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You may have spotted the large AMD logo plastered on the side of the front page, and it’s there because I’m very proud that the lovely folks at AMD, manafacturer of fantastic processors, graphics cards and more, are supplying the graphics card that powers all the PC reviews you see on here.
What does this actually mean?
Simple: AMD are kindly supplying me with one of their beautiful AMD Radeon HD 7790 graphics cards, and in return I spread the good word about the Radeon HD 7790, which is no difficult task given that it is a genuinely brilliant piece of technology, offering up superb performance without destroying your wallet in the process. Aside from this page you’ll also notice the AMD logo stamped on the side of the home page, and all PC reviews will state that the game was tested using a Radeon HD 7790.
What about the card?
The Radeon HD 7790 is based on AMD’s new Bonaire GPU, using the same Graphics Core Next architecture as the 7900 series cards. It supports DirectX 11.1 and boasts 1GB of GDDR5 ram with an engine clock speed of 1000Mhz and a memory clock of 1500Mhz. The total bandwidth is 96GBp. It has 14 compute units, 16 render output units, 1.79 TFLOPS of compute power, and 2.08 billion transistors.
AMD have kindly supplied me with the ASUS variant of their card, which features dual cooling fans to keep the entire thing running as cool as possible, and over-clocked performance, making it faster than the stock card. And did I mention it looks rather pretty? Yeah, it looks pretty. I mean just look at that thing!
The AMD Radeon HD 7790 that I’m using can be purchased for around £120, and for that money you’re getting a stunning graphics card that’s more than capable of playing all the latest game’s without destroying your bank account in the process, the fear of most people when it comes to upgrading their rig or building one for the first time. It can run Far Cry 3 on High settings at 1980 x 1240 smoothly, while Battlefield 3 also runs beautifully at High to Ultra settings. That’s a lot of performance for the price-tag, which is why I’m more than happy to recommend it to anyone out there.
What’s the specifications of the computer?
Due to the fact that I’m not exactly a millionaire the computer I use was constructed on a tight budget, but still packs a solid performance punch regardless. All parts were picked out and put together by me in order to save money, not to mention that building your own computer is really rewarding. There are still upgrades to be made to it. For example another 4GB of Ram will be getting added, and more storage space will be needed. At the moment I’m considering putting in a Solid State Drive as the next upgrade.
You’ll also note that this computer boasts another AMD product: a Phenom 965 Black Edition processor. I honestly can’t recommend this enough, because for anywhere around £60-80 you can pick up one of the bad buys and get yourself four cores running at 3.4Ghz each, making it, in my eyes, the perfect processor for anyone working on a budget. It can also be safely overclocked by a significant amount without requiring after-market cooling solutions.
And then, of course, there’s the AMD/ASUS Radeon HD 7790. I’ve already sung its praises in on this page, but it really is just a great card, capable of handling things like Far Cry 3 on High settings and a high resolution without ever dropping from a smooth framerate. It’s a perfect upgrade for anyone looking to improve their machine.
Anyway, on to the computer:
An ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 Motherboard.
An AMD Phenom x4 965 3.4Ghz Black Edition processor.
4GB of Corsair Vengeance Ram.
An AMD/ASUS Radeon HD 7790 1GB GDDR5 GPU.
A 500W Corsair CX Power Supply.
A 500GB Seagate Barracuda HDD.
As for the keyboard and mouse I’m using a Mad Cat’z S.T.R.I.K.E.5 and a Steelseries Guild Wars 2 mouse.
And now for the thank you messages! The first one obviously goes to you! Yeah, you, the one reading this page, because without you this site wouldn’t exist, I’d be bored and I would never have been able to get the attention of a company like AMD. You guys are the best, so thank you very, very much for stopping by every now and then to read my gibberish. It means the world to me.
Of course a big thank you to AMD for being awesome and working with somebody like myself! It’s great to know that not all the big companies ignore the smaller sites. Thanks guys!
Baden – AKA Wolf of Wolfsgamingblog.