At first glance it’s easy to spot the similarities between the XFX R7770 and their R7970. The dual fans, aluminum design, and red labeling strip across the top are all found on its big brother. What you might not be able to see in the photo but is obvious in person are how different these cards really are. Obviously the size difference is there but just comparing coolers alone you will see the price difference just in how they are built. The R7970 was machined down leaving the XFX logo raised and exposed against the black rubberish finish. On the R7770 there is just a black strip painted on with the XFX logo just being a void in the paint. That’s not to say that this isn’t a capable cooler. This is more an observation in the difference in attention to detail given to the cards coolers, something that you should expect when paying almost $600 for your card.
You still get the XFX R7770 logo right on the edge of the card, you will be able to see this one after the card is installed through a side panel window.
For cooling the “Double D” in the card mean stands for double dissipation meaning you get two fans to help push the air over the cards cooler.
The cooler design is an open air design unlike the R7970’s cooler. That means that the top, bottom, and back are all open in design letting the hot air go into your case after cooling your card down.
I love the flat black PCB design that XFX used on this card. Also noticeable in this photo is that the cooler will be easy to remove if you ever need to. You only have four screws to remove. Of course two of those screws have warranty void if removed on them. Don’t attempt to take them out if you are worried about your warranty.
For the PCI slot we have exact same design we saw on the R7970 and R7950. Half of the vents are shaped into the XFX logo giving it a different look from other cards and according to them, giving it even more air flow. For connections you have two mini display port connections, one HDMI, and a DVI. I love the use of red in the DVI port also, a nice touch.
As mentioned before, the HD 7770 is replacing the HD 6770 and the HD 5770. Here is one of our HD 5770’s next to the R7770 from XFX. Although the new card is slightly longer there are similarities that are still visible.