Is there much difference between the Ati R9 280X series & HD 7970Ghz E? which one should I buy?

Hi Everyone,

I was pleased with the new Ati cards coming our way however after seeing some reviews on the R9 280x, I didn't really see much improvement, I know its basically the same card but you would expect the new card to win.

I did however check the system requirements for the R9 280x Sapphire card and they recommended a typical PSU of 700Watts (OMG).

I am having some problems with my current rig as SWTOR either restarts or crashes and I either believe its the PSU failing, AMD FX 8350 over heating or my Ati 6870 Overheating.

I want to upgrade my Ati 6870 and I need to know which one to buy out of the R9 280x or HD7970?

I did expect Ati to reduce the price of their old card but most sites are listing the new R9 a cheaper option but is it worth risking it and seeing it needs a 700W PSU along side this is a heavy watt CPU 125W //// or do I risk paying a little more money for an older card? HD7970Ghz

What do you guys think? I was deciding to get the ASUS Direct CU II TOP but no listing of the PSU required.

HELP!!!!! lol :)
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  1. It doesn't need anything like 700w, 500w would do it easily, they just inflate power estimates so when people buy a $10 1000w PSU it has a better chance of working than a $7 500w PSU. The two are literally the exact same card, go with whichever is cheapest.
  2. That's a definite overstatement of Sapphire on how much you need, most other 280x's recommend 500w on their product page, the 280x is pretty much a 7970 GHz, but the 7970 GHz's are a bit more than the 280x's right now, so they seem to be the better buy...unless you factor in the free games, which makes the 7970 a better buy by far...i picked up a 7970 GHz without the games for dirt cheap and i've been very happy with it (besides a bit of coil whine). Both great cards, i'd do the 7970 GHz if you're going to buy now, but if you wait the r series are supposed to get a bundle sometime soon.
  3. You should find out what is wrong with your PC before you add any other demanding bits of hardware. Kinda dumb to ignore a re-occuring problem just to add something to it that may make it worse.
  4. vrumor said:
    You should find out what is wrong with your PC before you add any other demanding bits of hardware. Kinda dumb to ignore a re-occuring problem just to add something to it that may make it worse.


    Hi vrumor,

    Its the only game thats having this problem but I want to upgrade soon, avoiding AMD CPU and replacing my old GPU. I should of looked into the AMD more before I purchased but it being cheap its hard not to resist.
  5. If the ATI 7970 GHZ E was cheaper I would buy it but at the moment the price is still the same, I hope they will drop the price soon. PLEASE!!! lol
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