Report: AMD to release Radeon HD 6790 this Thursday

Jos

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.