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Sapphire ships new-and-improved Radeon HD 4770

by Parm Mann on 20 August 2009, 10:05

Tags: Sapphire Radeon HD 4770 512MB, Sapphire

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When AMD launched the ATI Radeon HD 4770 back in April, we called it arguably the best graphics card for under £100. Trouble is, AMD was hit with supply problems and two months later, you couldn't find a Radeon HD 4770 for love nor money.

Fast forward another two months, and 4770 cards are once again readily available with most of the usual suspects showing stock. Wanting to breathe new life into the product, Sapphire's launching a new-and-improved model dubbed the Sapphire HD 4770. Sounds the same, but it isn't.

The card, pictured above, features the same 40nm GPU clocked at 750MHz and 512MB of GDDR5 memory clocked at an effective 3,200MHz, but what's new is Sapphire's choice of cooling solution. Out goes AMD's reference design, and in comes a custom Arctic Cooling solution that's exclusive to Sapphire.

Also new to Sapphire's original design is a greater choice of connectivity options. The new-look card sports VGA, HDMI and DVI outputs - as opposed to the dual DVI ports on Sapphire's previous card. Put it all together and you have what Sapphire calls "a powerful midrange graphics card for enthusiasts on a budget, now with better connectivity and a custom cooler."

There's no word on pricing or availability yet, but we reckon this one may appear priced at around the £90 mark.



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I appreciate that this card will likely take up two slots but why put the dual blanking plate on? The card exhausts sidewards not backwards, or is it better to minimise the loss of air pressure with the faux plate?
I want cards that exhaust the hot air (like the old Arctic Coolers did)...

I want a model which DOESNT need the PCI-E 6 pin extra power plug...

A detuned 4670 (not a 4650) or a new HD4750 model?
Methanoid
I want cards that exhaust the hot air (like the old Arctic Coolers did)...

I want a model which DOESNT need the PCI-E 6 pin extra power plug...

A detuned 4670 (not a 4650) or a new HD4750 model?


4670 dont have the 6pin usually anyway?
The 4750 is china/asia only at the moment, hopefully someone will release it here
Methanoid
I want cards that exhaust the hot air (like the old Arctic Coolers did)...

I want a model which DOESNT need the PCI-E 6 pin extra power plug...

A detuned 4670 (not a 4650) or a new HD4750 model?


4670 doesn't need a PCI-E 6-pin; I have two in a crunching machine right here.

Though back to the article - 4770 for £90? You can pick up a 4850 for under that.
4770 and 4850 are similar performance (except that 4770 is more efficient)

Question is, 4870s are about £100 now. Now THATS tempting.:cool: