AMD releases Radeon HD 6790 for $150

By on April 5, 2011, 4:13 AM
As expected, AMD has announced a new graphics card designed to fill space between the Radeon HD 5770 and Radeon HD 6850. Priced at $149, the new Radeon HD 6790 will go in direct competition with Nvidia's recently released GeForce GTX 550 Ti and comes packing 800 Stream Processors, 40 Texture Units, 1GB of GDDR5 set to 4200 MHz, a 256-bit memory interface and a core clock of 840MHz.

It is based on a cut-down version of the "Barts" GPU first seen in the Radeon HD 6800 series and as such it shares features like improved tessellation performance, Eyefinity enhancements, and the ability to accelerate Blu-ray 3D video over HDMI. AMD's press materials for the 6790 mention a TDP of 150W and two 6-pin PCIe power connectors, though board partners will be shipping their own designs and some will require a single power connector, which is probably a good thing for a card in this price range. Most cards from board partners will also ship with a custom cooler.

Overall performance is indeed above the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, according to reviews. Then again, the latter can already be found for around $130 or less while the more powerful Radeon HD 6850 is available at $165 before rebates. With such a small difference it's hard to tell how relevant this card will be unless street prices come down a bit. You can check out some reviews at Tech Report, Tom's Hardware and AnandTech.

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andreasf93 said:

This seems to be perfect for my budget, too, but I'm going to army this year and it doesn't seem worth to upgrade my PC :<

Guest said:

With small $ difference, its better to buy Radeon 6850. 6790 consumes more power, has less ROPS and bad performance compared to 6850.

andreasf93 said:

Thanks for the tip Guest, I'll keep that in mind!

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I wonder, has catalyst support been any good this past year or years? I'm thinking of building another rig for fall of this year (I see you BF3!), and I love Nvidia drivers support. I used to have an HD 4670 I think it was, about 3-4 years ago, and the support was crappy. I do know the performance of the 6000 series are mostly superior, but to me, stability wins over performance any day of the week.

Has support improved since then?

Mizzou Mizzou said:

I've had pretty good luck with a pair of 4870's and 5870's with regard to Catalyst support, really can't speak to the 6000 series. Hardware has been rock solid ... no issues there either.

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

ah if only the #7 and 9 were swapped for the same price

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

They will around eighteen months.

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