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October 13, 2013 11:56:58 AM

Hi, I'm building a new pc, and I can't choose between Gigabyte 7970 ghz (465$), Gigabyte r9 280x (399$). Is the 280x better? What is the pros and cons of the 280x? Also, what AMD GPU brand is best? Gigabyte, Sapphire or Asus?

I will be playing on a single 1080p monitor, and games like BF4, crysis, Dirt, Formula 1 2013.
Pc specs:
i5 4670k, 8 gb ram, 256gb ssd, Asus hero z87 Mobo and a 750W tx corsair PSU

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October 13, 2013 12:05:59 PM

RTDgoat said:
Hi, I'm building a new pc, and I can't choose between Gigabyte 7970 ghz (465$), Gigabyte r9 280x (399$). Is the 280x better? What is the pros and cons of the 280x? Also, what AMD GPU brand is best? Gigabyte, Sapphire or Asus?

I will be playing on a single 1080p monitor, and games like BF4, crysis, Dirt, Formula 1 2013.
Pc specs:
i5 4670k, 8 gb ram, 256gb ssd, Asus hero z87 Mobo and a 750W tx corsair PSU

Thanks



performance wise they are basically identical, I think the 280x has better power consumption and if its cheaper go with that. as with the brand I think its preference but Id prefer to get a reference card no matter what brand.
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October 13, 2013 12:38:51 PM

As far as brand for AMD/ATI I have always had really good luck with Sapphire infact they are the only manufacture I would buy any AMD/ATI GPU from.
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October 17, 2013 12:18:46 AM

Im sorry but do not listen to kooks, the 280x and the 7970 ghz are not the same performance wise, you can squeeze out 2 to 6 more fps out of the 7970 (i have tested this personally 4 days ago) also i would be very weary about the r9 and the r7 series, it is cheaper but nobody can explain why. It has almost the same performance, so it must be a very similar chip, but i would not trust that, these are basically new on the market and we still dont know what are their flaws, strengths ect.
And the biggest deal for me is that the 7970 comes with never settle deal so that means that you get to chose 3 games, and if you have all of them or are just not interested in them, you could sell them and that way your 7970 would be 40$ cheaper than the 280x.

Here are some links on newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Remember the 280x DOESN'T come with the never settle deal.

And in the end if you choose to get the 280x, i would strongly suggest you to wait 2 or 3 months, because if the card has any flaws it must show in the 3rd or 4th month of its release. Hope it helps
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October 17, 2013 8:38:21 AM

xSocrates said:
Im sorry but do not listen to kooks, the 280x and the 7970 ghz are not the same performance wise, you can squeeze out 2 to 6 more fps out of the 7970 (i have tested this personally 4 days ago) also i would be very weary about the r9 and the r7 series, it is cheaper but nobody can explain why. It has almost the same performance, so it must be a very similar chip, but i would not trust that, these are basically new on the market and we still dont know what are their flaws, strengths ect.
And the biggest deal for me is that the 7970 comes with never settle deal so that means that you get to chose 3 games, and if you have all of them or are just not interested in them, you could sell them and that way your 7970 would be 40$ cheaper than the 280x.

Here are some links on newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Remember the 280x DOESN'T come with the never settle deal.

And in the end if you choose to get the 280x, i would strongly suggest you to wait 2 or 3 months, because if the card has any flaws it must show in the 3rd or 4th month of its release. Hope it helps



ok 2-6 fps like I said identical or almost haha
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October 17, 2013 9:07:39 AM

kooks147 said:
xSocrates said:
Im sorry but do not listen to kooks, the 280x and the 7970 ghz are not the same performance wise, you can squeeze out 2 to 6 more fps out of the 7970 (i have tested this personally 4 days ago) also i would be very weary about the r9 and the r7 series, it is cheaper but nobody can explain why. It has almost the same performance, so it must be a very similar chip, but i would not trust that, these are basically new on the market and we still dont know what are their flaws, strengths ect.
And the biggest deal for me is that the 7970 comes with never settle deal so that means that you get to chose 3 games, and if you have all of them or are just not interested in them, you could sell them and that way your 7970 would be 40$ cheaper than the 280x.

Here are some links on newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Remember the 280x DOESN'T come with the never settle deal.

And in the end if you choose to get the 280x, i would strongly suggest you to wait 2 or 3 months, because if the card has any flaws it must show in the 3rd or 4th month of its release. Hope it helps



ok 2-6 fps like I said identical or almost haha


So what's the difference between the 7970 you posted above at this one for 250 bucks?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 17, 2013 10:04:47 AM

aydterracer2005 said:
kooks147 said:
xSocrates said:
Im sorry but do not listen to kooks, the 280x and the 7970 ghz are not the same performance wise, you can squeeze out 2 to 6 more fps out of the 7970 (i have tested this personally 4 days ago) also i would be very weary about the r9 and the r7 series, it is cheaper but nobody can explain why. It has almost the same performance, so it must be a very similar chip, but i would not trust that, these are basically new on the market and we still dont know what are their flaws, strengths ect.
And the biggest deal for me is that the 7970 comes with never settle deal so that means that you get to chose 3 games, and if you have all of them or are just not interested in them, you could sell them and that way your 7970 would be 40$ cheaper than the 280x.

Here are some links on newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Remember the 280x DOESN'T come with the never settle deal.

And in the end if you choose to get the 280x, i would strongly suggest you to wait 2 or 3 months, because if the card has any flaws it must show in the 3rd or 4th month of its release. Hope it helps



ok 2-6 fps like I said identical or almost haha


So what's the difference between the 7970 you posted above at this one for 250 bucks?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



the core clock the ones he posted are a lot faster and you will be able to get better performance the core clock on that one is 925 while the ghz is 1000
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October 17, 2013 10:33:00 AM

kooks147 said:
aydterracer2005 said:
kooks147 said:
xSocrates said:
Im sorry but do not listen to kooks, the 280x and the 7970 ghz are not the same performance wise, you can squeeze out 2 to 6 more fps out of the 7970 (i have tested this personally 4 days ago) also i would be very weary about the r9 and the r7 series, it is cheaper but nobody can explain why. It has almost the same performance, so it must be a very similar chip, but i would not trust that, these are basically new on the market and we still dont know what are their flaws, strengths ect.
And the biggest deal for me is that the 7970 comes with never settle deal so that means that you get to chose 3 games, and if you have all of them or are just not interested in them, you could sell them and that way your 7970 would be 40$ cheaper than the 280x.

Here are some links on newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Remember the 280x DOESN'T come with the never settle deal.

And in the end if you choose to get the 280x, i would strongly suggest you to wait 2 or 3 months, because if the card has any flaws it must show in the 3rd or 4th month of its release. Hope it helps



ok 2-6 fps like I said identical or almost haha


So what's the difference between the 7970 you posted above at this one for 250 bucks?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



the core clock the ones he posted are a lot faster and you will be able to get better performance the core clock on that one is 925 while the ghz is 1000


The cooling, power consumption, stock clock speed, ect., the xfx is probably the worst 7970 you could buy, it overheats to easy, it takes too much power, overall a worse option than the vapor-x, and believe me its worth the extra 50 to 100$
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November 30, 2013 3:06:10 PM

pokagbamo said:
If you have nothing against Nvidia, the gtx 770 is an excellent card that recently got a price drop. It's also fantastic for SLI if you want a simple upgrade in the future.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




I would still get the 7970, it is overall a little stronger card, its a bit cheaper, and also mantle is coming out and it is rumored to give you 20% to 35% performance increase, but hey it is a rumor
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January 2, 2014 8:31:28 PM

I agree. The 7970 is a good card.
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