While much of the recent rabble has been around NVIDIA’s flagship GTX 590 launch, AMD has been working silently on expanding their mid-range lineup with a card intended slot in under the HD 6800 series, tuned for moderate gaming and offering all of AMD’s latest features at an affordable price.
Kept surprisingly well guarded, information about a new AMD HD 6700 series, starting with the AMD Radeon HD 6790, cropped up only last week. Since then, cards from numerous AIBs have been spotted publicly, well before an official AMD announcement; expected to come later this week. So far we have seen cards from MSI, XFX, PowerColor, Colorfire, all offering some unique takes on cooling and slightly different board configurations.
The HD 6790 offers as Barts LE GPU, essentially a slimmed down version of the HD 6870. It features 800 stream processors, 1GB of memory, 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface and reference clock speeds of 840MHz Core, and 1050MHz (4.2GHz) memory.
From there, manufacturers have opted to make some changes, including display connections, improved power control such as the 4+2 phase VRM on the XFX product, retaining of the dual BIOS control by Colorful, and nearly all with their own unique take on cooling.
While not officially for sale yet, retailer Newegg
has posted the Powercolor AX6790 with a pricetag of $149.99 USD
. The expected launch is Thursday, April 7th, 2011