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Hardware Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB Dual-X Review

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Meanmotion, 22 Mar 2013.

  1. Meanmotion

    Meanmotion bleh Moderator

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  2. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    Am I reading a different review?

    Show me where it performs almost identically to the 2GB 7850?

    This card is £25 over-priced, and therefore not worth buying.
     
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  3. damien c

    damien c Mad FPS Gamer

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    If the price was lower then this wouldn't be to bad but because it's overpriced it's just not worth thinking about.
     
  4. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Re-read what you quoted: it says that the 1GB 7850 SKU performs near-identically to the 2GB 7850 SKU at 1920x1080, not that the 1GB 7790 SKU performs near-identically to the 2GB 7850 SKU.
     
  5. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    Thanks Gareth - I clearly mis-read that paragraph.

    It doesn't change the fact that, at £130, the 7790 is way too expensive though. ;)
     
  6. Hustler

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    Many people seem to think that this card is the PC version of the one that's going to be inside the new Xbox.

    If so, Sony will be smiling.
     
  7. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    Why?

    The review of the GPU is not indicative of it's performance in inside a console unrestrained by PC overheads.
     
  8. littlepuppi

    littlepuppi Currently playing MWO and loving it

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    Pointless card @ current price
     
  9. Baz

    Baz I work for Corsair

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    Indeed; where's that article on here written by Ben Hardwidge on the differences of coding for DX and console?

    Here it is! http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/03/16/farewell-to-directx/3
     
  10. xaser04

    xaser04 Ba Ba Ba BANANA!

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    Whilst true the GPU inside the PS4 is a 18 CU(1152SP) / 32 ROP / 256bit GDDR5 slightly cut down HD7870.

    Effectively coding to the metal the PS4 GPU is more powerful (assuming that this 896SP part is what will be found in the next Xbox).

    Real world of course the difference will be minimal as most cross platform developers will code to the lowest common denominator (or put little effort into extracting the extra grunt out of the more powerful platform).
     
  11. Hustler

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    And neither is the one inside the PS4 with a 256bit interface and double the ROPS...it's all relative, if Sony starts from a higher baseline, Xbox wont be able to match the PS4.

    Certainly not with a GPU based on a 128bit interface and only 16 ROPS.

    Hence the Sony smile.
     
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    Is there any point in publishing results showing the card do 18fps at ultra settings ? Doesnt really help make decisions when its pretty much unplayable for most cards in that price range.
     
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    I certainly agree with that for multi-platform releases, but 1st party games on the PS4 will be unburdened with such lazy developer restrictions, and will truly show just how superior the PS4 GPU is.
     
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    unless MS pull out the stops and CF what they are actually using (possibly doable)
     
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    Crossfire in a console people really are crazy.

    Power, heat, noise is 3 reasons not to do it in a box that will be small.

    This card is overpriced by aprox £25 maybe more than that. Also not sure i see the point in the tests at ultra settings or 2500 resolution. This card is not designed for either.

    In all honesty most people looking at this card will not even have a 1080p monitor to play games on be a 720p tv or worse.

    Standardised review setup is great for high end but I think the low end needs work.
     
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    Or they're just looking for a budget card. The scores aren't great, but remember they've tested with nearly everything on max. If this card didnt struggle with those settings then why would we buy the more expensive cards?

    Agreed, instead of testing 1920x1080 and then 2560 x 1600, why not rule out the 2560 x 1600 and do a different test? Maybe 1920 x 1080 and medium? I'd suggest 1600 x 900 but not a clue as to how many people use them.
     
  17. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    I can see some worth in testing 1680x1050 or 1440x900 with budget GPUs.
     
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    I hope they don't all have the dead space on the PCB when they could be much smaller...
     
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    Ah, that's the res I was thinking of.
     
  20. Meanmotion

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    Some fair points regards mid-range testing - we'll have a think about it.

    As regards resolution, though, bear in mind that 1080p monitors can now be had for, well, about the same outlay as this card - circa £125.
     
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