HIS HD7770 iCooler 1GB (H777F1G2M)

Apr 18th, 2012 | By Jared

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First out of the gate is the suite of 3DMark benchmarks, while they are synthetic benchmarks they are widely considered the standard for comparing video card and system performance. Synthetic benchmarks don’t necessarily translate to real world performance, but give us a good comparison between cards with a standard scoring system. First I ran 3DMark Vantage on stock settings and then moved on to 3DMark 11. I ran Vantage on the following presets at default settings; Entry, Performance and High. 3DMark 11 was run with the presets: Entry, Performance and Extreme.

HIS 7770 iCooler

Results here look pretty good and come in about where I would expect it to. There are greater gains here from the overclocking than we saw with the 7750 iCooler.

Next on the block is Unigine’s Heaven benchmark. Here is a blurb from Unigine’s website: Heaven Benchmark is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on advanced UNIGINE™ engine. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. Interactive mode provides emerging experience of exploring the intricate world of steampunk.

It is the first DirectX 11 benchmark in the world, the original version was released at the moment of Microsoft Windows 7 launch in October, 2009. I ran the Heaven benchmark with default settings except for 2x AA.

HIS 7770 iCooler

The interesting result here is how close the overclocked HD7770 comes to the HD6850 and GTX560, just missing their marks by roughly 2-3 FPS.

The final benchmark for this chapter is with Lightsmark 2008, a realtime global illumination and penumbra shadows enabled benchmark. Natural lighting makes artificial graphics life-like. Computers get faster, but rendering more polygons doesn’t add value if lighting looks faked, so insiders know that the next big thing is proper lighting aka Realtime Global Illumination. Typical workloads in realtime rendering will shift. Lightsmark simulates it. Global Illumination renders often take hours. Is your computer fast enough for realtime?

HIS 7770 iCooler

Lightsmark shows a greater distance between the 7770 and the other cards.

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