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HD 7790 and 650 Ti BOOST Roundup: Asus, MSI, and Galaxy

Author: Josh Walrath
Manufacturer: PC Perspective

Results: Bioshock Infinite

Another new addition to the benchmark regime!  BI adds all kinds of fancy tricks to the PC to make visuals that are, hyperbole aside, simply stunning.  Or at least new.  It is based on UE 3.0, but still has plenty of bells and whistles to make things look really nice with plenty of interesting effects.  Ultra/DX11/DOF is enabled while using the built-in benchmark.

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The 7790s are keeping up with the 5870, but the 650 Ti BOOST takes a definitive lead at both tested resolutions.  This title can really hammer these cards at 1920x1200, and 2560x1600 is pretty much unplayable.

July 3, 2013 | 09:27 PM - Posted by aps (not verified)

You forgot to mention how to do the ole' pencil mod to enable that extra SMX unit in the 650 Boost :)

July 3, 2013 | 10:54 PM - Posted by deowll (not verified)

GTX Got the 650 Ti Boost. Not sure I understand everything about it but it is a huge improvement over the 260 that came in the computer. On the other hand this is a dell 30 inch monitor...Kind of thinking a GTX 770 might offer a little more umph.

July 4, 2013 | 10:51 AM - Posted by Josh Walrath

Yeah, a GTX 770 is somewhat of a must anymore for modern games and a 30" 2560x1600 monitor.  The 650 Ti BOOST could push the pixels, but in games like Metro it (and the others) choked.

July 4, 2013 | 12:42 AM - Posted by orvtrebor

As a side note I'm still amazed at how well a 5870 holds up considering it's age.

It really was a great card.

July 4, 2013 | 02:49 AM - Posted by rrr (not verified)

It also costed a whole lot more back in the day than either 7790 or 650Ti BOOST.

July 4, 2013 | 10:50 AM - Posted by Josh Walrath

Yes, it did.  But consider that if you had bought it new at $400, that is a pretty good investment going on 4 years and still very useable.

July 6, 2013 | 07:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I have had a 5850 1GB for 3 years and it works well for 1080p gaming.
Bought it for Dirt 2 mostly as it was one of the first DX 11 games I think.

July 7, 2013 | 07:18 AM - Posted by Josh Walrath

DiRT 2 was one of the first DX11 games.  I remember watching the first footage they released during QuakeCon that year.  Was really impressed... it sorta inspired me to get back into racing games.

July 5, 2013 | 01:11 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The 7790 models you tried, are both 2 GB?

July 5, 2013 | 02:32 PM - Posted by Josh Walrath

Both are 1 GB models.

October 6, 2013 | 09:51 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

How did the galaxy not win this with the better average benchmarks for games and others?

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