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January 8, 2014 4:25:14 AM

Hi

My current machine specs:

Asus P8z77-v lx2 motherboard
8GB 1866 memory
750W corsair PSU
Asus 560TI Graphics Card
128gb SSD & 2TB hard drive


Over the past few months I have noticed that my 560ti is stuttering when playing SimCity 2013 with Shadows/Lighting settings set on anything set above medium. I have re-installed Windows (both 7 and 8) a few times and I have also tried various Nvidia drivers to see if it is a problem with my machine. I am now at a point where I believe my card is not up to playing SimCity on High/Ultra Shadows/Lighting so I am going to buy a new graphics card.

I have only bought NVIDIA cards, but I'm thinking this time of trying AMD this time. Could you tell me if the following cards would be a big improvement on my current 560ti and if so then which one would be best?

Sapphire Vapor-x r9 270x
Sapphire dual-x 49 270x
Asus r9 270x
MSI r9 270x Hawk

From various sites on the web I've read that these cards perform well and can get results not too far from those given by an Nvidia 760, is this true?

I just want a card that will allow me to play games like SimCity 2013, World of Warcraft, X-COM and other non FPS games on max settings.

Thanks,

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January 8, 2014 4:33:19 AM

From your list options the MSI R9 270x Hawk is the best option. Sapphire tend to have issues with their cards, Freezing, black screens, constant stutter and such is what to expect eventually. The Vapour-X models do have heat dissipation problems which is why I tend to stay away from that but the Dual-X cooling wise is decent. I would go for the Asus or MSI Hawk if you were to upgrade from that list and would be a significant upgrade too. Asus cards tend to have a better life expectancy but both cards have very good coolers. You can't go wrong with either of them and you can't really say which is better from the two as they are both just as good. the GXT 760 is a better performer card then the R9 270x and if you were to go the Nvidia route then driver support will also be much better. Both the cards can play the games you listed on max without any problems so your covered there.
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January 8, 2014 9:28:17 AM

unknownofprob said:
From your list options the MSI R9 270x Hawk is the best option. Sapphire tend to have issues with their cards, Freezing, black screens, constant stutter and such is what to expect eventually. The Vapour-X models do have heat dissipation problems which is why I tend to stay away from that but the Dual-X cooling wise is decent. I would go for the Asus or MSI Hawk if you were to upgrade from that list and would be a significant upgrade too. Asus cards tend to have a better life expectancy but both cards have very good coolers. You can't go wrong with either of them and you can't really say which is better from the two as they are both just as good. the GXT 760 is a better performer card then the R9 270x and if you were to go the Nvidia route then driver support will also be much better. Both the cards can play the games you listed on max without any problems so your covered there.


Should I also consider going for a 4GB card rather than a 2GB? Does video RAM matter when taking lighting and shadows into considering within games?

Thank you.
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January 8, 2014 9:43:38 AM

BlindGamerUK said:
unknownofprob said:
From your list options the MSI R9 270x Hawk is the best option. Sapphire tend to have issues with their cards, Freezing, black screens, constant stutter and such is what to expect eventually. The Vapour-X models do have heat dissipation problems which is why I tend to stay away from that but the Dual-X cooling wise is decent. I would go for the Asus or MSI Hawk if you were to upgrade from that list and would be a significant upgrade too. Asus cards tend to have a better life expectancy but both cards have very good coolers. You can't go wrong with either of them and you can't really say which is better from the two as they are both just as good. the GXT 760 is a better performer card then the R9 270x and if you were to go the Nvidia route then driver support will also be much better. Both the cards can play the games you listed on max without any problems so your covered there.


Should I also consider going for a 4GB card rather than a 2GB? Does video RAM matter when taking lighting and shadows into considering within games?

Thank you.


Unless you are running a screen resolution higher than 1080p, the extra 2GB would be a waste.
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January 8, 2014 11:46:02 AM

RCguitarist said:
BlindGamerUK said:
unknownofprob said:
From your list options the MSI R9 270x Hawk is the best option. Sapphire tend to have issues with their cards, Freezing, black screens, constant stutter and such is what to expect eventually. The Vapour-X models do have heat dissipation problems which is why I tend to stay away from that but the Dual-X cooling wise is decent. I would go for the Asus or MSI Hawk if you were to upgrade from that list and would be a significant upgrade too. Asus cards tend to have a better life expectancy but both cards have very good coolers. You can't go wrong with either of them and you can't really say which is better from the two as they are both just as good. the GXT 760 is a better performer card then the R9 270x and if you were to go the Nvidia route then driver support will also be much better. Both the cards can play the games you listed on max without any problems so your covered there.


Should I also consider going for a 4GB card rather than a 2GB? Does video RAM matter when taking lighting and shadows into considering within games?

Thank you.


Unless you are running a screen resolution higher than 1080p, the extra 2GB would be a waste.


Thanks for the replies.

I am also looking at the Gigabyte Nvidia 760 GTX and the MSI 760 because they are only £30 or so more expensive than the R9 270xs.

Decisions... Decisions :) 

Thanks again :) 

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January 8, 2014 1:04:34 PM

I personally like Nvidia better than AMD. In my experience, Nvidia based cards run quieter and cooler as well as have better drivers and software (GeForce Experience for example). I would recommend a 760 over a R9 270 any day. But then again, there are others who like the AMD cards better. If you are to go Nvidia, in my opinion, ASUS is the best brand, MSI the second and Gigabyte is the 3rd best brand. After that EVGA and XFX.
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January 8, 2014 3:38:35 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies. I think I will be adding the few extra ££'s and buying myself a NVIDIA 760 in the next week or two. Maybe I'll get an AMD card in the future. Tahnks again :) 
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