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R9 290x overkill for 1920x1080

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October 29, 2013 1:54:44 PM

should i simply grab r9-280x for this resolution and which brand and model, or simply put, grab r9-290x?
CPU: FX 8350

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October 29, 2013 2:01:46 PM

Samuel25 said:
should i simply grab r9-280x for this resolution and which brand and model, or simply put, grab r9-290x?
CPU: FX 8350


Save the money and purchase the R9-280X. I have the R9-290X and that resolution. I noticed a 5 - 10 FPS increase in the games that I play.. but most of the games I play are CPU intensive.

I read a few reviews online and the R9-290X is designed for 1440P or higher gaming. The R9-280X will more then enough for 1080P gaming.
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October 29, 2013 2:03:17 PM

Also keep in mind there will be a R9-290 (non-x) released soon.
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October 29, 2013 2:14:45 PM

jkhoward said:
Samuel25 said:
should i simply grab r9-280x for this resolution and which brand and model, or simply put, grab r9-290x?
CPU: FX 8350


Save the money and purchase the R9-280X. I have the R9-290X and that resolution. I noticed a 5 - 10 FPS increase in the games that I play.. but most of the games I play are CPU intensive.

I read a few reviews online and the R9-290X is designed for 1440P or higher gaming. The R9-280X will more then enough for 1080P gaming.


smeezekitty said:
Also keep in mind there will be a R9-290 (non-x) released soon.

what games do you play for example!? I want to play games on ultra settings, I can cope with lowering anti-alising or filterings, but lowering texture details, shadow qualities etc is my red line...do you think r9-280x is capable of giving such performance, for example in crysis 3
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October 29, 2013 2:16:28 PM

smeezekitty said:
Also keep in mind there will be a R9-290 (non-x) released soon.

any speculations about its price range, release date?! and do you think it's a better option for my resolution, or should i stick with r9-280x...

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October 29, 2013 2:18:20 PM

a 7970 is also a good buy at under 300 bucks and will do fine. The only reason to want a 290x is if you plan on adding 2 other monitors to your mix. Truth be told the 7870 xt/7950/270 are just fine at 1080p. If your getting a new gpu try and aim for 3 gigs of ram...a 7950 or 7970 or 280x.
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October 29, 2013 2:22:24 PM

I play StarCraft 2 and Guild Wars 2.. World of Warcraft from time to time.. nothing really that taxes this card to even 50% but I still, well not GW2, but yeah.. it is an overkill for the games that I play. I came from two 7970 and honestly.. didn't see any difference for the most part other than what I just said.

Save the cash and buy the 7970 or the R9-280X!
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October 29, 2013 2:29:52 PM

Samuel25 said:
smeezekitty said:
Also keep in mind there will be a R9-290 (non-x) released soon.

any speculations about its price range, release date?! and do you think it's a better option for my resolution, or should i stick with r9-280x...


Perhaps $400-$450 but nobody knows for sure yet.
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October 29, 2013 2:30:25 PM

jkhoward said:
I play StarCraft 2 and Guild Wars 2.. World of Warcraft from time to time.. nothing really that taxes this card to even 50% but I still, well not GW2, but yeah.. it is an overkill for the games that I play. I came from two 7970 and honestly.. didn't see any difference for the most part other than what I just said.

Save the cash and buy the 7970 or the R9-280X!

which R9-280x Sapphire Toxic? ASUS Matrix? I am confused...and besides a final question will this card serve me for 2 years at least?
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October 29, 2013 2:33:18 PM

jkhoward , for those games of course that card is an overkill.... The R9-280x is a bit better than my GTX 760, that i use on the same CPU FX8350, Crysis 3 you can play all maxed out except for the AA that i kept at 1x , keeping it off makes Crysis look like crap with all those textures and zig zag edges. Can`t tell at what framerates because i unistalled it some time ago. I think the R9-290x will do better in heavy graphics games like Crysis 3 / Battlefield 4
And keep in mind with that card you can later buy a 27" 2560*1440 monitor and have no worries of lowering details, with a 280X you will feel the card trying to keep up there.
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October 29, 2013 2:34:04 PM

Samuel25 said:
jkhoward said:
I play StarCraft 2 and Guild Wars 2.. World of Warcraft from time to time.. nothing really that taxes this card to even 50% but I still, well not GW2, but yeah.. it is an overkill for the games that I play. I came from two 7970 and honestly.. didn't see any difference for the most part other than what I just said.

Save the cash and buy the 7970 or the R9-280X!

which R9-280x Sapphire Toxic? ASUS Matrix? I am confused...and besides a final question will this card serve me for 2 years at least?


The Sapphire Toxic/FleX tend to be the better overclockers but run hotter. The Saphire Vapor X is designed to run cooler with a mild overclock. (I had two 7970 Sapphire FleX cards and they never ran hot at all)

You really can't go wrong with either of the cards.

Vapor X / FleX will probably overclock the same but the Vapor X will run cooler.

The Toxic will overclock the best but be the hottest.
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