PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 Turbo Duo Reviewccokeman - March 24, 2013
Category: Video Cards
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PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 Turbo Duo Introduction:
As AMD and its partners worked to fill the product stack from top to bottom over the past 14 months, they left a significant gap open between the performance delivered by the HD 7770 and HD7850. Not only is there a performance gap but a 70 to 80 dollar price gap to fill. Fitting into this price/performance gap is the HD 7790 and specifically today the PowerColor HD 7790 Turbo Duo. As a non-reference design you get a card that is equipped with all the design enhancements from PowerColor including an improved 4+1+1 phase power management system and a dual fan cooling solution that is supposed to run up to 10% cooler and 5% quieter than the reference design. Straight from the factory the PowerColor HD 7790 Turbo Duo is equipped to run the boost clock speed up to 7.5% higher for improved performance at a 1080p resolution. Boost clock speeds of up to 1075MHz are sure to improve the gaming performance over the 1030MHz reference designs.
Priced at $159 this card sees a slight cost up tick over the reference design yet offers improvements that offset that cost. Priced at the same point as NVIDIA's GTX 650Ti it should prove interesting to see how well the HD 7790 compares.
PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 Turbo Duo Closer Look:
PowerColor has definitely changed the look of its packaging for this card, the HD 7790 Turbo Duo. The front is all black with the Turbo Duo logo cut out to fit around the embossed shell inside. Information contained on the front shows this version of the HD 7790 is a card that supports overclocking, uses AMD's Graphics Core Next architecture, and supports Eyefinity and DIrect X 11.1. The back panel lists the baseline specifications and system requirements. The Turbo Duo version of PowerColor's HD 7790 line up uses its Gold Power Kit, a feature set that includes SVI2 power management and a 4+1+1phase power circuit. As the name implies, the Turbo Duo features a dual fan cooling solution that is said to run 10% cooler than the reference design while running 5% quieter.
Inside the outer sleeve the embossed Turbo Duo logo is clearly evident. Inside the card is held in place securely with the accessory bundle under the cardboard inner structure. The accessory included with this card is slim in every sense of the word with just a manual, driver disk, and DVI to D-sub adapter.
Having already looked at one version of the HD 7790, let's see what PowerColor has to offer by digging deeper into the HD 7790 Turbo Duo.