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R9 280x, R9 290, GTX 770, What is the best price/performance card out right now?

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December 5, 2013 8:12:28 PM

Ok so the PS4 and Xbox One did not appeal to me at all so I'm switching to PC gaming. I've researched a ton and my CPU will be the i5-4670k, but I don't know the graphics card. I was first leaning towards the 280x, then I saw the 3 games with the GTX 770, (and the dramatic price cut) Then I heard about the 290, but that card seems way too hot, might wait to get a non reference 290. So what do you guys think I should do? (I won't be building this computer until around the 20th btw) Also i may SLI/Crossfire in the future and I have heard that SLI is better then crossfire.
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December 5, 2013 8:20:35 PM

You are right the GTX770 for around $300 to 330 and the 3 good free games is the way to go. The GTX 770 sames a little more refine; quieter, runs cooler and uses less power.
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December 5, 2013 8:24:27 PM

talking pure stats and benchmarks here, the 280x offers the best bang for your buck currently. As long as you get a nice aftermarket card it should cool a lot better than the stock ones. Personally Id go with the 280x. And about the sli vs xfire thing. They arn't really that different, microstutter and performance boost will be relativly the same weather you get AMD or NVidia. Ultimatly it is your choice but imo the 280x is the way to go. + I think you get bf4 free with it? Could be wrong
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December 5, 2013 8:27:57 PM

Goodeggray said:
You are right the GTX770 for around $300 to 330 and the 3 good free games is the way to go. The GTX 770 sames a little more refine; quieter, runs cooler and uses less power.


I'm sorry but I am just gonna be frank and say that the GTX 770 is the worst choice in the high end right now.

-The 280X is cheaper or the same price while offering equal performance across the board and 50% more VRAM. This VRAM is needed in recent games and will be in all future high end games.

-The 290 is only $100 more and offers double the VRAM and A TON more performance.
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December 5, 2013 9:05:28 PM

My suggestion would be to get an R9 290 next month when the non-reference coolers come out and then crossfire it 2 years later with the new crossfire technology where you don't need a CS bridge. Don't get it now though the reference design will turn your room to a desert.
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December 5, 2013 9:06:42 PM

Couldn't agree more..
CaptainTom said:
Goodeggray said:
You are right the GTX770 for around $300 to 330 and the 3 good free games is the way to go. The GTX 770 sames a little more refine; quieter, runs cooler and uses less power.


I'm sorry but I am just gonna be frank and say that the GTX 770 is the worst choice in the high end right now.

-The 280X is cheaper or the same price while offering equal performance across the board and 50% more VRAM. This VRAM is needed in recent games and will be in all future high end games.

-The 290 is only $100 more and offers double the VRAM and A TON more performance.


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January 1, 2014 7:59:17 PM

CaptainTom said:

I'm sorry but I am just gonna be frank and say that the GTX 770 is the worst choice in the high end right now.

-The 280X is cheaper or the same price while offering equal performance across the board and 50% more VRAM. This VRAM is needed in recent games and will be in all future high end games.

-The 290 is only $100 more and offers double the VRAM and A TON more performance.


I would disagree on these points. I've been looking at the R9 290s and the R9 280x for a couple months now and tracking their prices.

The R9 280x sits around the 400$ mark. The R9 290 sits around the 520$ mark. The GTX 770 ranges from 330$ to 400$+.

The 770 and the 280x perform similarly, but if you plan to dual GPU later on I would opt for the 770. Otherwise, take your pick between these two.

The R9 290 is a tricky topic because at its initial MSRP, it was meant to be sold at around 400$. Due to cryptocurrency and economics, retailers have brought the price up to above 500$. With the recent release of some aftermarket solutions, that price is 580$ as of today on Newegg.

I've personally been waiting for the R9 290s to go down in price, but it seems to be staying quite steady. As for a proposed solution to this thread, I would say go for a good GTX 770 or a cheap R9 280x (if you can find one).
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January 5, 2014 8:01:06 PM

Cybernetic said:
CaptainTom said:

I'm sorry but I am just gonna be frank and say that the GTX 770 is the worst choice in the high end right now.

-The 280X is cheaper or the same price while offering equal performance across the board and 50% more VRAM. This VRAM is needed in recent games and will be in all future high end games.

-The 290 is only $100 more and offers double the VRAM and A TON more performance.


I would disagree on these points. I've been looking at the R9 290s and the R9 280x for a couple months now and tracking their prices.

The R9 280x sits around the 400$ mark. The R9 290 sits around the 520$ mark. The GTX 770 ranges from 330$ to 400$+.

The 770 and the 280x perform similarly, but if you plan to dual GPU later on I would opt for the 770. Otherwise, take your pick between these two.

The R9 290 is a tricky topic because at its initial MSRP, it was meant to be sold at around 400$. Due to cryptocurrency and economics, retailers have brought the price up to above 500$. With the recent release of some aftermarket solutions, that price is 580$ as of today on Newegg.

I've personally been waiting for the R9 290s to go down in price, but it seems to be staying quite steady. As for a proposed solution to this thread, I would say go for a good GTX 770 or a cheap R9 280x (if you can find one).


-The 290 is roughly as strong as a Titan and has more VRAM than a 780. It costing the same as a 780 is only fair (not that I like it).

-The 770 is starved for VRAM (Like most Nvidia cards), so personally it just isn't an option in the 2GB configuration. The 280X is too espensive right now and thus I would wait for the 280X to drop in price. But it might not considering how the R series is currently crushing the 700 series.

-The only great choice IMO is the 4GB 270X for $230. That's quite a steal considering it is less than the $250 760 and offers twice the VRAM for only a 5-10% drop in performance. Crossfire two of those and you got 780 Ti performance for 290 prices!
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January 5, 2014 8:39:48 PM

Get the r9 290. Its the only NEW card and by the end of this month, mantle will come out giving thiscard a 15% performance increase
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