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Sapphire HD6790 Review

Price: $149


Are you looking to upgrade your current graphics card solution? Maybe you are still running a card that only supports Microsoft's DirectX 10 or maybe you are not getting the FPS in your favorite game that you are looking for. Heck you may be one of those people like myself that likes to have the latest and greatest components in their system. Whatever your reason for wanting to upgrade your graphics card, Sapphire has just released a new addition to their current lineup, the Sapphire HD6790 graphics card. This card is going to come with support for DX 11, AMD Eyefinity, and AMD HD3D. I am curious to see exactly how well the Sapphire HD6790 is going to compare to the other cards that are currently on the market as well as to see exactly how well this card is going to be able to overclock.

Closer Look:

The packaging for the Sapphire HD6790 is a little bit different than some of the other packages that I have seen in the past. There is an image of a woman in a quite revealing warror suit as usually you are going to see an image of a large man in battle gear. This image change is giving me the impression that not only is the card ready for battle with the other cards that are on the market, but it is also going to look good doing it. The top left hand corner of the front is where you are going to find the Sapphire logo printed, there is a 1GB GDDR5 badge in the top right hand corner of the package as well to let you know what kind of memory solution Sapphire decided to give the HD6790. Along the bottom edge of the package is where you are going to find all of the badges letting you know what kind of features the card has; such as Full DirectX 11 Support, AMD Eyefinity, DisplayPort Version 1.2, HDMI, and AMD HD3D Technology. When you take a look at the back of the packaging, you will find a more detailed list of the different features and a nice little description of each of them.










When you get the packaging opened up, you will find a brown cardboard box that is going to house not only the Sapphire HD6790 card itself but all of the documentation, drivers CD, as well as the accessories that the card is going to come with. You are going to get a Sapphire Case Badge to proudly display on your chassis if you choose to and you are going to get a Sapphire Select Club card in the packaging. This club is going to give you the ability to receive automatic RMA services as well as free promotions. There is a DVI to analog display dongle as well as two four pin molex to six pin PCIE power adapters as well.



Now that we know what the packaging looks like for the Sapphire HD6790 and what is included inside, it is time to take a look at the graphics card itself. 

  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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