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In 2012 AMD and Nvidia, the two leading developers of GPUs for discrete graphics cards, did everything to present complete line-ups of new products to their users. Both were ready to offer a solution for any budget. Moreover, Nvidia has recently improved its standing in the top price segment by releasing the GeForce GTX Titan while AMD has answered with the dual-processor Radeon HD 7990. In this review we won’t talk about premium products but will focus instead on the most important entry-level market segment.

Until recently, AMD had a gap in its product range. The company offered the $110 Radeon HD 7770 GHz (Cape Verde XT processor) and the $190 Radeon HD 7850 (Pitcairn Pro) which differed by over 50% in performance. Of course, there existed a 1GB version of the Radeon HD 7850 at about $160 but it never became popular for some reasons. That’s why AMD has rolled out the Radeon HD 7790 with Bonaire processor at a price of $149-169. We’ll have a closer look at this product in a dedicated review. Today we’ll limit ourselves to checking out its performance level.

Nvidia’s line-up looks more balanced, without any gaps in performance and price. Despite this fact, the company has decided to meet the launch of the Radeon HD 7790 with a new product. It is called GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost and it comes at a recommended $149 for a 1GB version or $169 for a 2GB version. Let’s see if these two new graphics cards are comparable to each other and how they stand in comparison with the HD 7770 and GTX 650 Ti on one hand and with the HD 7850 and GTX 660 on the other hand.

Technical Specifications

The specs of the AMD Radeon HD 7790 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost are listed in the following table in comparison with those of the AMD Radeon HD 7850/7770 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660/650 Ti:

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