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Is the R9 280X future proof?

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October 19, 2013 2:03:12 PM

I'm going to be building a new gaming rig pretty soon and plan on picking up a 280X for the gpu. With the new consoles coming out later this year, is a 280X future-proof at least for the next couple of years? Eventually, I'll probably crossfire two 280Xs doubling the power, but until that point, I want to make sure that the gpu will be able to run all games on high-ultra settings with 60 (or close to) fps. Any thoughts?

Also: Is the gtx 770 any better than a 280X?

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October 19, 2013 2:10:22 PM

280X will probably run everything except the most demanding games (think Crysis 3) at max settings, 1080p, at 60+ FPS for the next year or two.

GTX 770 is faster than the 280X, but 280X beats it in performance per dollar.
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October 19, 2013 2:10:29 PM

The short answer is yes your rig will be future proof with two 280X GPUs. Unless you go to a massive number of screens or dual 4K gaming you'll be absolutely fine for about three years, maybe longer.

If you look at the anandtech benchmarks it shows that depending on clock speed and game the 770 and 280X trade blows making them about even in performance. http://anandtech.com/show/7400/the-radeon-r9-280x-revie...
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October 19, 2013 2:16:19 PM

There is no such thing as "future proof" in this arena (Mid-High range graphics cards), in a year and half or two, it will be like a 570 or 6970 is today. For one, it is a rebadged 7970GHz, which is in turn based on the two-year-old 7970, which once held the crown. It is a definitely a good buy, much better overall in perf/dollar than the 770. Not being future proof is not a bad thing, chances are, they will save you money, spending $650+ every 3 years is going to be more expensive than getting a $300 card and upgrading every 2 years.
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October 19, 2013 2:16:32 PM

The Tahiti chip used in the R9 280X is the exact same as the one used in the 7970, a card which was released almost two years ago. At this point, it's a second tier GPU that already has two years of service under its belt. By Spring of 2014, the Tahiti chip will start to show its age and the R9 280X will be a mid-level video card. Still a powerful chip, but definitely slipping in terms of relative performance at this point and in the near future.
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