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HD 7970 vs R9 280X - Worth the $70 price difference? (render/gaming rig multi-monitor)

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October 15, 2013 10:40:04 PM

7970 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL101513&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL101513-_-EMC-101513-Index-_-DesktopGraphicsVideoCards-_-14202008-L09C

2 slots
4 ports mismatch
cheap(ish)
supports 4k

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R9 280X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121805

3 slots
6 ports (4 are same)
shiny and new (faster?)
supports 2k (maybe 4k?)

price difference is $70.00 USD

The cards will be used in a render PC and games will be played.
1-4 monitors will be used (usually 3 minimum)

Is the price difference worth it, or should i go for the cheaper card?
I like that the ASUS has 4 same video output types instead of mismatch, but i like the price of the 7970.

Recommendations and thoughts?
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to be used with

Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
16GB 1600Mhz RAM

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October 15, 2013 10:45:50 PM

Yes; the HD 7970 is a great card. The main selling point is: how much do you care about the three free games provided with the purchase of the HD 7970? If you do, then buy the HD 7970 because it is a very good card (only about 5% weaker) and you get three games worth $100 for free.
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October 15, 2013 10:48:25 PM

ksham said:
Yes; the HD 7970 is a great card. The main selling point is: how much do you care about the three free games provided with the purchase of the HD 7970? If you do, then buy the HD 7970 because it is a very good card (only about 5% weaker) and you get three games worth $100 for free.


I don't care about the free games--I already own them all T_T
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is the OpenGL and DirectX a hardware limitation or is that something that can be upgraded?

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October 15, 2013 10:53:31 PM

Then pick the R9 280X. More like software limitation than hardware. The R9 removes that with allowing direct access to its API.
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October 15, 2013 10:57:27 PM

ksham said:
Then pick the R9 280X. More like software limitation than hardware. The R9 removes that with allowing direct access to its API.


awesome thanks : D

Do you think it might be cheaper near black friday, or should i just grab it?
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so would that eat up 3 PCI slots on my mobo, or am i misunderstanding how PCI slots work?
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October 15, 2013 11:13:12 PM

It'll use one slot, but takes up two because of its size.
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October 15, 2013 11:18:22 PM

ksham said:
It'll use one slot, but takes up two because of its size.


isn't it [ASUS] a 3 peg card?
do GFX cards take up 1 less slot than they have pegs? (so 3 is 2 and 2 is 1?)
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October 15, 2013 11:24:36 PM

No; that's just the interface which determines the bandwidth. It requires a 3.0 x16 slot, but a 2.0 x16 will be fine as well. I probably didn't say it too clearly. I was trying to say that the card will take up two expansion slots.
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October 15, 2013 11:28:59 PM

ksham said:
No; that's just the interface which determines the bandwidth. It requires a 3.0 x16 slot, but a 2.0 x16 will be fine as well. I probably didn't say it too clearly. I was trying to say that the card will take up two expansion slots.


just curious--why does the card take up 2 slots and not 3? mobo or card "feature"?
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found this on ASUS's site
"To have the best cooling performance, ASUS MATRIX-R9280X-P-3GD5 extends the fansink to 2.5 slots."
http://www.asus.com/us/Graphics_Cards/MATRIXR9280XP3GD5/

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October 15, 2013 11:35:12 PM

The card isn't big enough to take up 3 slots. Graphics cards take up two expansion slots because of its bulk. Go look at a picture of one. But I just think that you are confused.
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October 15, 2013 11:37:18 PM

ksham said:
The card isn't big enough to take up 3 slots. Graphics cards take up two expansion slots because of its bulk. Go look at a picture of one. But I just think that you are confused.


found some more reference images--not many around as its new : \
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thanks for your help so far : )
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