ASUS Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC Video Card Review

AMD is launching the Radeon HD 7790 today. This new video card should give the sub-$200 video card segment a kick in the pants. Will it provide enough performance for today's latest games at $149? We will find out, testing the new ASUS Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC with no less than six of today's hottest games.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using an ASUS P8Z77 WS motherboard. This motherboard supports PCIe 3.0 spec. For the CPU we used an Intel i7 3770K at 4.8GHz. The RAM is 8GB at 1600MHz.

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For the GeForce GTX 650 Ti we used ForceWare 314.21 which is the latest driver.

For the AMD Radeon HD 7770 we used Catalyst 13.3 Beta3 which is the latest driver.

For the ASUS Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC we used the AMD supplied driver for this new GPU, it is package version: 12.101.2.1-130313a.

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