AMD Radeon HD 8790M: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 8790M
Radeon HD 8790M
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  • Interface MXM-A (3.0)
  • Core clock speed 850
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4500
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2012
Performance 3.34

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 8790M sales 16 November 2012. This is GCN architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at office use. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4.5 GHz are supplied, and together with 128 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 64 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via MXM-A (3.0) interface. Power consumption is at unknown.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

3.34%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

General info

Some basic facts about Radeon HD 8790M: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance rating622
Value for money0.23
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameMars XTX
Market segmentLaptop
Release date16 November 2012 (10 years ago)
Current price$460 of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon HD 8790M'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 8790M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores384of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed850 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed900 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors950 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)unknownof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate21.60of 959.6 (Radeon RX 7900 XTX)
Floating-point performance691.2 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 8790M's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizemedium sized
InterfaceMXM-A (3.0)
Supplementary power connectorsNone

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 8790M: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width128 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed4500 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth64 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 8790M. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display ConnectorsNo outputs

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 8790M, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (11_1)
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.2.131

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 8790M. 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 8790M 3.34
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

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.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

HD 8790M 1305

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

HD 8790M 9835

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

HD 8790M 2187

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

HD 8790M 12049

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

HD 8790M 1648

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.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

HD 8790M 1727

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 8790M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 80 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 8790M 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.

Average FPS

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

Full HD28

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Battlefield 5 7−8
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 12−14
Far Cry 5 3−4
Far Cry New Dawn 2−3
Forza Horizon 4 8−9
Hitman 3 2−3
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Battlefield 5 7−8
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 12−14
Far Cry 5 3−4
Far Cry New Dawn 2−3
Forza Horizon 4 8−9
Hitman 3 2−3
Metro Exodus 3−4
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 6−7
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Battlefield 5 7−8
Far Cry 5 3−4
Far Cry New Dawn 2−3
Forza Horizon 4 8−9
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 6−7
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 6−7
Hitman 3 2−3
Horizon Zero Dawn 3−4
Metro Exodus 3−4
Red Dead Redemption 2 3−4
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 0−1
Far Cry 5 2−3
Forza Horizon 4 3−4
Watch Dogs: Legion 2−3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3−4
Hitman 3 3−4
Horizon Zero Dawn 4−5
Red Dead Redemption 2 2−3
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 1−2
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2−3
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 1−2
Cyberpunk 2077 1−2
Far Cry 5 3−4
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
Forza Horizon 4 3−4
Watch Dogs: Legion 2−3

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 8790M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 8790M from NVIDIA is GeForce 930MX, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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Recommended processors

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User rating

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