HIS 7790 iCooler Turbo 1GB GDDR5 Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2013-05-20

The new HIS 7790 iCooler Turbo card is well balanced and recommended to people on a tighter budget who will want to upgrade their old GPU in order to be able to play the latest games on monitors up to 24’’. The cooling system is simpler compared to the offerings from XFX or PowerColor and an overclocking utility is supplied on the HIS website for added value.

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A Closer Look Contd.

We have mentioned an envelope before right? Well, after opening it we will discover inside a disk with the necessary drivers, one multilingual Quick Installation Guide, but also a small HIS sticker:




The card comes fully wrapped inside an anti-static bag:




After its removal, we will be able to take a better look at the board; as you can surely remember, our previous 7790 reviews featuring cards from XFX and Powercolor, the cards had dual-fan cooling systems. HIS has decided that a single fan would suffice, by using a large circular heatsink on the GPU; the card is also covered by a black plastic shroud:




As the HIS 7750 card we have reviewed last year, the fan is colored blue, with the HIS logo in the middle:




By looking on the lateral with the PCI-Express interface, we will find that in the area with the heatsink we have some small ventilation gaps:




On the back side of the board, we will locate the familiar 4-pin fan connector but also the single 6-pin PCI-Express power connector:



The opposite side of the card is identical, but as an extra, the manufacturer has also placed a Turbo sticker in the middle:




The PCB of the HIS 7790 is not as long and the plastic cover exceeds the dimensions of the printed circuit board itself:




On the front we will find a small ventilation grill, along with one DisplayPort connector, a single HDMI connector and two DVIs:




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Comment from jmke @ 2013/05/20
is there a 2GB version of the 7790? with multi monitor setup's having only 1GB can be a bottleneck
Comment from Stefan Mileschin @ 2013/05/21
As far as I can see, there is no 2GB version, but anyway, I wouldn't bother gaming in a multi-monitor setup with a single 7790 since the results would be quite choppy. For a single 24'' monitor with medium and sometimes high settings it could work fine (considering that you also have a powerful CPU in order to gain a tiny amount of frames too and to avoid any limitations).