Finally among our benchmark suite we have Wolfenstein, the most recent game to be released using the id Software Tech 4 engine. All things considered it’s not a very graphically intensive game, but at this point it’s the most recent OpenGL title available. It’s more than likely the entire OpenGL landscape will be thrown upside-down once id releases Rage later this year.

Wolfenstein is easy enough to run that even the 6790 can just about hit 60fps at 1920. Even so its performance relative to other cards is quite poor. It’s 20% behind the 6850, and 13% behind the GTX 460 768MB. Even its showing against the Radeon HD 5770 is poorer than usual – it’s around 5% faster at either resolution.

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  • Belard - Tuesday, April 05, 2011 - link

    Actually - AMD's 3000~5000 have been rather consistent. The 6000s is kind of like the 2000s. They should have stuck with the 3-5 series, everything would have made more sense.

    So that the 6850 should have been the 6750 since its not really better than an actual 5850. They said they did this to not cause confusion with the 5700 series which was not to be replaced - but INSTEAD ended up being relabeled into the 6600~6700s for the OEM market. The new "AMD" GPU first step with their branded was stupid and confusing. Not impressed.

    Nvidia? Those nut-jobs are master at confusion.
    GTX / GT / GTS are meaningless, especially in front of a model number. Seriously, to say "GeForce GTX 550 Ti" is plain stupid. "GeForce 550" is all that is needed or "Geforce 5 GTX, Geforce 5 GT etc".

    Are there GF GTX 560 and a GF GT 560 and a GF GTS 560? Uh, no.

    What happen to the Geforce 300 series? Oh yeah - OEM relabeled bottom end GF200 series. They skipped into the 400 series. Then there is the GF465 and GF 465 768MB... which is more than JUST a memory difference. They should have called it the 465 (with 1GB) and 460 (with 768) since there is ALWAYS a performance hit with the 768mb version of the card.
    Then Nvidia brings back the "TI" tag to remind us OLD TIMERS of the days of excellent GF4000 series... which is idiotic as hell.

    What?! Is there a GF 550 and a GF 550TI? Screw that, I want the NON TI version because its faster. Oh yeah, its just a few letters suck on the end that are meaningless.

    The GF 500 series is the exact same tech as the GF400 series, but fully functional. ie: fixed. But calling them the 500 series makes them look better / newer.

    I expect Nvidia to have the "GeForce GTX 785 TI Ultra" on the market around March 2012.
  • kedesh - Tuesday, April 05, 2011 - link

    my question is, can i crossfire this card up with my current one (5750)? consitering i have the correct motherboard? no where on the internet can i find an answer. Reply
  • WhatsTheDifference - Tuesday, April 05, 2011 - link

    is the 4890 excluded from ALL benchies? the problem is...? ban the 285 from just one article and we'll witness just exactly what?

  • Lex Luger - Thursday, April 07, 2011 - link

    There hasnt been much improvement with video cards since the 90 nm 8800 GTX and GTS.

    Those were probalby the greatest cards ever in terms of performance boost vs the previous generation.
  • slickr - Thursday, April 07, 2011 - link

    What is the point testing a mediocre graphic card at 1600 and higher resolutions?

    Most people are going to be playing at lower resolutions with that graphic card and their PC's are certainly not Core I 950 with 12GB ram, so they would be playing at resolutions of 1200x1024 or 1400x1050.

    I mean we need more realistic representation of these cards and not some scenario that would never happen.
  • shady28 - Friday, April 08, 2011 - link

    Seems GPUs are dead on the PC until and unless something that can actually use them comes along.

    I agree with a previous poster - the 8800GT / GTS series was 'good enough'. There are only a handfull of games that really need anything more, so now all these cards are relegated to a niche market.

    Now tablet GPUs, that's a different story, but people are still mostly developing for the lowest common denominator there too.
  • IloveCharleneChoi - Friday, April 08, 2011 - link

    I don‘t care more about HD6790 and 550TI,The cards new released are usually expensive . hd6850 here is less than $150 in Nanjing,China.HD6850 can do better than GTX460 in many games,and of course it can beat 6790 or 550TI.SO WHY CHOOSE 6790? Reply
  • iamezza - Sunday, April 10, 2011 - link

    Thanks Ryan for another great article :)

    I can't believe all the fruit loops posting in the comments here!
  • thenemesis2 - Monday, October 03, 2011 - link

    I this the best card for mild gaming on a Shuttle SandyBridge box with only one 6 pci-e connector and 300w psu? Reply

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