AMD Radeon HD 6790 Graphics Card Review

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Futuremark 3DMark11

Futuremark 3DMark11
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

Futuremark 3DMark11

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark11, is specifically bound to Windows Vista and 7-based systems because it uses the advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 11, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark11 isn't simply a port of 3DMark Vantage to DirectX 11, though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated four new graphics tests, a physics tests, and a new combined test.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark11's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1080 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

The new Radeon HD 6790 turns the tables in the 3DMark11 benchmark. Here, AMD's new affordable GPU is able to outpace both the stock and factory-overclocked GeForce GXT 550 Ti, but trails the GeForce GTX 460. The Radeon HD 6790 finished about 20% behind the Radeon HD 6850 as well.

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