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XFX HD Radeon 6790 Review

RHKCommander959    -   May 5, 2011
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Conclusion:

The XFX HD Radeon 6790 had the best energy results of all the cards. The thermal scores were good as well but not at the head of the pack. The card operated very quietly throughout the whole test suite and overclocked decently to 980 MHz core and 1250 MHz memory fully stable. XFX ran the 6870 PCB with two 6-pin power connections to allow for higher overclocking although the 6790s themselves don't need dual connectors. Gaming showed that this card was at the bottom of our test group but it put out good performance for being mid-range. The size of the card is average and should easily fit into almost all systems. The outputs are standard fare from AMD now with two DVI ports, two miniDisplayPorts and a HDMI port. Although, one of the DVI ports was labeled VGA and thus has a lowered resolution capability.

Everything worked properly on the card. It overclocked nicely with a ton of headroom left on the memory! If the card is capable of software voltage modification (which it looks to be able to do) then it should easily pass 1 GHz core overclocks. With dual fans, the noise output is very low in comparison to designs with blower motors. All of the features that this card carries with it make it a very attractive upgrade for users currently stuck with on-board graphics. The card is plenty capable of gaming as long as the settings aren't too hardcore. All of the games in the test suite ran fine when set properly and visual quality wasn't severely affected either. With low power consumption, high quality video output and the ability to game, this card can fit into media, casual gaming and office PCs very well!

The only cons were that the base of the heat sink was a bit rough and the gaps between the heat pipes and the heat sink base were large. Thermal performance was very good so this shouldn't deter any. Beta drivers work fine except Overdrive which didn't want to set the card speeds but did work with fan control. A new driver release slated to come out soon from AMD should patch this up just fine. Right now, consumers can purchase more powerful cards for around the same price thanks to rebates with older generation products. Even some 6850s and GTX 460s are going for less, so pricing will have to be adjusted to help the card sell.

 

Pros:

  • Great power consumption
  • Quiet
  • AMD Eyefinity
  • AMD HD3D
  • Good thermal properties
  • Decent overclocking
  • High connectivity

 

Cons:

  • Exhaust heat recycled
  • Rough heat sink base


 

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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Aliens vs Predator
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Just Cause 2
  10. Testing: Unigine 2.1
  11. Testing: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  12. Testing: 3DMark 11
  13. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  14. Testing: Temperatures
  15. Testing: Power Consumption
  16. Conclusion
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