XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition 1 GB review

Comparing four similar Radeon HD 7790 graphics cards

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Introduction

The AMD Radeon HD 7790 came out late March and it's still AMD's main product for the 100-150 euro price segment. While the Radeon HD 7790 cards are facing strong competition from the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost, the 1 GB models from AMD certainly still interesting due to their low price. We already tested Radeon HD 7790 cards from ASUS, MSI and Sapphire. Today we'll take a closer look at the XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition 1GB, and compare its performance and price to the other 7790 cards. 


XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition 1GB

The XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition 1GB is equipped with XFX's Dual Dissipation cooler with two fans. The heatsink contains two standard heatpipes. The aluminium frame gives the card a stylish appearance, and the XFX logo in the I/O bracket shows the designers definitely have an eye for detail. 

The clock frequency for the GPU is set at 1,075 MHz, higher than the 1,000 MHz on the standard Radeon HD 7790, but the same as the ASUS and Sapphire cards we tested. The memory speed is also the same as on the cards from ASUS and Sapphire, with 1600 MHz instead of the standard 1500 MHz on AMD's reference card.

XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition 1GB

The XFX card is equipped with 1 GB GDDR5 video memory. The monitor connectors are unchanged, with HDMI, DisplayPort and two DVI ports. The card features the standard PEG6 power connector.

The price is a bit on the high side, however. € 142 is more than what the Radeon HD 7790 1GB cards from ASUS, Sapphire and MSI cost. Let's see whether there is a reason for the higher price...


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