Gigabyte HD 5770 Super Overclock Review

Author: Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig
Date: August 17, 2010
Product Name: Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 Super Overclock
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Since their release, Gigabyte’s Super Overclock series has been making waves in the graphics card industry due to their sky-high clock speeds and excellent component selection which allows for some outrageous overclocking. So far, we have reviewed every card in this series from the GTX 275 SoC to the HD 5870 SoC and have yet to be disappointed. It should go without saying that we are used to these being high end cards that appeal to enthusiasts. However, Gigabyte is now moving their prestigious mark over into a market that is infinitely more affordable than their earlier Super Overclock branded products.

Instead of giving the $300 HD 5850 a cutting-edge makeover, Gigabyte has chosen to massage a bit more performance out of the $170 HD 5770 instead. The result is actually a bit mixed since with this particular SoC series card, we won’t be seeing any huge overclocks on the core or the memory. Rather, it looks like Gigabyte was actually a bit more restrained in their performance increases but they have still brought higher end components and a custom heatsink into the equation. This may sound like a bit of a head-scratcher but how are we to question any company that wants to bring more competition to a lower price point?

With competitors like the MSI HD 5770 Hawk and ASUS’ CuCore, Gigabyte is in tough but we have seen time and again that the Super Overclock series usually has something interesting in store for us. In this particular case, Gigabyte’s pricing is what stands out since the HD 5770 we are featuring in this review retails for a mere $20 more than many reference versions.

Gigabyte has always impressed us with their SoC cards and while the HD 5770 version may be the lowest-priced “enthusiast” oriented card of the series, it is still poised to make a splash onto the market.


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