• Chipset: AMD Radeon HD 7790
  • Core Clock: 1050MHz
  • Memory Size: 1GB DDR5
  • Pros:
  • Silent
  • Factory overclocked
  • Cons:
  • Not the best performer in the market in its range
  • Benchmark Results:
  • 3DMark11 (Performance): 6,590 points
  • 3DMark11 (Extreme): 1,645 points
  • Unigine Heaven: 18fps

As Quiet As It Gets

More mid-range GPUs come our way, courtesy of MSI and AMD, as the Taiwanese PC components giant launches the MSI Radeon HD 7790 graphics card, which is excellent for those who are looking to build a gaming PC without stretching their budget.

MSI’s variant of the HD 7790 is a fairly simple graphics card, featuring one of MSI’s proprietary Propeller Blade fan, which keeps the GPU cool with 20 percent more airflow compared to more conventional fans. At the back, the MSI HD 7790 video outputs include one Dual-link DVI-I and DVI-D, DisplayPort and one HDMI port.

What it lacks in physical aesthetics, the MSI HD 7790 makes up for it in terms of performance, as the card is factory overclocked out of the box. The core GPU gets a modest 50MHz boost from the stock 1,000MHz speed, whilst the memory clock runs at a whopping 6,000MHz from 1,500MHz from the original card.

In terms of numbers, the MSI HD 7790 does not look like it’s the top of the pack, even amongst the mid-range crowd, but playing certain games on high at 720p still yields respectable frame rates, and on top of that, you also get games as part of the AMD Never Settle bundle. This is an excellent proposition from both MSI and AMD as the games added into the package will definitely entice users as it makes the deal of getting this card just a little sweeter.

Besides the performance, we’re also quite impressed at how quiet the card ran, even when running at full load. This is crucial as more often than not, even mid and low end graphics cards tend to make a fair amount of noise when pushed to the limit.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The MSI Radeon HD 7790 is not the most powerful card around, but for what you spend, you’ll receive a decent mid-range card that is not only capable of playing at respectable framerates, but also a couple of games to get you started off with. On top of that, it runs silently, which means your ears get to pay full attention at what’s right in front of you, your games.

(previously published in issue September 2013)