Report: AMD to release Radeon HD 6790 this Thursday

Jos

TS Evangelist
AMD is set to introduce a new mid-range graphics card based on the 40nm 'Barts LE' core before the end of the week, according to a report on NordicHardware. The Radeon HD 6790 would directly compete with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 550 Ti, offering a more powerful alternative to Radeon HD 5770 at a lower price than Radeon HD 6850.

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TeamworkGuy2

TS Enthusiast
ihaveaname said:
... so it uses more power than the 6850? I must be missing something here....
Yea, what's up with that, I am glad I went with a mid range nVidia card (GTS 450), I can look forward to the Ti 550 or GTX 460.
AMD/ATI on the otherhand...
The 6850 is still close to $180, over most people's mid/lower range budgets.
My guess is that the 6690 will be a "knock off" of the Radeon 68xx series, underpowered, slightly over priced card (since its a current generation card and can boast about its Radeon 6xxx family).
I will be waiting to see the details for this card, 150W power envelope is high, quite high for a $150-ish bracket card.
 

mosu

TS Evangelist
The higher power envelope is due to higher clock frequencies, both in core clock and memory clock, 840 MHz vs 775 MHz and 4000MHz vs 4200 MHz.With a 256 bit interface, it looks like a reduced version of 6850 at higher clock speeds, so in certain games it might actually work better than 6850.
 

dividebyzero

trainee n00b
HD 6790 probably sounds better than HD 6830 - bigger individual numbers for non-tech savvy, and it makes the card sound less like a salvage part. Judging by the reception the 5830 got I couldn't really argue the logic there.
 

red1776

Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe
HD 6790 probably sounds better than HD 6830 - bigger individual numbers for non-tech savvy, and it makes the card sound less like a salvage part. Judging by the reception the 5830 got I couldn't really argue the logic there.
Good point, the 5830 was neutered a bit too much (cutting the ROP's in half from 32 to 16) and fusing not one but two shader clusters while using more power than the 5850.