Guys, he wants it for maya. The 280x will blow both the GK106/GK104 cards away. Only GK110 trades blows with GCN in rendering and compute.
MAYA AND MAX = R9 280X .... happing modeling ^.^
Have you tried it with maya before ? Sorry for the question but I just need to know if some one tried it before to get a trustful response, as I'm hoping not to be throwing my money on a card that I won't use !
It depends on features you use on Maya. Do you render with cuda enabled plugins or do you use physx related plugins like mparticle or mcloth or mrigid? then you should go for Nvidia. Otherwise go for AMD.
I'm a 3Ds Max 2014 user and when I searched about it's features and saw that many things in Max is supported by Nvidia, and even Mental Ray and iRay producer (Mental Images Company) is bought by Nvidia I've changed my mind and went to Geforce GTX Titan.
So if you don't mind I'm getting you some advice... Nvidia and Autodesk now are co-working on many serious features, so be careful with your choice if you are going to use that card for a long time.
I have an AMD 7970 and I am using Maya 2014 in Windows 8.1 and it works fine. I don't know about any nvidia card since i don't have any.
What I want to say though, is that you should enable the Viewport 2.0 rendering viewport with DirectX 11 NOT with OpenGL. The performance difference is quite big.
To do that go to: Window>>Settings>>Preferences>>Display>>Viewport 2.0 rendering engine: DirectX 11
Then restart Maya. Once you get back in, go to your viewport menu: Renderer>>select Viewport 2.0
It should now say "Viewport 2.0 (DirectX 11)" at the top of your viewport
A small example about the performance difference is the following:
1. When moving a selected object of ~25K polys with shaded mode. DirectX 17-18fps, OpenGL 6-7fps (i had it focused)
2. When moving an entire scene of ~50K polys with shaded mode: DirectX 90-120fps, OpenGL 50-60fps (i had it zoomed out)
By the way my 7970 is XFX Double-D, and i do not recommend it at all (don't buy an XFX ever, they have the lowest ASIC quality). If possible do try and buy the Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X or at least the Sapphire R9 280 Toxic, both of these cards have the Tri-X cooler which is the best air cooling solution at the moment (for a GPU), plus Sapphire is at the same quality level as MSI i believe (regarding ASIC quality, seen in GPU-z)