PowerColor HD 6790 Review

By Nimish Sawant | Updated Nov 15 2011
PowerColor HD 6790  Review
DIGIT RATING
70 /100
  • design

    60

  • performance

    60

  • value for money

    70

  • features

    60

  • PROS
  • Temperature delta is low
  • Good pricing
  • CONS
  • Performance slightly slower than 550Ti

Verdict

This is a good card overall for those on a budget. Its lower temperature delta gives it an advantage over the reference GTX 550Tis. But we would like to see it priced around the Rs. 6500 to recommend it.

PowerColor HD 6790 detailed review

Features: Powercolor HD 6790 is clocked at 840 MHz and it is in essence very similar to the 6800 series of cards in terms of architecture, but has some features disabled. It supports HDMI 1.4 standard for 3D 1080p output and it also has support for multiple monitors (Eyefinity).


Design and Build: The card comes in a black coloured touch plastic shroud which has a sticker of the artwork from the box on the right hand side. The fan in the centre covers the whole breath of the card and is placed atop the
heatsink.

Performance: It provides comfortable gaming frame rates for all games except Crysis Warhead where it maxes out at 22FPS at 1080p with Very High settings. Dirt3 benchmark gave the highest frame rates. Its scores are higher than the HD6770 and at par with reference GTX 550Ti's but the factory overclocked versions edge past the HD 6790.

Refer to the gallery to view benchmarks, as well as the below table.

Verdict: This is a good card overall for those on a budget. Its lower temperature delta gives it an advantage over the reference GTX 550Tis. But we would like to see it priced around the Rs. 6500 to recommend it.

Score Out of 100: 49.22

Price: Rs.7,499

Features, Specs, Scores

Brand Model

PowerColor HD 6790

Type of memory / Memory Clock (MHz)

DDR5 / 1050

Core / Shader Clock (MHz)
840 / NA
No. of Stream Processors
800
Memory size (MB) / Memory Interface

1024 / 256-bit

Connects on card

DVI-D, HDMI, Mini-Display Port

Accessories provided

DVI-D-Sub, Driver CD

Game Provided
N
Synthetic Benchmarks
3D Mark 11 (Overall)
4960
3D Mark 11 (Graphics)
4956

Unigine Heaven v2.5 (1680x1050, 4xAF, Max Shader, Extreme Tesellation) Score

557

Unigine Heaven v2.5 (1680x1050, 4xAF, Max Shader, Extreme Tesellation) Frame rate

22.1
Temperature (Load)
59
Temperature (Idle)
33

Game Benchmarks

FarCry 2 (1280x1024, Ultra High, No AA) Avg

78.72

FarCry 2 (1680x1050, Ultra High, No AA) Avg

69.47

FarCry 2 (1920x1080, Ultra High, No AA) Avg

64.05

FarCry 2 (1280x1024, Ultra High, 4xAA) Avg

64.93

FarCry 2 (1680x1050, Ultra High, 4xAA) Avg

56.23

FarCry 2 (1920x1080, Ultra High, 4xAA) Avg

51.85

S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Call of Pripyat (Day, 1680x1050, No AA, DX11, Ultra Detail) Avg

71.7

S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Call of Pripyat (Day, 1680x1050, 4x AA, DX11, Ultra Detail) Avg

50.2

S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Call of Pripyat (Day, 1920x1080, 4xAA, DX11, Ultra Detail) Avg

44.2

Resident Evil (1680x1050, 4xAA, Motion Blur on)

87.3

Resident Evil (1920x1080, 4xAA, Motion Blur on)

78.2

Crysis Warhead (1280x1024, DX10, Med) Avg

63

Crysis Warhead (1680x1050, DX10, Med) Avg

54

Crysis Warhead (1680x1050, DX10, Very High) Avg

25

Crysis Warhead (1920x1080, DX10, Very High) Avg

22

Dirt 3 (1280x1024, No AA, Details Medium) Avg

104.19

Dirt 3 (1680x1050, No AA, Details Medium) Avg

92.58

Dirt 3 (1920x1080, No AA, Details Medium) Avg

83.61

Dirt 3 (1280x1024, 4x AA, Details High) Avg

84.64

Dirt 3 (1680x1050, 4x AA, Details High) Avg

73.38

Dirt 3 (1920x1080, 4x AA, Details High) Avg

67.77
Crysis 2 (1920x1080 Hardcore)
33.68
Crysis 2 (1680x1050 Hardcore)
38.36

PowerColor HD 6790 Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹7499
Release Date: 15 Nov 2011
Market Status: Launched

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