After reviewing AMD’s $550 Radeon HD 7970 in December, we were excited to lay hands on some more affordable Southern Islands cards. Unfortunately, our enthusiasm was short-lived when the wallet-friendly Radeon HD 7770 and HD 7750 arrived in February. The HD 7700 series cards didn’t really pushed the envelope in terms of value. Part of that stems from the fact that Nvidia hasn’t launched its GTX 600 series yet, allowing AMD to have its way with the market. But we’re hoping that changes when Nvidia’s Kepler products finally arrive.
The old HD 5750 and 5770 were popular Crossfire candidates and the same could be true of the HD 7700 series if it’s priced right. Anticipating that day, we’re testing the HD 7750 and HD 7770 in Crossfire across more than a dozen games to see how well they scale and compare against cards such as the HD 6870 and GTX 560 Ti.