Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 Dual-X OC Reviewccokeman - March 21, 2013
Category: Video Cards
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Sapphire HD 7790 Dual-X OC Introduction:
Over the past year plus, AMD has fleshed out the 7000 series product stack, hitting just about every single price performance point. With the introduction of the HD 7790, it fills the gap between the HD 7850 and HD 7770 GHz edition cards to drive a better performing card into that $149-159 gap. Not content to sit on its laurels as AMD's largest AIB partner, Sapphire has skipped the reference card and went straight to what it knows best with a non-stock PCB and non-factory cooling solution from the Dual-X catalog. This new addition offers Crossfire support and three monitor Eyefinity configurations for both productivity and gaming applications.
Built using a new GCN Core codenamed Bonaire, AMD is driving added efficiency and dynamic clock controls ever deeper into the product stack while equipping the price point with parts that can handle the latest games at 1080p without breaking the bank. Packed with 40% more streaming processors than the HD 7770, the HD 7790 should prove to be up to the 1080p challenge. To that end Sapphire has equipped its Dual-X HD 7790 OC with significantly higher clock speeds than the reference design at 1075MHz on the core and 1600MHz on the memory; all to deliver that gaming experience. So let's pose the question up front: Can it play Crysis 3 out of the box? Let's find out!
Sapphire HD 7790 Dual-X OC Closer Look:
The packaging used on the Sapphire HD 7790 Dual-X is similar to that used in past releases, keeping continuity with the Sapphire branding. The front of the package features Ruby decked out for battle as the main draw. Scattered around the edges are some of the specifics on this card including the mention that, in addition to the Dual-X cooling solution, this card is pre-overclocked right out of the box. Along the bottom are the bus standard, connectivity options, and processor size. The back side is full of information on the feature set including 28nm GCN architecture, AMD CrossfireX support, DirectX 11 support, 3D and audio support over HDMI, and more. To the left is the contents description and a short synopsis of why the HD 7790 is an excellent choice for the gamer.
Inside the shell is a standard recycled cardboard box that holds the Sapphire Dual-X HD 7790 OC. Inside the box is a formed cardboard shell that holds the card in place with the accessory bundle in a separate compartment. Sapphire moved to this design as a way of reducing its carbon footprint with recycled materials for the packaging a few years ago. So far the design has proven damage resistant.
The accessory bundle included with the HD 7790 Dual-X OC includes all of the parts and information needed to get the card installed. You get the installation guide, Sapphire Club registration, driver and utility disk, Crossfire bridge connector, 4-pin moler to 6-pin PCIe power adaptor, and a DVI to D-sub adapter. Slim but it's all you need for this card.
So far standard fare for the Sapphire HD 7790. Let's look a little deeper to see what the card has to offer.