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sapphire R9 280X Vapor-x vs sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-x

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October 15, 2013 1:07:43 PM

So i have finally come around and decided to buy a new gpu, and i narrowed down my choice to the R9 280X and the HD 7950 both vapor-x editions.

I started looking at my local stores to see what are the prices and i came to find out that they are both 275 euros, i have checked 4 times, and gone to the stores, so the prices are correct, but that boggles my mind, since what i found out from my research is that the 280X is basically the HD 7970 Ghz edition, can somebody please explain what is the deal with this, and which one would you recommend.

Here are the links to the gear:
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And as stated before i checked 4 times about the price, and one of those was in person.
Im sorry if i have done something wrong in the post since this is my first time posting, I would also like to thank anyone in advance for replying.

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October 15, 2013 1:16:36 PM

The 280X and 7970ghz are the same chip. A reference 280X is slightly less performance to a 7970ghz in performance due to clock speed diffs. But the 280X Vapor-X should be an excellent card and is better than the 7950 you linked for the same price. The review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-280x-r9-2...

And that vapor-X 280X will likely OC a bit more too.
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October 15, 2013 1:27:25 PM

larkspur said:
The 280X and 7970ghz are the same chip. A reference 280X is slightly less performance to a 7970ghz in performance due to clock speed diffs. But the 280X Vapor-X should be an excellent card and is better than the 7950 you linked for the same price. The review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-280x-r9-2...

And that vapor-X 280X will likely OC a bit more too.


Thank you for the quick answer, also one more thing, will the card run on a 550w psu, or do i need to update to something stronger, i heard that the power requirements that amd gave are not really correct.
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October 15, 2013 1:39:02 PM

If it is a QUALITY 550w PSU then it will be fine with a 280X. If it is generic junk then you should get a quality PSU.
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October 15, 2013 1:49:06 PM

larkspur said:
If it is a QUALITY 550w PSU then it will be fine with a 280X. If it is generic junk then you should get a quality PSU.


Its an Antec one, so it should be a quality psu
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October 15, 2013 1:52:20 PM

Yeah, then you should be fine. Have fun!
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October 15, 2013 2:11:29 PM

Im also getting an fx-6300, and would you recommend i oc them both with the current psu, or should i upgrade that one too.
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October 15, 2013 2:32:11 PM

The Antec 550w will handle both just fine.
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October 15, 2013 2:52:48 PM

I recently purchased the r9 280x. I must say, this card is excellent. I decided to build a computer and I was sure I wanted a GTX 760, until this came out at a very competitive price (I paid $299.99 at Microcenter and received 3 AMD rewards cards because they were trying to get rid of them).

It installed great, afterburner and the gaming app are great. I just played Bioshock Infinite at maxed graphics @ 1080 and the max GPU temp was 64 degrees at stock clocking. FWIW I bought the MSI Twin Frozr model. Even on "cool mode" which runs the fans at 100% it is still fairly quiet.

Good luck on your purchase, but I must recommend the 280X for performance per dollar, as well as the (most likely) longevity of quality due to it being a new release with AMD being on top of their drivers. I am running it through a 650W Corsair PSU.
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