MSI Radeon HD 7790 OC Edition: Mid-Range Graphics

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Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike Test
Synthetic DirectX Gaming
Futuremark 3DMark
Fire Strike
Fire Strike has two benchmark modes: Standard mode runs in 1920x1080, while Extreme mode targets 2560x1440. GPU target frame buffer utilization for normal mode is 1GB and the benchmark uses tessellation, ambient occlusion, volume illumination, and a medium-quality depth of field filter. The more taxing Extreme mode targets 1.5GB of frame buffer memory and increases detail levels across the board. Extreme mode is explicitly designed for CrossFire / SLI systems. GT 1 focuses on geometry and illumination, with over 100 shadow casting spot lights, 140 non-shadow casting point lights, and 3.9 million vertices calculated for tessellation per frame. Only 80 million pixels are processed per frame. GT2 emphasizes particles and GPU simulations. Tessellation volume is reduced to 2.6 million vertices, but the number of pixels processed per frame rises to 170 million.

Like the other 7790s, the MSI Radeon HD 7790 managed to best the GTX 650 Ti BOOST in the Fire Strike GT1 test, though it fell behind in the combined test results. And as before, it lagged just slightly behind the other 7790s, both in terms of frame rates and the overall 3DMark score.

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TheGamerTech one year ago

Not to belittle MSI and their card or anything, but these factory overclocked cards, in many cases, just don't offer enough increased performance to just the additional cost. Sure, they're great for people who don't want to tinker with their clock speeds, but it isn't like it is difficult to get a card with a nice, capable cooler and use an aftermarket tool to do the overclocking yourself. Or spend the same amount of cash, or a smidge more, and buy the next model card up instead. :)

realneil one year ago

[quote user="TheGamerTech"]Not to belittle MSI and their card or anything, [/quote]

MSI is great.

A card that's OC'd by the factory still carries a warranty at the faster speeds. If ~you~ OC a card and fry it, it's not covered. I understand that a lot of us tweak our cards a little bit more than what they come set at.

Also, an OC'd card usually already has better than stock cooling on it.

slacking one year ago

FYI, I have this card and it overclocks to 1225 core clock, 1662 (6648 effective) memory clock with no problems. If you can manage to sell the two crappy games it comes with on Ebay, then this card is a steal.

Casecutter one year ago

Good review but hardly useful to the folk looking to spending $120-170 for two reasons…

It's inappropriate to assume "cards in this class" can run with such levels of graphic quality or even test 2560x resolution when isn't providing real world inference.  I mean none of the cards that logically fall into the competition of a 7790 are really providing good playable results on Ultra/AAx4/AFx16 settings (perhaps Metro, Batman).  Mostly the rest of the results aren’t telling folks much, they know they'll need/should "concede" on some settings.

Beside the settings, the CPU (i7 Hyper-Threading) and system, is far from what anyone envisioning stuffing a $120-170 card with.  Now almost every site testing video cards runs max system spec's so, not to have CPU bottle necks which is understandable. I can't chastise you that’s what most do, but between settings and system spec’s what you provide is nothing like what most buying this should ever intend to appreciate.  It would be far better for a site like yourselves' to start this review saying; we are going to test this "class" of cards with a modest, may I say normal system that folk looking at hardware of this level would be using. 

I've found only one other site that tested that way, and the outcome is quite surprising.  Your charts just communicate what every other reviewer shows, this "class of card" aren't capable of enthusiast level of eye-candy.  Although, you could be the one showing just a little tuning back on one or so settings can still provides an exhilarating experience with just "entry level box".  Buyers and the graphic card companies would rather have you revealing what can be done with a $120-170 card gaming than basically showing they perform as well as more expensive cards.

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