The Radeon HD 6770 is really the Radeon HD 5770 that was launched in October 2009. As such it is a little disappointing to observe the product silently being re-launched as if it where something new.
It's the same performance, it's the same features. That said, the board partners are trying to be a little creative with it. ASUS is a good example that, they overhauled the card into a better looking design and try to address a market that likes silent.
Quite honestly this would be a perfect HTPC card really, however due to it's size ... many might choose a different route. Also many HTPC chassis need a half-profile height of the card, so that simply would not work. That leaves the gamers on a budget who HATE noise levels, that's where the card really delivers. Admittedly the Silent version is a good 25 EUR more expensive opposed to the regular model which can be found for 98 EUR. So whether or not that cooler is worth the money ... well some think it does, some don't I guess.
So the biggest plus is that the card remains a silent card even during hefty gaming. Admittedly, we are now in Q4 2011 and for the latest games one R6770 is barely enough, especially for the modern DX11 titles, at least when we talk about 1920x1080 screens.
Overall the R6770 remains a decent entry-level graphics in the sub-125 EUR market. Really, I was not, and still not happy about the GPU respin from AMD as literally it is just the name that got changed from 5770 to 6770. But with its slightly lowered price versus the product we have in hands today, we can't complain either.
ASUS did a nice job with the overall design and cooling solution, obviously we'd love to have seen a factory overclock to spice things up, but with passive cooling that's just a no-go really -- hence we didn't even try to overclock ourselves. The card just does not fall into that category.
Other than that we have very little to complain. If a 100~125 EUR is all you can spend on a decent entry-level graphics card, this might be your thing and as such we can still recommend it but the Juniper core is steadily getting too slow for the latest DX11 titles so you'll need to game at 1600x1200 and below. Other than that, we can recommended the card alright.
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