Roundup: AMD Radeon HD 6790

With their top of the line offering released and out of the way, AMD has expectedly put together an answer to NVIDIA’s GTX 550 Ti mid-range card. The new graphics unit retails for the same ($149), and comes clocked at 840MHz for graphics and shader speeds with 1GB of GDDR5 at 4.2GHz. We got reviewers acknowledge that this may have been a late response to their competitor’s GTX 460, but that’s a card that is slowly leaving the scene to be replaced by the less powerful GTX 550 Ti (awkwardly). If you’d want the latest video card for this particular price point then AMD’s solution does seem like the better option, but the new HD 6790 is suffering the same fate as its counterpart alternative since an HD 6850 can be had for close to the same price with rebates (if you don’t mind them that is). In all it’s a good card, and a tad lower price would have made it superb. All the detailed info and benchmarks below.

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AMD’s Part Numbers for “Cayman PRO” Revealed

AMD’s been grabbing the spotlight recently, and now that we mentioned that – ready for more rumors? For starters, recent rumors draws conclusions that the upcoming Barts XT and PRO graphics cards will be the Radeon HD 6870 and 6850, respectively. This all makes perfect sense up to a point when they are suppose to replace the HD 5700 series cards, not the 5800 series.

So this is what we’re seeing (from Fudzilla again), AMD has intentions on dubbing their Cayman XT and PRO cards as the Radeon HD 6970 and 6950, accordingly. These will be the flagship cards, but compared to the HD 5970, they are only single-GPU models with a supposed launch of late November. Following seems like an “AMD Confidential” slide, real or not? Totally your call.

AMD Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 Arriving Friday

Word’s out, and these cards are to be officially released this Friday. Port outputs on these cards remain the same from the pictures we seen earlier, there’s the standard dual DVI, one HDMI 1.4a, and two Mini DisplayPorts.

HD 6870 - Click for a larger view

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What we know about power requirements so far, is that the HD 6870 would need two 6-pin PCI-E power connectors whereas the HD 6850 needs only one. There’s also a video of these cards being run on AMD’s Mecha Rampage Demo we included down below.

AMD HD 6870 and 6850 Launch Approaches

Okay, we’re looking at a week or so before AMD lets loose those much anticipated brand new flagship graphics cards. According to Fudzilla, if they are right, the HD 6870 and 6850 should be available for public consumption next Friday (Oct. 22). It is said that AMD had already begun shipping its parts to several vendors, and their sales will solely reflect on how they compete with the cards that are currently on the market.

Surprisingly this pair of cards are still both based on the Barts core (PRO [6870] and XT [6850]), with the faster Cayman core for the top-of-the-line (and even faster) parts later this year, perhaps the HD 6890, 6970, or 6950. AMD’s HD 6870 and 6850 should come with the standard 1GB of GDDR5, HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D, and DisplayPort outputs (2 for the 6870).