single 280x vs 2 CF 270x

Hey guys,

this is the choice for my graphics, so please advise. Consider that with discounts I come to almost same price:

1. GIGABYTERadeon R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 GV-R928XOC-3GD


2. Crossfire of 2x SAPPHIRE DUAL-X R9 270 2GB GDDR5

The only use for this configuration is BF4 mp, playing in full HD.

CPU (if its of any concern) is 8320 OCd to 4.5.

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  1. Try to always go for the single best card you can afford before Xfire.

  2. You really want to avoid using a Crossfire configuration when you're upgrading. Unless you already have an R9 270X, don't buy it. It will perform better than a single R9 280X, but it will add unwanted power consumption and heat output. Not to mention, microstuttering and inconsistent optimization in games will make it a bad investment if you decide to opt that route at first.

    The best configuration is a single, powerful card. Crossfire and SLI are best used when you want to make an economic upgrade. For example, I have a Radeon HD 7870 and recently bought another one for $150. I'll be adding that into my system and running both of them in Crossfire. That's how you should do it. Buy an R9 280X now, and then later on, rather than trying to sell it second-hand and buy a more powerful card, just buy another R9 280X.
  3. agreed the 280x now then CF it later on.
  4. If it was strictly between those two cards I'd get the Sapphire R9 270 just to avoid the Gigabyte cooler. I've seen too many issues (of various other people) with the Windforce cooler to trust it anymore.

    R9 270 Crossfire will definitely outperform a 280x, but as Novuake said it practically stops you from further upgrade without throwing both cards away. Crossfire is also not perfect, many games don't use it or don't give much performance for the second card.

    Maybe consider another 280x.
  5. Yes, I thought a single card is always a better solution, just that have the opportunity to get better performance for same $, but will go with the 280x.

    Thank you all for the input.
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