For gamers on a modest budget, the Radeon HD 7790 is a very solid entry in the $150 price range. The card is essentially akin to what we’d normally call a 7830, but apparently that’s not a marketing angle that AMD is fond of pursuing. So we get the 7790 instead. Call it what they will, the bottom line is this card sits directly between a 7770 and a 7850.
In terms of performance, the 7790 beats the vanilla GTX 650 Ti, and by quite a bit in a few of the games. However, it can’t quite compete against the newly minted GTX 650 Ti Boost. That card is about $30 more expensive though, so the argument could be made these two are not in direct competition. Perhaps that help explains the “Never Settle” promotion, in an effort to tip the balance in AMD’s favor for those contemplating a purchase in the $150 range. With the addition of a $60 Bioshock Infinite, that certainly adds significant value here. The only issue, however, is that a 7850 doesn’t cost much more, and you get quite a bit more horsepower, so it’s a bit of a tough call, depending on your priorities.
Sapphire continues to produce a solid cooler in the Dual-X that runs cool and quiet, with a design that’s very reminiscent of the famous Vapor-X model, so it should come as no surprise of the impressive results. Factor in a $60 A+ game title for free and you’ve got a very tempting package if you’re on a modest budget of around $160.
Sapphire has an excellent value option here with the 7790 Dual-X, and is one of the very best Radeon 7790 cards you’ll find.
Sapphire 7790 Dual-X