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

Author: Josh Walrath
Manufacturer: PC Perspective

Results: Unigine Heaven 4.0 and Valley

Unigine Heaven 4.0

This particular benchmark nicely shows the performance hit that we would expect to see with varied levels of tessellation enabled.  I tested with it disabled, moderate, normal, and extreme.  We should get a good feeling about how these cards handle tessellation under various levels.  Resolution was set at 1920x1200, no AA, 16X AF, and High quality settings.

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Some very interesting results here.  The 5870 does very well of course with tess disabled, but it is slower than the 650 Ti BOOST.  The 7790s struggle a bit with this benchmark at these settings.  Once tessellation is increased we see things starting to even out with the 7790s and the 5870.  The 650 Ti BOOST maintains a significant lead throughout.  At Extreme levels the 5870 bottoms out, getting beat handily by the newer 7790s which handle tessellation a lot better.

 

Unigine Valley

This is another new benchmark released by the fine Unigine people.  It is really stunning to watch and has an amazing view distance.  It encompasses all of the latest DX11 technology, but it is not focused on tessellation as Heaven is.  Overall it is a great representation of what a next generation “open world” game engine should be able to do.  Testing was done at 1920x1200, no AA, 16X AF, and Ultra quality levels.

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Valley is a lot more friendly to the 5870 as compared to previous benchmarks.  The extra ROPS, TEX units, shader counts, and memory bandwidth really help it pull ahead of the 7790s.  The 650 Ti BOOST just smokes the rest though.

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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