12. Final thoughts
2. Meet the Gainward GTX 560 Ti 2048MB Phantom
3. Meet the Club3D Radeon HD 6790 CoolStream Edition
4. Test setup
5. 3DMark 05, 3DMark 06, 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 11
6. Crysis Warhead
7. S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call Of Pripyat Benchmark, Left4Dead
8. Far Cry 2, StreetFighter IV, Unigine benchmark
9. Dirt 2, Alien vs Predator, Lost Planet 2
10. Crysis 2
12. Final thoughts
Let's summarize our findings here:
We start with the Club 3D HD 6790 1GB graphics card. First of all, the card should be positioned as the successor of the Radeon HD 5830. In terms of performance and power consumption/noise, the HD 6790 has the edge over AMD's previous offering. On the other hand, the HD 6790 1GB could not make rival's Nvidia GTX 460 768/1GB MB or GTX 470 look outdated, at least in terms of in-game performance. Most of the times the HD 6790 was head-to -head with the GTX 460 768MB and fell short to compete with the GTX 460 1GB. So we cannot think otherwise than that AMD wanted to make a card to thoroughly trample the Nvidia GTX 550 Ti, and indeed the 6790 can do that: The 6790 is stronger than the GTX 550 Ti. Compared to the HD 6850, the HD 6790 would cost you almost $10 less but it cannot compete in terms of performance.
Of course, the Club 3D HD 6790 1GB will be able to play any game at resolutions of up to 1600x1200. In addition, the card could be overclocked and become more competitive to Nvidia's offerings at the same price range. Don't forget that the Radeon HD 6790 also brings 6000-series features like Blu-ray 3D acceleration and five-output Eyefinity support down to the $150 price point.
Overall HD 6790 is a decent card, but given the current situation around the $150 segment it can not shatter the other offerings there. If you need more, you'd better look at other solutions that would be more expensive but won’t show their age quite so soon.
Gainward has added 1GB of extra memory to the GTX 560Ti with the release of the GTX 560 Ti 2048MB Phantom graphics card. By doing that, the company tried to help gamers decide in favor of its card instead of AMD's Radeon HD 6950 1GB, which was introduced by AMD as a card with with similar levels of performance and pricing as the GTX 560 Ti. Gainward's efforts have sense as the GTX 560 Ti 2GB was a s a bit faster and quieter than the 6950. Of course, this slight lead of the GTX 560 Ti 2GB was highly depending on the game, as there were also cases where the HD 6950 had also a small lead. It is obvious that AMD and Nvidia are working hard to offer products with similar performance and price. So the deciding factor seems to come down to just how much to value noise and cooling (GTX 560 Ti 2GB) versus power consumption (HD 6950), what games you play, and whether you have or plan to invest on NVIDIA's (CUDA, 3D Vision) or AMD's (Eyefinity) technologies .
The GeForce GTX 560 Ti could be a good reason to upgrade from a previous generation card (GTX 470), as it is faster and cooler. On the other hand, it would not worth buying it if you have already sporting a decent card from the last year.