AMD has released the ATI Radeon HD 4770 today, this is a new budget graphics card that will be available for around $110, and not the $99 price point the rumors were whispering earlier this month. According to previews, this 40nm GPU delivers roughly the same performance as a Radeon HD 4850. Lets check out some reviews to see if this is true.
First up is a review from AnandTech, you can check it out over here. They conclude the Radeon HD 4770 is always faster than the Radeon HD 4830 and that it sometimes gives the Radeon HD 4850 a run for its money.
As for the competition, the 4770 comes out on top in the games we tested. The more expensive GTS 250 leads in Call of Duty World at War, while the 4770 blows the doors off everything in Age of Conan. As for the other benchmarks, they come out pretty close with the 4770 generally ahead. But the clencher is FarCry 2 performance which shows the Radeon HD 4770 leading the GTS 250 fairly well in a heavy hitting graphics engine.
Our expectations for the hardware were a little higher while our idea of price was also a little lower, but from our perspective, the extra $10 isn't out of left field as this card generally leads a competitive part that costs even more and sometimes pushes up toward the Radeon HD 4850. At the same time, you can spend a little bit less and get some very good performance if you are into the value option.
Another review can be found over at HardOCP, they conclude the card provides good value:
The Radeon HD 4770 provides value because it performs as it does using less power and producing less heat with potentially cheaper prices. It is fact that AMD has introduced new technology in at this price segment, while the competition has simply re-branded old technology. AMD’s goals of making the Radeon HD 4000 series GPU scalable have definitely worked out well for them.