Radeon HD 7790 Goes Head to Head with the GTX 650 Ti, Performs Well
March 22, 2013 12:00 PM
comment(s) - last by
New card helps AMD survive a stall in product releases
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (
) has seen its PC component GPU sales stall somewhat amid a
). To make matters worse, the 8000M series, which AMD said back in 2012 would drop this year has been shelved -- possibly till 2014.
I. An In-Between Release
Today brought a new desktop GPU product announcement from AMD -- the Radeon HD 7790, the first
chip GPU, a member of the new
family. The new 7000 series launch is mostly about filling in the gaps in AMD's aging product lineup. Namely, the GPU falls roughly between the
Radeon HD 7850
Radeon HD 7770
in performance -- a gap where NVIDIA's
GK106-powered GeForce GTX 650 Ti
Manufactured on the same Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Comp., Ltd. (
28 nm process
, the device packs the same 1 GHz core clock, but 40 percent more shader cores than the Radeon HD 7770, thanks to its 500M extra transistors.
The number of texture units has also been bumped.
One piece of good news for AMD is that support from third party OEMs appears to be pretty strong. In total 7 companies have commited to board designs. Among them are familiar faces like Sapphire and fresher partners like ASUSTek Computer Inc. (
die is similar to some of the
Most board OEMs will be offering a factory overclocked part; the cost of this custom cooler and warrantied overclock will typically be about $10 USD over the base price. Buyers of all HD 7790 models will also be treated to a voucher for a free copy of Bioshock Infinite, a nice perk.
II. Good Bang for the Buck, but Only 1 GB GDDR5
On the firmware side AMD has tweaked PowerTune -- its voltage regulation technology -- which has a fair impact on performance by allowing the GPU to boost into a higher state more often. AMD has also opened up more of PowerTune's inner workings to board OEMs, allowing them more flexibility to tweak their designs.
On the compute side,
improves the efficiency of the parallel work queue, and makes other tweaks. Overall the architecture is almost identical to
, but compute -- one area where AMD has traditionally lagged -- is the one area where the company has put in the most work. Hence the architecture is being dubbed Graphics Core Next 1.1 by some, as it's more of a minor update to the original architecture than a redesign.
The new GPU is priced at $15 USD above the GTX 650 Ti, so it better beat it in performance. And it does.
, both the standard and overclocked HD 7790 parts beat out the Geforce GTX 650 Ti by a healthy margin -- around 12 percent. The GTX 650 Ti are cheaper, but at its price point the HD 7790 appears to be the best value, making this a good launch for AMD.
For those curious about what the $10 overclock/heatsink will buy you, in
's testing, the overclocked models had about a 6-7 percent clockspeed increase and a 6 percent performance increase.
Ultimately, though, some reviewers like
are suggesting that the 1 GB GDDR5 will stifle the card's long term potential (and the Geforce GTX 650 Ti's as well), suggesting that the 2 GB Radeon HD 7850 is the most compelling buy of the pack, if you can afford it.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Thanks for the Memory
3/24/2013 9:07:09 PM
I doubt 7790 can be seen as a "long term" investment. In my opinion 1GB is suitable for up to full HD resolutions and single monitors setup. 2GB+ of video memory is recommended for heavy textures and really high resolutions or multi monitor. I think this model is released just to improve the market sales on the low/mid budget segment and will probably be obsolete by next year, more or less.
As for AMD drivers, they improved a lot in the past 2 years, having the same issues (now and then) as the nvidia part.
RE: Thanks for the Memory
3/25/2013 12:55:03 PM
If they are pulling back the 7850 because the 7790 is almost as fast and a lot cheaper to produce, and they are cancelling the 2GB 7850 because of memory shortages then it is almost certain 2GB 7790s will show up within a month or two once the memory shortage problem is resolved.
"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad
TSMC Predicts Slump, Stakes 2013 Rebound Hopes on 28 nm Mobile Chips
October 25, 2012, 1:33 PM
NVIDIA Unwraps GeForce 650 Ti, Shows Good Things do Come in Small Packages
October 9, 2012, 4:27 PM
Kepler Hits the Mainstream: NVIDIA Launches GTX 650 and 660 GPUs
September 13, 2012, 1:17 PM
AMD Completes Its GCN Lineup With Impressive Mid-Range 7850/7870 Cards
March 5, 2012, 3:10 PM
AMD's 7700 Series Hopes to Conquer Budget End, Suffers From Poor Pricing
February 14, 2012, 9:32 PM
SanDisk Unveils Pricey iXpand USB 2.0/Lightning Drive to Expand iPhone, iPad Storage
November 13, 2014, 2:29 PM
HP's 15.6" Omen Gaming Laptop is Incredibly Thin, Powerful
November 4, 2014, 10:34 AM
Tim Cook Touts Apple’s Product Portfolio, Performance in Letter to Employees
October 21, 2014, 8:05 AM
Lenovo Once Again The Top Global PC Maker, Apple Takes 50% of PC Profits
October 9, 2014, 7:46 AM
It’s Official: HP to Split Into Two Business Units
October 6, 2014, 8:14 AM
Quick Note: HP Plans to Split PC, Enterprise Units
October 5, 2014, 4:31 PM
Most Popular Articles
Wal-Mart: Miss Thanksgiving, Get Xbox One + Master Chief Collection for $299
November 17, 2014, 9:40 PM
Nokia Lumia 635 LTE Windows Phone is Only $40 at Best Buy on Black Friday
November 18, 2014, 11:59 AM
Sweden Mulls Labelling "Sexist" Video Games in the Wake of Gamergate
November 17, 2014, 2:00 PM
It's Official: Twitter is Profitable "Junk"
November 16, 2014, 10:45 PM
Austrian Pilots Call Surface 3 Pro Flight Bag a "Dream Come True"
November 14, 2014, 2:00 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information