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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7770 MSI PMD1 Edition Radeon R7 250 v2 2GB
Fallout 4 222% 365%
Assassins Creed: Syndicate 122% 221%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 111% 205%
Star Wars: Battlefront 241% 392%
Just Cause 3 222% 365%
Rainbow Six: Siege 141% 248%
FIFA 16 19% 71%
Need For Speed 111% 205%
Rise of the Tomb Raider 11% 28%
ARK: Survival Evolved 81% 162%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7770 MSI PMD1 Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R7 250 v2 2GB.

The HD 7770 and the R7 250 have the same core clock speed of 1000 MHz, but the HD 7770 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 250. As a result, the HD 7770 exhibits a 16 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R7 250. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 7770 and the R7 250 have the same core clock speed of 1000 MHz, but the HD 7770 has 8 more Render Output Units than the R7 250. As a result, the HD 7770 exhibits a 8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R7 250. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R7 250 was released over a year more recently than the HD 7770, and so the R7 250 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 7770.

The R7 250 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 7770, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the HD 7770 has superior memory performance.

The HD 7770 has 43.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 250, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7770 is noticeably better than the R7 250.

The Radeon HD 7770 MSI PMD1 Edition has 640 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 250 v2 2GB has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7770 is 544 and the actual shader performance of the R7 250 is 343. The HD 7770 having 201 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7770 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R7 250.

The Radeon HD 7770 MSI PMD1 Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 250 v2 2GB requires 65 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7770 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the R7 250. The HD 7770 requires 85 Watts more than the R7 250 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7770 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 250.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1050 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Cape Verde XTGCN 1.1 Oland XT
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs -
Release Date01 Feb 2012vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth72GB/secvs28.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 25% green tick vs 10%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs384
Actual Shader Performance26%vs17%
Texture Mapping Units40vs24
Texture Rate40 GTexel/svs24 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs8
Pixel Rate16 GPixel/svs8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs65 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs400 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-3240 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7770 MSI PMD1 Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class Radeon HD 7770 that features a cooling system with Propeller Blade technology which offers 20% more airflow than traditional fan design, according to MSI and has no changes that affects its performance directly.
Therefore, its performance is on level with the reference card.
Note: This Graphics Card has 2 variants: one with DDR3 and another with GDDR5. This is the DDR3 Version.

Radeon R7 250 v2 2GB offers a GCN 1.1 Core codenamed Oland PRO and thus features 384 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 128-bit bus width of standard DDR3. While the central unit runs at 1000MHz and goes up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 900MHz.
With a rated board TDP of 65W, it requires no extra power connectors.

Its performance is up to 10% lower than the original Radeon R7 250 which is equipped with fast GDDR5. However, at lower resolutions, both cards offer similar performance. It's worth mentioning that even an integrated Radeon R7 7850K offers better performance.
Recommended CPUAMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 6400+
Intel Xeon Processor E5405
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 2.53GHz
AMD Phenom II X2 B60
AMD Phenom II X2 521
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 3.2GHz
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 3.2GHz
AMD FX-6100
Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz
AMD FX-4350
Possible GPU UpgradesRadeon R9 280X HIS iPower IceQ X Edition
Radeon R9 280X MSI Gaming 3GB Edition
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
GeForce GTX 770 Gainward 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 770
GPU Variants-Radeon R7 250 v2 Club3D 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 250 v2 XFX 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 250 v2 Sapphire 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 250 v2 HIS 2GB Edition
Radeon R7 250 v2 XFX Core 1GB Edition
Radeon R7 250 v2 MSI OC 2GB Edition