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r9-290x a big overkill for 1920x1080?

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October 20, 2013 12:15:35 PM

Should i go with r9 270x- r9 280x or r9-290x for that resolution!? I can't upgrade for 4 years from now perhaps, and i want to be on the safe side...my psu is 730 w bronze 53 ampres, do you think this psu is capable of running 1x r9-290x!? thank you in advance for any information you can provide me with
October 20, 2013 1:31:18 PM

First off, your PSU is well capable. As for your main question, it depends. The 270x will probably not max out all games at 1080p, the 280x will currently to almost every game and the 290x will for sure on every game. One option you are omitting is the 290(non-x). It should be priced at $500 and trade blows/probably beat the GTX 780. It all depends on what you want to spend. Remember that you can always add a second GPU in the future if you feel that you need some extra power. Let me know if you have any more questions!
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October 20, 2013 1:41:10 PM

kirilmatthew said:
First off, your PSU is well capable. As for your main question, it depends. The 270x will probably not max out all games at 1080p, the 280x will currently to almost every game and the 290x will for sure on every game. One option you are omitting is the 290(non-x). It should be priced at $500 and trade blows/probably beat the GTX 780. It all depends on what you want to spend. Remember that you can always add a second GPU in the future if you feel that you need some extra power. Let me know if you have any more questions!

well thanks, I can't seem to find anything regarding r9-290 do you think it will be released the day r9-290x is going to be released!? and one more question!! r9-280x uses mantle!! do you think it is a big improvement over 7970ghz edition...I can buy 7970ghz tonight and start playing, but i should wait a month so that r9-280x shows up here

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October 20, 2013 1:50:16 PM

7xxx series also will be using Mantle. 7970 and 280x are the exact same card with different names,
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October 20, 2013 2:09:23 PM

Darkresurrection said:
kirilmatthew said:
First off, your PSU is well capable. As for your main question, it depends. The 270x will probably not max out all games at 1080p, the 280x will currently to almost every game and the 290x will for sure on every game. One option you are omitting is the 290(non-x). It should be priced at $500 and trade blows/probably beat the GTX 780. It all depends on what you want to spend. Remember that you can always add a second GPU in the future if you feel that you need some extra power. Let me know if you have any more questions!

well thanks, I can't seem to find anything regarding r9-290 do you think it will be released the day r9-290x is going to be released!? and one more question!! r9-280x uses mantle!! do you think it is a big improvement over 7970ghz edition...I can buy 7970ghz tonight and start playing, but i should wait a month so that r9-280x shows up here



As mentioned above, Mantle is available on all GCN cards (7xxx and 8xxx discreet cards and kabini/temash/kaveri iGPUs). I recommend getting the 7970 over the 280x because they are identical and the 7970 is cheaper. The 290 should be available at the same time as the 290x. All other R9/R7 cards are available today.
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October 20, 2013 2:37:07 PM

If you're not upgrading for 4 years, buy the absolute best you can afford. The 780/290X is overkill for 1080p right now, but they will be low end cards in 4 years.
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October 20, 2013 2:57:21 PM

yyk71200 said:
7xxx series also will be using Mantle. 7970 and 280x are the exact same card with different names,


BigMack70 said:
If you're not upgrading for 4 years, buy the absolute best you can afford. The 780/290X is overkill for 1080p right now, but they will be low end cards in 4 years.


No Nvidia nor Intel!!! speak AMD pls,
;) ...just an allergy!!! lol how about going r9-280x or 7970 ghz and saving some money and upgrading two years later!? is it any wiser?
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October 20, 2013 6:10:23 PM

hafijur said:
BigMack70 said:
If you're not upgrading for 4 years, buy the absolute best you can afford. The 780/290X is overkill for 1080p right now, but they will be low end cards in 4 years.


They definately won't be cosidered low end cards in 4 years time. They would be mid-high end 4 years time. r9 280x isn't a big overkill for 1080p, I would say its needed for the new next gen games coming out to crank details up at 60fps. 2-3 years time you will be glad you had that power though.


What the heck are you smoking? Do you know what the best single GPU card was 4 years ago? It was a GTX 280. Know what that's equal to today? Give or take, a 7770 to a 7790.

A high end GPU today is a low end GPU in 4 years. Sorry. That's how PC gaming works.

Also, we're talking about the 290X, not the 280X.
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October 20, 2013 8:41:08 PM

A 780 will definitely be out dated in 4 years, with the rise of high resolutions on monitors being the norm , even 1080 resolution in 4 years time is going to become retro, with 1440 becoming very popular for monitors today and 4K starting to roll out , you need a a couple of 780's or titans for the latter to run these optimally to get high frame rates.
In 4 years time a 780 will become mid end, look at the advances already with AMD's 290X and just wait and see what Nvidia is going to do with their 800 series.
The performance crown gpu will always get thrown off its top rank , there's always a newer card and refresh around the corner to beat them , as you can see already Nvidia are topping their 780 with a 780ti and the newer series from both companies are being released sooner than they used to.

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October 20, 2013 8:55:56 PM

I would save a bit of money and go with the 7970/280x, then upgrade in two years. I expect plenty of reason to upgrade in two years with the release of 20nm chips
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October 21, 2013 4:25:35 AM

LightsOut23 said:
I would save a bit of money and go with the 7970/280x, then upgrade in two years. I expect plenty of reason to upgrade in two years with the release of 20nm chips


This is the much better option if it's available to you.

GPUs aren't like CPUs... the 780 is 3-4x as powerful as what was available 4 years ago. In another 4 years, there will likely be something 3-4x as powerful as the 780. Best case scenario (if we really only see one new architecture release instead of two in the next few years) in 4 years is that the 780 is equivalent to like a $200 GPU... lower-midrange

CPUs have stagnated but GPUs are a long ways off from that, and while they may be slowing down slightly, are still getting faster very quickly.
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October 21, 2013 4:56:48 AM

monsta said:
A 780 will definitely be out dated in 4 years, with the rise of high resolutions on monitors being the norm , even 1080 resolution in 4 years time is going to become retro, with 1440 becoming very popular for monitors today and 4K starting to roll out , you need a a couple of 780's or titans for the latter to run these optimally to get high frame rates.
In 4 years time a 780 will become mid end, look at the advances already with AMD's 290X and just wait and see what Nvidia is going to do with their 800 series.
The performance crown gpu will always get thrown off its top rank , there's always a newer card and refresh around the corner to beat them , as you can see already Nvidia are topping their 780 with a 780ti and the newer series from both companies are being released sooner than they used to.



HEY HEY....DUDE....SPEAK AMD OK!? I DESPISE NVIDIA, AND HELL NO NVIDIA IS LOSING SHARES, CAUSE NO ONE SEES ANY OBVIOUS REASON TO CHOOSE SOMETHING MORE EXPENSIVE WHEN AMD ROCKS!!! YOUR MONSTER 780 IS BEATEN BY R9-290X ALREADY, YOU RELEASE THE TI, AMD HAS SOMETHING ELSE FOR....
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October 21, 2013 5:03:34 AM

Relax man...sheesh , time of the month?
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October 21, 2013 5:15:31 AM

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