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January 28, 2014 9:22:45 AM

I recently sold my reference R9 290X for about $650 and now am looking for a new graphics solution. I am using this computer for general use, gaming, and some photo and video editing. I want to know what the best bang for my buck is. The 290X was a great card but it ran hot and I'm only going to be gaming at 1920x1080. I was considering two R9 280X toxic cards from sapphire which would be about $640 and each is comparable to a stock 780. What do you think the best bang for my buck would be? I'd like to be able to play modern games like Battlefield 4 at max settings at 1080p and get 60+ frames per second like I did with the 290X

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January 28, 2014 9:28:12 AM

Most people will advise against 2 cards if you can afford one better card, especially for 1080p

My personal recommendation if you are looking to spend that much would be to find a 780ti on sale, OR go with a single aftermarket 290x. Dual card solutions do work, but the power requirement and heat generated becomes a problem in a lot of cases.

If you are looking for dual card solutions, the nvidia side does do slightly better in terms of frametime variance, and uses a bit less power (770 sli for example). The 280x crossfire is a good choice for bf4 however, as mantle will be released eventually (already delayed for a like 4th time).


All in all, my personal recommendation is get the best single card you can afford, but you won't be disappointed with a dual card solution either (though they don't scale perfectly, or even work in all games)
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January 28, 2014 9:31:42 AM

Also those sapphire toxic cards are only comparable to the 780 when fully overclocked, otherwise they kinda tie out with some of the better overclocked 770s
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January 28, 2014 9:34:20 AM

And as far as reviewers go, Anandtech and Bit-tech are my personally least trusted. (sorry, just personal opinion)
My most trusted is TTL from OC3D, as he actually had tears in his eyes when he had to review how bad the stock cooler for the 290 was because he was so looking forward to the card
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January 28, 2014 11:47:34 AM

I mean of course I could spring for a 780TI or aftermarket 290X, but isn't there something more cost effective that would get me great 1080p performance? And when it comes to the 280X's I would only be looking at the toxic which seems to be the best OC'd card and very comparable to the 780, except that the 780 is around $500 while I can get the 280X toxic for about $320
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January 28, 2014 11:53:06 AM

Kevin Spring said:
I mean of course I could spring for a 780TI or aftermarket 290X, but isn't there something more cost effective that would get me great 1080p performance? And when it comes to the 280X's I would only be looking at the toxic which seems to be the best OC'd card and very comparable to the 780, except that the 780 is around $500 while I can get the 280X toxic for about $320


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January 28, 2014 11:58:38 AM

as low as a 760 gives you great performance at 1080p
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January 29, 2014 9:31:50 AM

whitecat said:
Kevin Spring said:
I mean of course I could spring for a 780TI or aftermarket 290X, but isn't there something more cost effective that would get me great 1080p performance? And when it comes to the 280X's I would only be looking at the toxic which seems to be the best OC'd card and very comparable to the 780, except that the 780 is around $500 while I can get the 280X toxic for about $320




Thats just stock cards, and I agree that a stock 280x wont match up with a 780 but the toxic from sapphire does
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January 29, 2014 9:34:42 AM

What are you trying to play exactly o.o... I play BF3 and skyrim maxed out at 1080 and rarely ever drop under 60fps. (GTX760 Jetstream OC)
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January 29, 2014 9:34:58 AM

To get the 280x to match up to a stock 780 you need to overclock the balls out of it, creating excess amounts of heat. and that's just a stock, non overclocked 780. match it to any of even the cheap variants, or even the stock variant overclocked, and you are still looking at a rather large performance gap
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January 29, 2014 9:38:40 AM

Also what country are you in, as right now the 280x in north america in most places is almost the same price as the 780 and way more expensive than the 770 :/ 

msi gaming 780 is like $505 on newegg, while some of the 280x's are well above $450
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January 29, 2014 10:20:08 AM

I work at tigerdirect, and for me right now the cheapest 780 is about $460 and the fully overclocked 280X Toxic is $312
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January 29, 2014 2:31:04 PM

The 780 is quite a bit more powerful than the 280x, even at the cheapest one, the 280x will barely match the worst 780 at stock. it's all in what kinda performance you wanna get. the 280x at that price is a great deal. if you can find a 290 non reference for cheaper than the 780, then go with that.
considering heat was a big reason for selling your old card, that is why i'm leaning towards recommending a nvidia card, especially as the toxic 280x throws off a lot of heat for its performance, although it is much quieter than any reference will ever be
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January 29, 2014 2:35:24 PM

One thing to note, of course, is mantle. It is very likely that mantle will give you at least 5-10% in the worst case scenario in games like theif and bf4 for the 280x. But this is only for mantle games, and for this whole upcoming year, only about 20 games are projected to support it, though some are bigger names
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