AMD Radeon HD 7990

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How well can the Radeon HD 7990 run games
27 Jul 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon HD 7990 graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon HD 7990 graphics card, when running 2021 more popular games, lets us see what type of FPS this card gets when playing at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions and ultra settings. 273 games can be played by this graphics card of the 1000 most demanding games being played by PC gamers today.

A Radeon HD 7990 card at 1080p is predicted to see a playable frame rate when running Battlefield 6 on Ultra - 36 FPS. Lets look at the predicted performance it will get on Far Cry 6 which is 25 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Grand Theft Auto VI is predicted to perform on this hardware, which gets a weak 22 FPS.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon HD 7990 by researching Battlefield 6 leading us to predict a playable performance. Its FPS predictions for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 50FPS, M: 39FPS, H: 34FPS, U: 27FPS. Another popular game we researched with this card was Far Cry 6 and that was weak. This graphics card is predicted to deliver 19 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Grand Theft Auto VI which is predicted to get weak results with a 17FPS on Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon HD 7990 is going to struggle to keep a solid FPS, but a modern game could have a few options tweaked to get it playable at this res but on low graphics settings.

How many years will the Radeon HD 7990 graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 7990 in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon HD 7990? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon HD 7990 would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 759 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 31% better performance. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon HD 7990 then a good choice would be R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB as this is better than 898 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 40% better performance as well.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
The Radeon HD 7990 was released on 23 Apr 2013

Radeon HD 7990 Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon HD 7990
GCN 1.0 Malta (x2)
Texture Rate
256 GTexel/s
32 (x2)
Pixel Rate
64 GPixel/s
Processing Units
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
6144 MB
Memory Speed
1500 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
950 MHz
Boost Clock
1000 MHz
Max Power
375 Watts
750 Watt & 50 Amps
Power Connector
2x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
16 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1600
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
Radeon HD 7990 Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon HD 7990 is a Dual-Graphics Solution based on the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off.
GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.

It equips two GPUs Codenamed Tahiti XT which together have 64 Compute Units activated and thus offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 950MHz and goes up 1000MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Each GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5 Memory, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1500MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 375W, it requires at least a 750W PSU with two available 8-pin connectors.

Radeon HD 7990 Competes with GeForce GTX 690 and proves to be considerably faster at resolutions over 2560x1600.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 7990 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a Very Strong Processor (Intel Core i7 Quad Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

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Radeon HD 7990 vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Grand Theft Auto VI 7% 47%
Resident Evil 8 32% 36%
Battlefield 2042 39% 36%
New World 44% 7%
The Ascent 55% 83%
Far Cry 6 7% 51%
FIFA 22 62% 47%
Forza Horizon 5 44% 18%
Age of Empires IV 63% 5%
Halo Infinite 39% 36%
Radeon HD 7990 Extras
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