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GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7790 1GB & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB Review
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AMD Radeon HD 7790 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST
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by Rob Williams on April 10, 2013 in Video Cards

When there’s a noticeable gap of time in between major GPU launches, one thing’s bound to happen: we’re going to see models get released that slot into gaps we didn’t think existed. That’s the case of both AMD’s Radeon HD 7790 and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST, which retail for the same price. Let’s check them out.

Game Tests: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Total War: SHOGUN 2

Of all the games we test with in our current suite, there is no other that’s likely to suck hundreds of hours out of your life than Skyrim. An expansive world, in-depth game mechanics, and the feeling that there’s always something to do… it’s no wonder the game has hit the right mark with so many people. While not the most graphically-intensive game, we like to test with it due to its popularity and the fact that it scales well in performance.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Manual Run-through: From the entry point in Markarth, our path leads us around the entire city, ultimately bringing us back to where we started.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (1680x1050)

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (1920x1080)

NVIDIA continues to trounce here, with nearly a 20 FPS gain at both resolutions. Being a game that doesn’t exactly push graphics hardware as hard as some of the other games in our suite, this is pretty surprising.

Total War: SHOGUN 2

Strategy games are well-known for pushing the limits of any system, and few others do this as well as Total War: SHOGUN 2. It fully supports DX11, has huge battlefields to overlook with hundreds or thousands of units, and a ton of graphics options to adjust. It’s quite simply a beast of a game.

Total War: SHOGUN 2

Manual Run-through: While we normally dislike timedemos, because strategy games such as this are very difficult to benchmark reliably, we’ve opted to use the built-in benchmark instead.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti - Total War: SHOGUN 2 (1680x1050)

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 Ti - Total War: SHOGUN 2 (1920x1080)

The relentless GTX 650 Ti BOOST strikes again. With this game in particular, I have no doubts that the 1GB framebuffer is the issue for the AMD card, as it’s incredibly intense. Will our synthetic benchmarks back up our findings? Let’s find out.