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Battle of the mid-ranged, 1080p GPU

The two big names of the GPU industry have recently showcased their budget-friendly graphics card geared towards the sweet spot between price and performance. Today, we’ll look at the two contenders a bit closer to see which one gives more bang for the buck.

On the AMD’s side we have the Radeon HD 7790, a GNC-based (Graphics Next Core architecture) graphics card built around the new Bonaire GPU. It has Eyefinity and can support up to 6 monitors in one go. Furthermore, it can be paired with another HD 7790 via CrossfireX for added boost.

radeon hd 7790

Speaking of boost, NVidia has unveiled the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost in response to the launch of the AMD Radeon HD7790. Apart from improved performance, the Kepler-based GPU addresses some of the minor drawbacks that its predecessor, GTX 650 Ti, has which includes the lack of SLI (Scalable Link Interface) support.

gtx 650 ti boost

Before we go deeper in their respective benchmark results, let’s quickly look at the contenders’ specs comparison.

specs comparison

Judging from what we saw, the competition is pretty tight as each GPU has an advantage over the other. So now that we have an idea of how things are on paper, let’s see how this translates in to performance.

Below is table that shows the average frame rate performance of each GPUs on a popular game title. However, bear in mind that these data are based on Tom’s Hardware’s benchmark results. As such, it may differ from other benchmark results done by other tech sites. Test environment can be found here.

fps benchmark result

Although not by a mile, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost trumps the Radeon HD 7790 in terms of frame rate performance in these game titles. Of course, there are other game titles that the latter may outperform the former. Nevertheless, based on the results provided by Tom’s Hardware, it seems that the NVidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost provides more value for our money.

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