We tested seven graphics cards based on the Cape Verde GPU, two HD 7750 and five HD 7770 models. We then compared and ranked them using a variety of benchmarks. Here are the best seven AMD Cape Verde graphics cards.

Earlier this year, AMD in short succession introduced three new GPUs in the Radeon HD 7000 series. In the meantime, AMD's partners have released a number of interesting and new graphics cards based on the new 3D chips, so it's only fitting that we have a look at which one of these new cards is the one to get. Over the course of the new two weeks we will publish three round-ups on Hardware.Info. We will finish the round-up series by having a look at the Radeon HD 7950/7970. See also: Group test: what's the best graphics card?

Next week we will analyse the Radeon HD 7850/7870, but this week will start with scrutinising graphics card based on the Radeon HD 7750 and Radeon HD 7770, codenamed Cape Verde.

Cape Verde is the least complex out of the three GPUs in the Southern Islands family. The chip consists of about 1.5 billion transistors and works with 640 shader units (mini-cores), divided over 10 compute units. Cape Verde has a 128-bit memory bus. AMD has released two cards based on the Cape Verde chip. The most high-end one of the two is the Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition, the even more affordable model is the Radeon HD 7750.

Hardware.Info collected and tested seven graphics cards based on the Cape Verde GPU, two HD 7750 and five HD 7770 models. We compared these on features and by putting them through their paces in our standard graphics card testing circuit, consisting of a variety of benchmarks. Finally we measured noise and heat production of all cards. In short, everything you will want to know if you are in the market for an affordable graphics upgrade over either an older model GPU or when you have decided integrated graphics just don’t cut it anymore, but you are unwilling to spend an arm and a leg.

See the AMD Radeon HD 7750& HD 7770 comparison test on Hardware.info

AMD Cape Verde tests