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

Author: Josh Walrath
Manufacturer: PC Perspective

Results: Skyrim

The latest installment of the Elder Scrolls series is still DX9 based, but the art assets and overall look of the game is still fairly cutting edge.  I make a manual run-through of Whiterun captured with FRAPS.  Quality settings are put to Ultra with 4X AA and 16X AF.  FXAA is disabled and the HD texture pack is installed.

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Finally we get to a real game!  Since it is DX9 we would expect the older 5870 to do fairly well here, and we are not disappointed.  It performs well at 1920 and beats out the 7790s.  At 2560 it has a harder time, just barely edging out the 7790s.  The 650 Ti BOOST again takes a significant lead over the other offerings.  It seems that Skyrim does in fact really like the extra 1 GB of memory that this card packs.  What is perhaps most interesting is that the higher clocks of the Asus DCII unit give it a distinct edge over the MSI HD 7790.

July 4, 2013 | 12:27 AM - 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 4, 2013 | 01:54 AM - 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 | 01:51 PM - 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 | 03:42 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 | 05:49 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 | 01:50 PM - 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 | 10:16 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 | 10:18 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 | 04:11 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The 7790 models you tried, are both 2 GB?

July 5, 2013 | 05:32 PM - Posted by Josh Walrath

Both are 1 GB models.

October 6, 2013 | 12:51 PM - 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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