The recent economic downturn has affected all aspects of the computer industry including the CPU and video card industry. While in previous years the hardcore enthusiast have been willing to shell out a lot of bucks for the high-end video cards that market has dried up. NVIDIA's margins for their video cards have gone way down and they have lost money for the last two quarters. AMD is barely hanging in there financially, with losses every quarter. Today's video card buyer is looking for the best bang-for the buck in their pricing category.
ATI launched the Radeon HD 4770 last month to a lot of fanfare for a video card that performs near the level of its bigger brother the HD 4870 with a price point of around $99 online. This card seems to pave the way with high performance and great feature sets that can't be met by NVIDIA's solution. ATI has delivered in a big way, outstripping the intended competition and bringing the first 45 nanometer process video cards to the desktop market, just like they were the first to deliver the first 40 nanometer mobile parts. Today's review is on the MSI R4770 T2D512 video card, the latest card from MSI.