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Sapphire Announces Radeon HD 7790 2GB OC Graphics Card

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. btarunr

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    SAPPHIRE Technology has just added a 2 GB model to the recently introduced HD 7790 series of graphics cards. Like the other members of the series, the SAPPHIRE HD 7790 2 GB OC is based on the latest Bonaire chipset featuring the highly acclaimed graphics GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture from AMD and sets a new standard for performance in mainstream graphics.

    The SAPPHIRE HD 7790 2 GB OC Edition has 2 GB of the latest DDR5 memory and is factory overclocked, with core clocks of 1050 MHz and memory clocks of 1600 MHz (6.4 GT/s effective), to deliver new levels of performance in its price segment. Performance is optimized with the latest version of AMD's PowerTune technology.

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    The 2 GB board features a new cooler design, which uses a dual heatpipe system and a single aerofoil section fan assembly with dust repelling bearings for maximum efficiency and reliability. A unique and SAPPHIRE original feature is the integration into the cooling system of the metal backplate which cools the memory chips on the reverse side of the PCB and helps with PCB rigidity. A finned heatsink attached to the backplate passes through the pcb and extends into the airflow from the fan on the front side of the card, enabling the airflow to carry away the heat from the components on the back of the PCB and reducing memory temperatures to as low as 13°C.

    Working or gaming with multiple monitors is becoming increasingly popular, and the SAPPHIRE HD 7700 series supports this with AMD Eyefinity, now in its second generation. The SAPPHIRE HD 7790 OC Edition has two DVI ports (DVI-I and DVI-D), HDMI and a single DisplayPort output, supporting up to four monitors.

    The SAPPHIRE HD 7790 OC Edition model supports the FleX feature, pioneered by SAPPHIRE, that allows three digital displays to be connected to the DVI and HDMI outputs and used in AMD Eyefinity mode without the need for an external active adapter. All four outputs can be used in AMD Eyefinity mode, but the fourth display must be a DisplayPort monitor or connected with an active adapter.

    The SAPPHIRE HD 7790 OC Edition can be installed in any PC with a free x16 PCI-Express slot, and communication with the host PC is optimised with the use of the latest high speed PCI-Express Gen3.0 interface. Built in hardware support for AMD CrossFire enables multiple cards to be used to further enhance performance in a suitably specified mainboard.

    The SAPPHIRE HD 7790 OC supports the latest industry standards and is ready for Windows 8 with its architecture designed for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2 and OpenCL 1.2. This latest version of AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture also supports an unparalleled array of display and audio technologies, with new fast HDMI features (such as support for 4K resolution and full frame rate 1080p stereoscopic support), DisplayPort 1.2 certification (with support for Multi-Stream Transmission), and DDM Audio (which adds supports for up to 6 simultaneous independent audio streams). Video capabilities include native support for 3D Blu-ray (MVC Codec), DivX decode and hardware encoding of H.264 video via VCE.

    APP Acceleration is the name given to the enhanced performance of a wide range of applications using the stream processing capabilities and specific hardware features of the GCN graphics architecture. The HD 7000 series has been optimised for this type of task. Typical applications include Video encoding and decoding, compression and multiplexing for media distribution, gaming or video conferencing. APP acceleration can also enhance everyday tasks such as Internet browsing, Office applications and file compression with supported software suites.

    The SAPPHIRE HD 7790 series is shipping now and is available through SAPPHIRE's established etail and retail partners. Purchasers will also receive a voucher for a FREE copy of the highly acclaimed BioShock Infinite from participating retailers.

    For more information, visit the product page.
  2. Prima.Vera


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    Wake me up please when the next generation 8xxx is launched...
  3. jboydgolfer


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    I apologize, But am I missing something? What's the deal W/ all the fuss surrounding this GPU? I've heard/Read more about this thing , than any new AMD, or Nvidia release. Does it make Ice, or coffee, or something else aside from rendering? Because to Me it looks like a Standard run of the mill Mid level GPU, which is NO different from ANY other mid level card. "Come one ,Come all, Step right up, and See the Amazing HD 6870, Complete with 1Gb of Gddr5, and Very limited Rendering Power". Sound's kinda strange when it's put that way, Huh? zzzzzzzzz.
  4. NdMk2o1o


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    It's not being made a fuss of, you keep hearing/reading about them because you are reading news releases (aka marketing) from the different manufacturers releasing their own versions of the 7790 which happens with every other GPU it's just that the 7790 is a newly released GPU where as the rest of the 7*** family of GPU's have been out for a year or so hence all the news (marketing) on them at the minute.
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  5. Casecutter

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    Your right it's not that big of a deal, probably the only thing was it being a new twist on AMD GNC architecture on new silicone. It may well tell use some of what "Sea Island" can provide in the 8XXX Series. It has good gains on power consumption and the fact that it is able to deliver 1920x in many somewhat demanding titles with some AA turned on is a boom. It's not the 10% behind a 7850 1Gb we heard rumored, but still a lot of card for not much money. Consider your able to get what a 6870 or GTX560Ti gave you say 18 months ago and now at $140 or less.

    Now, while a 7790 wasn’t the replacement of 7850 1Gb which was disappointing, I still see it as a good card that displace the GTX650Ti. AMD left Nvidia a huge gap and Nvidia was never reality based in it performance/price. The 7790 was intended fill that and knock the GTX650Ti down a notch… mission accomplished! Yes, NVidias’ other entry in the release of the GTX650Ti Boost quickly stole the 7790 lime-light, but frankly it was NVidia’s way to via the 7850’s (not displace the 7790) without dropping price on the GTX660. My option on that seems to have backfired for them, as here in the states GTX 660’s are now pricing generally $180-200 not the obstinate $210-220 before the GTX 650ti Boost, while those are unseemly holding at $170-180. But that does have Nvidia on a full-court-press against the 7850's and in a good position.

    As to a 7790 and 2Gb running on a 128-Bit, to me It’s just fluff, maybe it can assist in one or two titles (like Skyrim), but after that it makes very little sense. But considering this level of card provide anyone who upgraded to a 1080p monitor entrance into a level that just 2 years ago would be consider “enthusiast” is significant.
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  6. LAN_deRf_HA


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    Isn't the 7790 considered to be a 8000 series preview? With the tweaking they did it has the best efficiency yet, though that didn't stop nvidia from brute force displacing it with the 650 TI boost.
  7. Eagleye

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    The HD 7790 is one of the Best Dollar/Performance/Watt HTPC card you can buy. It has a wealth of tweaking abilities (Overclock or Downclock).

    It Runs Cooler, Faster, Uses less power, Is very Silent and Overclcoks allot better than its competitor GTX650TI
  8. Ravenas


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    Almost the same power as a 7870 for half the price. What isn't a big deal about this for any value minded customer?
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