MSI HD 7790 1GB GDDR5 OC (R7790-1GD5/OC) Graphic Card Review

Yet another HD 7790 graphic card, this time from MSI.

MSI HD 7790 1GB GDDR5 OC (R7790-1GD5/OC) Graphic Card Review

Unlike the other HD7790 that I reviewed earlier, the MSI’s heatsink is simple. It comes with a single fan but holds wider area. Below, is the view from the top.

MSI HD 7790 1GB GDDR5 OC (R7790-1GD5/OC) Graphic Card Review

On the next photo, you’ll see how the heatpipes and heatsink stretches upward beyond the PCB.

MSI HD 7790 1GB GDDR5 OC (R7790-1GD5/OC) Graphic Card Review

Dual-link DVI-I x 1
Dual-link DVI-D x 1
DisplayPort x 1 (version 1.2)
HDMI x 1 (version 1.4a)

Full details at the Offical Product Page

Here’s the GPU-Z detail of the card.

MSI HD 7790 1GB GDDR5 OC (R7790-1GD5/OC) Graphic Card Review

Test Setup

Processor Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM Avexir Core Series 4GB DDR3-1600
Motherboard ASRock Z87E-ITX
Cooler Cooler Master Seidon 120M
Monitor 40″ LCD TV
Power Supply Xigmatek NRP-PC602 600w
Casing Sharkoon Tauron
Operating System Windows 8 Pro 64bit
Driver AMD Catalyst (HD7790 dedicated driver)


There’s a change in the benchmark system. The 2 new benchmarks used at are Resident Evil 6 and Just Cause 2. All the benchmark titles have numbers!!!

Bear in mind that the card is pre-overclocked, so I will state OC to refer to what it is and OC+ to refer to the added overclock (Core at 1200Mhz)

Metro 2033

Metro 2033

Card 1080p (avg) 720p (avg)
MSI HD 7790 36.5 67.5
Sapphire HD 7790 OC 38.0 68.5
Sapphire HD 7790 OC+ 39.5 71.0
Sapphire HD 5870 Toxic 41.5

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0

Card 1080p (avg) 720p (avg)
MSI HD 7790 24.4 50.5
Sapphire HD 7790 OC 25 51.1
Sapphire HD 7790 OC+ 26 53.8
Sapphire HD 5870 Toxic 27.6

Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6

Card 1080p (score) 720p (score)
MSI HD 7790 5619 9343
Sapphire HD 7790 OC 5748 9441
Sapphire HD 7790 OC+ 6125 10033

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2

Scene Card 1080p (avg) 720p (avg)
Dark Tower MSI HD 7790 53.7 95.7
Sapphire HD 7790 OC 55.12 97.01
Sapphire HD 7790 OC+ 57.34 101.32
Desert Sunrise MSI HD 7790 73.93 122.79
Sapphire HD 7790 OC 75.05 123.97
Sapphire HD 7790 OC+ 78.89 131.30
Concrete Jungle MSI HD 7790 45.49 74.68
Sapphire HD 7790 OC 46.53 71.22
Sapphire HD 7790 OC+ 47.84 100.69


Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

On idle, the fan runs at 21% and temperature of the card was at 36c.

Below is the full load details.

Card Idle(°C) Load (°C)
Sapphire HD 7790 OC 31 57


It runs just like any other HD 7790, and it looks neat too. Price is on the high side, around RM 550 – 570 range, that’s about RM 80 more than the Sapphire’s Dual-X card is. On the plus side, MSI offers 3 years warranty instead of just 1. As to whether you should spend additional RM 80 for warranty period, it’s entirely your call.

Oh and one last thing, this card does 1200 Mhz on core too. 🙂

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  1. Did you purchase and test it or borrow from someone? How is it compared to 7850 Sapphire 2GB OC. Also, is it worth purchasing this over 7790 since just add abit more to be even better than this card. Finally, does 7790 comes with accessories, if yes, what are they?

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    Itwas from MSI.

    The HD 7850 would perform better. HD 7790’s strength would be the close to HD 7850 performance but with far less power consumption.

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