Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
With a suggested retail price of $149 the AMD Radeon HD 7790 is going to hit at an excellent price point. Of course this priced is based on a reference card, for the option from Sapphire, you're probably looking at an extra $10 - $15. This is a price increase that we'd say is worth it due to the overclock, but more so the quality of the cooler, which performs extremely well.
As for availability we're still a few weeks out from the model officially hitting with it expected to show up in the first week of April. It continues to look like the HD 7000 series is going to be around for a while longer and AMD have room to create a HD 7890 now if they wanted along with a HD 7990.
If AMD really wanted to create a new single GPU card to take on the Titan they could release a HD 7990 and bring in a dual GPU card under a name like HD 7900 X or HD 7990 X2 to different it from the single GPU offerings.
Moving away from that, though, and instead focusing again on the HD 7790, we've got a strong model that as we just mentioned above is going to hit at a strong price point. You can see it plays well with newer games like Sleeping Dogs and Hitman Absolution at 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200 becomes an option under some games.
I think something that's going to be interesting is CrossFire performance which will be something we look soon. At $300 for a pair you could end up with quite a nice little dual GPU powerhouse for your rig at an excellent price point.
Of course you're probably always going to prefer to have something higher end, but if you're looking for a video card and your budget is around that mid $100 mark, the HD 7790 is looking to be a great option, and Sapphire has only worked to make it better. Of course we'll have to see how NVIDIA respond.
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