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AMD Radeon HD 6790 - Confusing and Unnecessary

AMD Radeon HD 6790 - Confusing and Unnecessary



Test Setup

Test Setup

The new card will be tested using our Intel X58 system which has the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 G.Skill memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

Since we don’t have a reference Radeon HD 6790 on hand, we will be downclocking the HIS 6790 IceQ X Turbo to simulate the scores of a reference Radeon HD 6790. Key comparisons here will obviously be between the Radeon HD 6790 and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, but we are also interested to see where the Radeon HD 6790 stands in AMD’s current lineup of cards and so we have also presented results of the Radeon HD 6850 along with the older Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5750. Lastly, we also want to find out how HIS’ custom Radeon HD 6790 performs.

  • AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 11.4)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.12)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 11.2)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 11.2)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (ForceWare 266.71)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 1GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 266.58)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 266.58)

The list of benchmarks used:

  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Warhammer: Dawn of War 2
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • “Heaven" from Unigine v2.1
  •  S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat