AMD Radeon HD 6790: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 6790
Radeon HD 6790
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 840
  • Max video memory 1024 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 1050
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2011
Performance 5.53

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 6790 sales 4 April 2011 at a recommended price of $149. This is Terascale 2 architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 1 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.05 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 134.4 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 198 mm. Two 6-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 150 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

5.53%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon HD 6790's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating547
Value for money1.21
ArchitectureTerascale 2 (2009−2015)
GPU code nameBarts
Market segmentDesktop
Release date4 April 2011 (11 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$149
Price now$169 (1.1x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon HD 6790's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 6790's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores800of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed840 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors1,700 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology40 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)150 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate33.60of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance1,344.0 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 6790's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
Length198 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors2x 6-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 6790: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount1 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed1050 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth134.4 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6790. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 6790, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX11.2 (11_0)
Shader Model5.0
OpenGL4.4of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
VulkanN/A

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 6790. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

HD 6790 5.53
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • Passmark

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

HD 6790 2150

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

HD 6790 2887

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

HD 6790 13637

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

HD 6790 1612

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 6790. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 122 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 6790 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

900p52
Full HD61

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 6−7
Battlefield 5 6−7
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 6−7
Cyberpunk 2077 6−7
Far Cry 5 6−7
Far Cry New Dawn 6−7
Forza Horizon 4 6−7
Hitman 3 6−7
Horizon Zero Dawn 6−7
Red Dead Redemption 2 6−7
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 6−7
Watch Dogs: Legion 6−7

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 6−7
Battlefield 5 6−7
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 6−7
Cyberpunk 2077 6−7
Far Cry 5 6−7
Far Cry New Dawn 6−7
Forza Horizon 4 6−7
Hitman 3 6−7
Horizon Zero Dawn 6−7
Metro Exodus 6−7
Red Dead Redemption 2 6−7
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 6−7
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 6−7
Watch Dogs: Legion 6−7

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 6−7
Battlefield 5 6−7
Cyberpunk 2077 6−7
Far Cry 5 6−7
Far Cry New Dawn 6−7
Forza Horizon 4 6−7
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 6−7
Watch Dogs: Legion 6−7

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 6−7
Hitman 3 6−7
Horizon Zero Dawn 6−7
Metro Exodus 6−7
Red Dead Redemption 2 6−7
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 6−7

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 6−7
Battlefield 5 6−7
Cyberpunk 2077 6−7
Far Cry 5 6−7
Far Cry New Dawn 6−7
Forza Horizon 4 6−7
Watch Dogs: Legion 6−7

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 6−7
Hitman 3 6−7
Horizon Zero Dawn 6−7
Metro Exodus 6−7
Red Dead Redemption 2 6−7
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 6−7
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 6−7

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 6−7
Battlefield 5 6−7
Cyberpunk 2077 6−7
Far Cry 5 6−7
Far Cry New Dawn 6−7
Forza Horizon 4 6−7
Watch Dogs: Legion 6−7

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 6790 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 6790 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which is slower by 3% and lower by 9 positions in our rating.

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