Pricing and Test Setup

Our performance testing today on the HD 7790 will be fairly quick and focus on the 1920×1080 testing that I think this class of card will be targeted at.  That means the 1GB frame buffer of the HD 7790 and the GTX 650 Ti won't be quite as damning as it would be at 2560×1440.

I know many readers will point out that there are countless other cards in this price range to compare to the HD 7790, but I am focusing on these three with the promise of a new fourth option in the not too distant future.  Check back next week to see what we have in our hands!

Testing Configuration

The specifications for our testing system haven't changed much.

Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i7-3960X Sandy Bridge-E
Motherboard ASUS P9X79 Deluxe
Memory Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 16GB
Hard Drive OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD
Sound Card On-board
Graphics Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 OC 1GB
AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB
Graphics Drivers AMD: 13.2 beta 7
NVIDIA: 313.07 beta
Power Supply Corsair AX1200i
Operating System Windows 8 Pro x64

What you should be watching for

  1. HD 7790 vs HD 7850 – How close does the newer, smaller brother graphics card based on the Bonaire GPU compare to the larger, more expensive Pitcairn?
  2. HD 7790 vs GTX 650 Ti – Even though the HD 7790 is more expensive than the GTX 650 Ti by a fair amount, the GTX 660 (base model) is closer to $230, well out of range of what we are looking at today.

On to the benchmarks!

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