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The HD 6790 enters the $150 fray.

AMD is launching a new $150 mid-range card today called the HD 6790. It performs better than Nvidia's GTX 550 Ti but it ends up trading blows with Nvidia's two GTX 460 models. You are more likely to find the 768MB GTX 460 for around $150, but there are a few open box 1GB GTX 460s at Newegg right now. If you're an AMD purist however, the HD 6790 is what you need to get at this price range.

Here are the XFX and HIS models for your eye holes:

XFX and HIS HD 6790s

GPUReview's HD 6790 overclocking roundup!

Prepare for my Ultimate Attack! Oooovvvveeerrrrrrr clockinnnnnngggggg rooooouuuunnnnddddup!!

Both the clock and memory speeds can be increased by over 13% on average. That's not too shabby.

 

GPUReview's HD 6790 Overclocking Roundup.

AMD's upcoming motherboards will feature SLI.

Nvidia is very excited about this news, AMD...not so much. I checked AMD's news page and they haven't even mentioned it yet. Nvidia says they are doing it because their customers have asking for it but I am not sure that is 100% true. Nvidia cares about what makes them money and about preventing bad press.

I think Nvidia is doing this because they are facing more competition from Intel on the integrated graphics processor (IGP) front and they believe that AMD's new Bulldozer processor line will be an attractive option to PC gamers. I want to know how AMD feels about this. Do they have any say about the features that MSI, or Gigabyte can include on their AMD based motherboards? I think they have at least a little influence don't you? One things for sure though. This is a good deal in the eyes of PC gamers everywhere.

This a picture of Asus' Crosshair V Forumla motherboard from their Repuplic of Gamers line. The picture is not huge, but the SLI logo is there on the bottom.

 

Asus' Motherboard

Here are some links to what other hardware sites are saying about this news:

ars technia
PC Perspective
Legit Reviews

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