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HIS 7790 iCooler Turbo and CrossFire

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Posted April 25, 2013 by Jake in Video Cards
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Price at time of Review: $150
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Good temperatures; Low noise; Strong performance in CrossFire; Great value; A+ game included
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Single card performance mediocre; Can't beat GTX 650 Ti Boost; CrossFire hiccups
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Mediocre single card performance, but shines in CrossFire as a good mid-range option.
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Introduction

AMD’s current 7000 generation cards have matured rather nicely for the most part, and now we’re looking at the latest addition to the lineup, with the Radeon HD 7790. It’s a more budget-oriented card, positioned against Nvidia’s GTX 650 Ti which hasn’t had much competition of late. It seems AMD has designed this card purposely to compete both in performance and price in the $150 bracket, targeted at mainstream consumers who want some moderate gaming without breaking the bank.

Specifically we’re examining the HIS 7790 iCooler Turbo. It comes with a custom cooler cooler and a factory overclock that reaches over 1GHz. What’s particularly enticing is this HIS card qualifies for an AMD promotional offer that tosses in an A+ gaming title in Bioshock Infinite worth $60 into the package. That sounds like an excellent deal, even if the performance isn’t terribly groundshaking as a more budget-oriented card.

And as an added bonus, we’re also looking at a pair of these in a CrossFire configuration. Two of these puts us in a much higher performance and pricing echelon, so let’s take a closer look at the HIS 7790 iCooler Turbo and see how things go.

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