File_It-Under: Mid-Range Graphics By: D.F.Skinner!~
If you're a system builder like myself there are two major obstacles that you will face when dealing with graphic cards,one being the price, and the other being size.If you want a graphic card to handle the latest graphic intense games you'er more than likely will have to spend the big bucks,then you would have to sacrifice space to fit the graphic card onto your motherboard,most high-end graphic cards average around 10-inches in length.The other obstacle is pricing,graphic cards for the most part are pretty reasonable in pricing once they depreciate in market value after a year from launch,if you're looking for a heavy duty graphic card to handle intense graphics and willing to spend the extra money,then we are talking about a $400 or more on average in price. There are plenty of graphic cards on the market that will allow you to enjoy high intense gaming without bleeding your pockets,these graphic cards fall into the mid-range graphic category,it'll also fit nicely into your computer case without consuming so much space on your motherboard,is there such a graphic card,sure it is,the MSI Radeon HD 7790 OC Edition graphic card.
The HD 7790 is the perfect graphic card if you looking to not spend an excess amount of money,and it's perfect in size if you're looking for a graphic card to not take up so much space on your motherboard.Before we get into the size and price,lets for a minute focus on the specs and features.
The MSI Radeon HD 7790 has a core clock speed that measures 1,050MHz (that's 1.5GHz),it has 1GB of GDDR5 memory and a memory clock that's right at 6Gbps. The graphic card is powered by a single six-pin PSU connector,it has a 100 w Thermal Design Power requirement.As for the output,the card offers 2-DVI ports,and an HDMI port, and finally a DisPlayPort. It supports resolutions that caps out at 2560 x 1600,it handles the latest in Directx 11 and OpenGL 4.2 technologies,and the HD 7790 supports AMD's own CrossFire technology.In the accessory department,the card includes two physical external cables and a DVI/D-Sub adapter.
The question is can this graphic card handle the latest popular game titles,the answer is yes.According to benchmarks performances measured by many hardware websites,the MSI Radeon HD 7790 held its own with games such as Bio-shock and Crysis 3,both graphically intense video games.
The mid-range card as expected takes up two slots at the back of the chassis which is understanding being that there is two of each in video outputs.But the card itself measures at 7.17 in length x 4.16 inches in width.The cooling shroud covers a copper heat pipes and an aluminum heatsink,all cooled by a single fan.The card features a proprietary Propeller Blade Technology which MSI claims will provide 20% more airflow than the average graphic card fan.If you plan on overclocking this graphic good news,MSI states that the card meets the "Military Class III rating,making it a U.S. MIL-STD-810G durability standard.
What do you expect to pay for a mid-range graphic such as the MSI Radeon 7790,graphic card retails for $139 on Amazon's website,New egg.com has the graphic card listed at $149. Go on both websites,the graphic card is sitting pretty waiting for you to order.
Source Credit: "HotHardware"