AMD Radeon HD 6790 - Confusing and Unnecessary

The HIS 6790 IceQ X Turbo 1GB GDDR5

The HIS 6790 IceQ X Turbo 1GB GDDR5

On first impressions, the HIS 6790 IceQ X Turbo looks like any other of HIS’ other Radeon HD 6800 series cards. The familiar and signature ice-blue IceQ X cooler aside, the HIS 6790 IceQ X Turbo is the exact same length as the Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850. It also has the same single CrossFireX connector and for video output connectivity, it sports the same twin DVI ports, single HDMI port and dual version 1.2 DisplayPorts.

The HIS 6790 IceQ X Turbo is also factory overclocked with the core running at a respectable 900MHz while the memory at 4400MHz DDR - a bump of 60MHz and 200MHz DDR respectively.

Here's a look at the card.

The HIS 6790 IceQ X Turbo bares some resemblance to HIS' reference Radeon HD 6850 and especially identical to its other IceQ X series.

The card has the usual twin DVI ports, twin DisplayPort 1.2 ports, and single full-sized HDMI port.

Four thick copper heat pipes are used to draw heat away from the GPU core, which is then dissipated amongst the numerous cooling fins. The large 92mm fan in turn cools the fins.

AMD clarified that the Radeon HD 6790 may come with one or two PCIe power connectors, but since it is said that first batches of Radeon HD 6790 cards to hit the market are said to be based on the Radeon HD 6870, many if not all will come with two power connectors.

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