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Sapphire R9 290 Tri-x or PNY GTX780 OC xlr8

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January 18, 2014 11:46:46 AM

So yeah as the title says, I'm having trouble choosing between these 2 cards. I know the 780 has a little bit better performance, but the 290 is cheaper. Plus the 290 has 4gb vram and the 780 has 3, but will that difference in vram really benefit a 1080p gamer? Oh and I must also add that these are 2 different builds, the one with the 780 will be a micro atx i5 4670k build and the one with the 290 will be a normal sized atx build with a 8350.

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January 18, 2014 11:51:02 AM

The 290 build is better in my opinion due being more future proof and just a decent build. If it was me I would go 290 with an intel cpu but then I play loads of games both new and old, a lot of which benefit from intel's better per core performance
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January 18, 2014 12:01:19 PM

The 290 looks like an amazing card don't get me wrong but there is just something about that 780 that is really alluring.
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January 18, 2014 12:04:18 PM

When do you intend to next upgrade your gpu?
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January 18, 2014 12:10:27 PM

Well this is my first build ever, so it's hard to give an accurate answer. But I've been reading a lot on GPU's and I'm aiming for 3-4 years.
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January 18, 2014 12:12:41 PM

In that case then definitely the 2nd one. Games have already started utilising more than 4 cores and 2gb vram so if that is how long you are using without upgrading then amd all the way
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January 18, 2014 12:33:36 PM

and what if i slam that 780 in my amd build
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January 18, 2014 12:52:59 PM

It will be good for a bit but for future proofing the best part you could get here is a 290.
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January 18, 2014 1:06:33 PM

Either game will will give you no noticable difference in performance at 1080p. Get the one you like best. Both are very good cards.
As far as future proofing (which is not a long time for gpus), the 290 may have the edge. The drivers will only mature as it is a new design.
Also we will have to wait and see what Mantle brings to game play.


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January 19, 2014 12:56:38 PM

Well I've been disappointed so far with Sapphire customer service. I see that there is a Windforce R9 290 OC:- http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

It comes with a higher overclock out of the box and an extra year warranty (3yrs!) compaired to the 2 years of the sapphire. You are supposed to get BF4 with the sapphire card but they have ran out of codes and have no idea when they are getting any more. So if you want to play BF4 I suggest you get a good card without it just buy the game directly from Origin.

Also it looks like sapphire select club is a joke, they promise a bunch of stuff but had nothing when I signed up and logged in. Check my other recent threads for more info.
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January 19, 2014 1:40:35 PM

I've checked out the gigabyte 290, but it runs hotter than the sapphire plus it's barely overclockable. Also the sapphire does come with a coupon for battlefield 4, but there is also a version without battlefield 4 which is about 10 euro cheaper. Seen the fact that you pay extre for the battlefield 4 version to me it seems highly implausable that you won't be able to download your version of battlefield 4. Sapphire must have paid for these codes in advance, so that's why they charge you extre.
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