AMD HD6790 Review

Conclusion

AMD HD6790 Overclock 3D Mark Review

Conclusion

We've always been a big fan of the lesser cards here at OC3D. They are cheap to buy and usually can be overclocked to give performance that you'd expect from a much more expensive card.The HD6870 in particular is one we love as it's great in a single-card form but runs with the best when in Crossfire.

So we had reasonably high hopes that the HD6790 would be right at the perfect place for a good value card that would overclock well and give lovely performance for those of us on a tight budget.

As it is the HD6790 is quite the opposite. Although in one or two tests it gives us fairly reasonable results, the reality is that it's just been trimmed and tweaked too much on the architectural side to allow some overclocking to bring it up to speed.

In fact the performance is such that it's really only a worthy purchase if you don't plan on doing much at all with it and only want something that is capable of giving you a desktop and playing the odd video. There however it comes undone again because there are a wealth of cards that are perfectly adequate for those tasks.

We're pretty sure you'd want to do some gaming on your latest purchase, and if you are on a budget you also want it to last a fair while as there will be a natural gap between upgrades. We can see absolutely no reason why you'd not save the extra 20-odd quid for a HD6850 which is a much higher performing card in a wealth of scenarios, and yet still wont break the bank.

All in all the HD6790 is a drop too far. It's not good enough or cheap enough to take sales away from any of the cards already stuffed into this sector of the market, not least AMDs own HD6850. With a price around £80 it would be a worthy investment, but as it stands it's a bit too pricey and a bit too slow.

Thanks to AMD for supplying the HD6790 for review. Discuss in our forums.

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05-04-2011, 05:19:42

tinytomlogan
Today we take a look at the latest budget card from AMD. Is it the perfect balance of price and performance or a cut too far?



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05-04-2011, 05:20:46

dugdiamond
cool

05-04-2011, 06:14:58

jonowee
Ahh... AMD's GTX 550 Ti. The meh cards that you're better off not cheaping out for.

05-04-2011, 06:18:45

dugdiamond
Hmmm - not bad at all

05-04-2011, 06:28:09

SieB
It's better than I expected it to be but IMHO it's pretty pointless when for a bit more you can get a 6850 and when non reference versions come out which will cost a bit more it will be even more pointless.

I don't understand why Nvidia and AMD released the 550 and 6790 surely the time and effort would have been better spent making improved versions of the 6850 and 460.

05-04-2011, 06:31:30

marsey99
Why do ati feel the need to flood the low/mid range with cards?

Architectualy speaking isn't this another 5 series card?

05-04-2011, 06:33:25

marsey99
Nice 1 for the review btw

05-04-2011, 06:41:24

SieB
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Originally Posted by marsey99 View Post

Architectualy speaking isn't this another 5 series card?
It's pretty much a overclocked 5770 with a different architecture, lower power consumption, less heat and noise.

05-04-2011, 09:40:46

chaotic_russ
no video review of this ? mind you , you are busy playing at a show TTL

05-04-2011, 09:46:33

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by chaotic_russ View Post

no video review of this ? mind you , you are busy playing at a show TTL
No time to video, Im building rigs for the show and making videos of them. They are far more interesting......

05-04-2011, 11:29:55

wotevajjjj
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

No time to video, Im building rigs for the show and making videos of them. They are far more interesting......
they sure are ? cup of 1080p tea time today ?

05-04-2011, 14:51:27

Chaney
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Originally Posted by wotevajjjj View Post

they sure are ? cup of 1080p tea time today ?
x2, but im american.. Bleh tea... Redbull does a body good though

05-04-2011, 15:02:38

Luger718
a better 5770, why not? its better then the 550ti that means price drops for the 550 ti

but aa 460 or 6850 is too close to its price :/

05-04-2011, 15:20:53

wotevajjjj
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chaney View Post

x2, but im american.. Bleh tea... Redbull does a body good though
don't like real tea eighter, i drink ice-tea lol

05-04-2011, 17:02:03

Fodr Kreatr
Seems like something better suited as a mobile soloution

05-04-2011, 21:07:08

Luger718
we're american we dont drink tea we drink ARIZONA (lol)

05-04-2011, 23:18:17

zeppas
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Originally Posted by SieB View Post

It's pretty much a overclocked 5770 with a different architecture, lower power consumption, less heat and noise.
Doesn't that make it exactly not a 5770, lol.

06-04-2011, 05:26:49

SieB
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Originally Posted by zeppas View Post

Doesn't that make it exactly not a 5770, lol.
Technically yes but performance, price wise and where it fits into the market no.
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