VTX3D HD7790 Review


VTX3D HD7790 Review


We've often commented upon the fine line that exists between reducing the performance of the hardware to the point that it's a bargain, and reducing it too much to be worth purchasing.

There is no doubt that the HD7790 is reduced past the point of usefulness. In every single test it was bested by the GTX650Ti, and quite often it was barely ahead of the HD7770.

Given that AMD are removing the HD7850 from their range and filling the hole with the HD7790, it really needs to be good. It just isn't. Nothing about it makes it worth recommending. If you want a cheap card regardless of performance then there are loads on offer. If you want a better performing card then almost anything works too. But if you want something that nicely hits the sweet spot of price and performance without busting the budget, it's unquestionably worth either purchasing a GTX650Ti or, if you must have an AMD product, seek out a HD7850 before they disappear off the shelves.

Don't think we're being mean to the HD7790 either. This is testing in the absolute best case scenario, giving the card every chance to shine. If you can afford a i7-3960X and overclock it to 4.6GHz, the likelihood of you only being able to afford a HD7790 is slim. The reality is that it will form part of a system based around lower performing components, and so the results will be even worse than those we see here.

The final nail in the coffin for the VTX3D HD7790 is the decision to stick with an unshrouded cooler. Whilst we understand that PC hardware is one of those places in which elitism is rampant, you still want a system that, even if it doesn't actually perform well, looks like it could. The reference design apes those of the big budget models and could, at a glance, be confused with one. The VTX3D looks cheap, half-finished almost, which only makes the lack of performance even more galling.

All in all we have no reason at all to recommend the HD7790. It's cheap, but so a pencil and paper and given the HD7790 struggles into double digit frame-rates on modern titles then you'd have more fun with a game of dots and boxes. It would have a higher frame-rate too. Find an HD7850, or grab a GTX650Ti. Both provide vastly superior experiences than the HD7790.


Thanks to VTX3D for supplying the HD7790 for review. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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08-04-2013, 07:50:17

Hot on the heels of the GTX650Ti, AMD have released their value GPU, the HD7790. We take a look at the VTX3D model.


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08-04-2013, 08:04:01

Is AMD really removing the 7850 from their lineup?

I haven't heard or read that anywhere else.

08-04-2013, 08:04:25

all i can say is amd fails again, which is a massive massive shame

08-04-2013, 08:06:47

Originally Posted by VengeanceUK View Post
all i can say is amd fails again, which is a massive massive shame
Agreed. Sadly we're approaching the point where failure is more of a regularity than success for AMD.

08-04-2013, 08:16:56

Its the 1GB 7850 thats being discontinued, and thats the one thats right on the same sort of money as the 7790. Fuzzy logic IMHO.

08-04-2013, 08:22:33

I don't like to be the one to complain but I'm finding it harder and harder to parse the graphs nice and easily. Is there a way we can get some sort of sorting going on?

08-04-2013, 08:25:22

I have a question with regard to the graphs as well. Are they running different versions of the drivers? Or are you benchmarking all of them again every time a new driver version comes out?

08-04-2013, 08:25:52

Originally Posted by SPS View Post
I don't like to be the one to complain but I'm finding it harder and harder to parse the graphs nice and easily. Is there a way we can get some sort of sorting going on?

A quick answer is without redoing them every time manually.... No :/

08-04-2013, 08:29:04

Compared to the 650Ti boost this is shockingly bad. AMD seem to be focusing on undercutting NVIDIA on price across the board but at this price range, 20-40 more gets you such a big jump in performance (Gtx 660 starts at 150 on Aria) that you would be a bit daft to get one of these.

08-04-2013, 08:31:59

jesus f*cking christ that is a disgusting card.
really sad to see this card perform that bad, i though AMD would do better since they released the 7870 le. too bad they are removing that card as well.
650ti boost looks and performs better.

08-04-2013, 08:32:25

Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
A quick answer is without redoing them every time manually.... No :/

It would be pretty trivial to do using Javascript and RGraph but I don't know how the current system works and I assume you've already looked into it anyways.

Thanks for the answer nonetheless

08-04-2013, 08:50:30

for an extra 20-25 odds you can get a Gainward or Palit 2gb 660ti's from aria or spend a bit more again for an MSI variant albeit it not a twin frozr but still looks like it'll perform more than well enough.

You could also get a 2gb MSI 650ti boost with Twin Frozr cooler for not a lot more than a 7790 so i'm struggling to see what AMD were thinking of with this one.

08-04-2013, 09:48:14

i think what AMD is doing here is preying on the "not so knowledgeable" user that "thinks s/he is getting a top of the line card...mixing in the 7's and 9's....

may easily be confused with a 7970

08-04-2013, 11:08:32

If this card were single slot design, the lack of shroud may have gotten away.

08-04-2013, 11:47:47

Could be good little card for opencl apps like cs6 etc

08-04-2013, 16:36:21

*Blows a very loud raspberry*

*walks away*

Ed. *pops back quickly to say thanks for the review*

09-04-2013, 07:58:17

Looking at the graphs I'd be surprised if this card could be classed as an upgrade from a 6870 considering your tomb raider scores weren't that far off of what I got on my old 6870.
And for 18 more you can pick up a 7850 it would seem this card has no real place for this card

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