radeon 7700 series GPU

AMD are on a fast-paced launch schedule at the moment with a number of GPUs being launched, this week I’d like to have a quick look at the Radeon 7000 series, carrying with it the 28nm Graphics Core Next architecture first introduced in Tahiti.  If you’re not already familiar with Tahiti, it might be because there was somewhat of a soft launch towards the end of last year.

That was then, this is now, and now the focus is on Cape Verde, the 7700 series.  This series comprises of two cards, the Radeon HD 7750 and the Radeon HD 7770 GHz edition.  The tricky thing for AMD is that this series will be viewed as the successor to the popular 5700 series which never got a full update since the release back in October of 2009.  Expectations are high for this series, which is why the GCN architecture and 28nm process has been brought into play.

AMD have worked hard to reduce power consumption and as such the Radeon HD 7750 and Radeon HD 7770 are in the top bracket when comparing graphics cards by this specification. In terms of performance, the 7770 supports DX11.1, PowerTune, Fast HDMI and other features that set this graphics card up to be relevant for the foreseeable future.

The 7700 series has been priced towards the more affordable end of the market, but this has also put it in a very competitive area, not least of which is AMD’s own 6850. This level of competition is of course great and gives choice for a wide range of requirements. There will be fans of this and undoubtedly some detractors, but if you are in the market for a n new graphics card, the 7700 series really deserves due consideration.

In the next post we’ll take a look at the newly launched HD7800s.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti

The latest offering from NVIDIA will soon be with us and it’s just in time for the release of an eagerly anticipated title, Crysis 2.

The key stat with this will be the price point, this new range will be available from £119.98 going up to £139.99 for the 975 MHz, 1GB version. The aim of this would seem to be to pitch the new hardware at those that aren’t necessarily playing the most graphically demanding game, on the highest resolution screen available on the market, with all the settings optimised. We’d all like to, but in reality few of us manage this, so it’s good to see a range of NVIDIA cards that cater for the rest of us. Many of us fall into this camp, in that we want to be able to enjoy our games on our PCs at a decent frame rate, without spending our life savings on a top of the range PC. NVIDIA’s new line has been made with this in mind.

The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti is intended to alleviate the financial issue sometimes associated with the most graphically dependant titles, and prepare PC gamers and our gaming rigs for the next installment of top tier games without being too aggressive towards our wallets.

Here’s some more info on the new NVIDIA range: http://bit.ly/egKKQ9

Let me know what you think and whether you feel there’s a better alternative out there.