While AMD won't release a new GPU architecture this year, it doesn't mean they're just rolling their thumbs. Today AMD introduced the Radeon HD 7790, not to be confused with the Radeon HD 7970 that came out more than a year ago. Hardware.Info extensively tested the new graphics card, including with frametime tests, to find out how it compares to the other current high-end graphics cards.
It's been more than a year since AMD launched the first graphics card in the Radeon HD 7000 series, the Radeon HD 7970, and others followed soon after. Since AMD and Nvidia used to release at least one new series per year, many were looking forward to the Radeon HD 8000 series. AMD recently announced that we will have to wait to at least the end of this year for a new generation of video cards. Only OEM cards with 8000 series model numbers have become available for desktop and laptops, for the simple reason that the HPs and Dells out there insist on having new and higher numbers each year. In the meantime the Radeon HD 7000 series is receiving a makeover, both with new game bundles (Never Settle Reloaded) and with new products.
The first new AMD product will hit store April 2, in the form of the Radeon HD 7790. As the product number suggests, it's positioned inbetween the current Radeon HD 7770 and Radeon HD 7850. The new card has a recommended retail price of $149 and will cost around €149 in Europe. That means the HD 7790 is competing directly with the similarly-priced Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti. AMD doesn't pull its punches, as the new HD 7790 is billed as providing "much better performance than the GTX 650 Ti for the same price". That claim we can put to the test.
The 7790 is built around a new GPU, codenamed Bonaire, so it's definitely not an overclocked 7770 or something along those lines.
Sapphite sent us a sample of their Radeon HD 7790 Dual-X OC 1GB, which we tested extensively and compared to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti.