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AMD Radeon HD 6790 Video Card Review
Author: Gabriel Torres
Type: Reviews Last Updated: April 4, 2011
Page: 1 of 12
Introduction

The new Radeon HD 6790 comes with a USD 150 suggested price, positioning it between the Radeon HD 5770 and the Radeon HD 6850, and competing directly with the GeForce GTX 550 Ti from NVIDIA. Let’s see if this video card is a good buy.

We are reviewing the reference model of the Radeon HD 6790 provided by AMD. While the performance of Radeon HD 6790 provided by other companies may be the same, the design of the video card may be different, depending upon whether the manufacturer decided to create its own design or follow AMD’s ready-made design. Also, it is very important to understand that manufacturers will probably offer Radeon HD 6790 video cards running at higher clock rates than the reference model.

In the table below we compare the main specs of the video cards included in our review. They are all DirectX 11 parts. The prices listed below do not include rebates. Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review, except for the Radeon HD 6790, that we are publishing at the suggested price according to AMD.

Video Card

Core Clock

Shader Clock

Memory Clock (Real)

Memory Clock (Effective)

Memory Interface

Memory Transfer Rate

Memory

Shaders

Price

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

900 MHz

1,800 MHz

1,025 MHz

4.1 GHz

192-bit

98.4 GB/s

1 GB GDDR5

192

USD 125 – USD 152

Radeon HD 5770

850 MHz

850 MHz

1.2 GHz

4.8 GHz

128-bit

76.8 GB/s

1 GB GDDR5

800

USD 120 - 140

Radeon HD 6790

840 MHz

840 MHz

1 GHz

4 GHz

256-bit

128 GB/s

1 GB GDDR5

800

USD 150

Radeon HD 6850

775 MHz

775 MHz

1 GHz

4 GHz

256-bit

128 GB/s

1 GB GDDR5

960

USD 165 - 185

You can compare the specs of these video cards with other video cards by taking a look at our AMD ATI Chips Comparison Table and NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table tutorials.

Now let’s take an in-depth look at the reference model of the Radeon HD 6790.

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