AMD Radeon HD 7790 Review


25 Mar 2013, 03:46
AMD Radeon HD 7790 Review

Radeon HD 7790 in Detail


Radeon HD 7790 has a typical lenght for a modern mid-range graphics card (19 cm long). Its brand new core runs at 1 GHz, which is the highest result among the 7770, 7870 and 7970 Edition cards. 

Gigabyte has overclocked their 7790 card from 1000MHz to a core speed of 1075MHz, so comparing to HD 7850 this graphics card is clocked 16% higher and its GDDR5 memory is also faster at 1500MHz (6.0 GHz DDR). It comes with 1GB frame buffer just like the previous-gen mid-range cards and 2GB version doesn't make any sense because this card isn't designed for extreme resolutions.

The HD 7790 GPU carries 896 SPUs, 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs and cooled using a massive 95mm fan. Despite this HD 7790 operates at near silence because even under load it draws only 85 watts. To provide enough power to the card AMD has included a single 6-pin PCI Express power connector. There are a pair of connectors for bringing two cards together for Crossfire mode.


Final Thoughts


Lets talk about performance first. The final verdict is that Radeon HD 7790 has everything you can expect from the current generation of graphics card. But you shouldn't expect to be blown away with the 7790. The GPU does what you expect it to do.

So the main question is whether or not you should buy this card? AMD is trying to promote the deal which starts on April 2nd. AMD is launching offering a free copy of BioShock Infinite as a part of their Never Settle Reloaded game bundle program. So if you are ready to buy a new mid-range graphics card and you are interested in Bioshock Infinite, then this offer will be irresistible.

Pros: 

- Affordable option plays most current PC games well.

- Good value and performance.

- Bioshock Infinite bundle.

Cons: 

- Some newer games won't run perfect at max settings.

- Doesn't do much to differentiate from the Nvidia competition.

- A little more money gets you a little more performance.

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