MSI Releases 2 GB HD 7790 OC Graphics Card

MSI has already released its HD 7790 card, but now it is bringing a model with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory to the shelves (the standard HD 7790 design features only 1 GB).

The HD 7790 2 GB OC, otherwise known as the R7790-2GD5/OC, features a custom PCB and cooler. This cooler is made of an array of aluminum fins, as well as two copper heat pipes, and air is pushed through by a 100 mm fan.

The card will have a clock speed of 1050 MHz, and the 2 GB of memory will run at an effective speed of 6 GHz, through a 128-bit memory interface. The card's connectivity is handled by an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, and two DVI ports. It is powered by just one 6-pin PCIe power connector.

So far, there has been no word on pricing or availability.

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • Maxx_Power
    Hmm, locally priced above the XFX HD 7850 sometimes....
  • vmem
    hmm, how well can a 7790 utilize that extra 1GB of memory? I call for benchmarks!
  • zooted
    Yeah, I don't think they extra gb will be that beneficial. Even the 7850 doesn't have that much of an effect of the extra vram.
  • TheBigTroll
    this is more for marketing for people who dont really know their computer hardware. its already a known fact that low end GPUs cant use the extra vrm properly any ways
  • rolli59
    HD7850 benefits from 2GB with eye candy turned on and so does this XFX 7790 with 2GB.
    Whether it is worth the price uplift is another story.
  • jaber2
    Its a waste of GDD5 memory
  • m32
    I saw an review on the 2GB card. It really doesn't improve performance that much.
  • the1kingbob
    When looking at benchmarks between the two, make sure the clock rates are the same. rolli59 link shows several percent different in benchmarks, but the graphics is clocked higher and the ram is clocked higher.
    Personally my 1gig version will clock to 1.2GHz, but the ram hates being overclocked. I doubt the price will make it a pick over the 1gig model or a 7850, but hard to argue with options!