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What GPU is better the MSI R9 280 or the MSI R9 270X?

I am set on these two cards so far. I do not know if my Motherboard and CPU are good for OC or maybe the GPU comes already OC but here is my Motherboard and CPU. I was wondering what one would be best for games such as Skyrim with many mods, ultra settings, and such?
AsRock H97M Pro4
Intel Core i5-4690

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127775&cm_re=MSI_R9_270x-_-14-127-775-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127789&cm_re=r9_280-_-14-127-789-_-Product
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  1. The R9-280 is a bit better. Your MB and CPU is fine, but what about your PSU?
  2. The R9 280 is the superior card. While carrying less RAM it has a faster GPU and larger processing pipeline.

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2014/05/19/amd-radeon-r9-280-review-feat-xfx/7

    (That comparison is against the 2GB R9 270x, but will indicate framerate you can expect for Skyrim before mods)...

    We're talking an actual framerate difference of maybe 3-5 FPS, but a difference is a difference.
  3. clutchc said:
    The R9-280 is a bit better. Your MB and CPU is fine, but what about your PSU?


    XFX TS 550W
  4. Ferrariassassin said:
    clutchc said:
    The R9-280 is a bit better. Your MB and CPU is fine, but what about your PSU?


    XFX TS 550W


    You're cool for either card.
  5. clutchc said:
    Ferrariassassin said:
    clutchc said:
    The R9-280 is a bit better. Your MB and CPU is fine, but what about your PSU?


    XFX TS 550W


    You're cool for either card.


    My main and only goal in this whole build is to be able to play Skyrim with many graphic mods and on ultra settings........ye i know its drastic bit its my main dream in the PC world haha. Here is my full build below, ill get the R9 280 also.

    CASE: Rosewill Challenger
    DVD-Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
    PSU: XFX TS Series 550W
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Pro4
    SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
    RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (1600)-(2X4=8GB)
    HDD: Western Digital Black 1TB 7200 RPM
    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690
    OS: Windows 8.1 OEM
    GPU: MSI R9 280 GAMING 3G 384-Bit
  6. Ferrariassassin said:
    clutchc said:
    Ferrariassassin said:
    clutchc said:
    The R9-280 is a bit better. Your MB and CPU is fine, but what about your PSU?


    XFX TS 550W


    You're cool for either card.


    My main and only goal in this whole build is to be able to play Skyrim with many graphic mods and on ultra settings........ye i know its drastic bit its my main dream in the PC world haha. Here is my full build below, ill get the R9 280 also.

    CASE: Rosewill Challenger
    DVD-Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
    PSU: XFX TS Series 550W
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Pro4
    SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
    RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (1600)-(2X4=8GB)
    HDD: Western Digital Black 1TB 7200 RPM
    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690
    OS: Windows 8.1 OEM
    GPU: MSI R9 280 GAMING 3G 384-Bit




    Depending on how many mods you throw at it you're looking at around 60-75 FPS with that card. 75 FPS without mods, with Hi-res texture pack and at 1920x1080 resolution... as per the Graphics Card review I linked.
  7. You'll have no problem at 1080p resolutions playing at max settings.
  8. clutchc said:
    You'll have no problem at 1080p resolutions playing at max settings.


    Well what about a good but of mods?
  9. Thelps said:
    Ferrariassassin said:
    clutchc said:
    Ferrariassassin said:
    clutchc said:
    The R9-280 is a bit better. Your MB and CPU is fine, but what about your PSU?


    XFX TS 550W


    You're cool for either card.


    My main and only goal in this whole build is to be able to play Skyrim with many graphic mods and on ultra settings........ye i know its drastic bit its my main dream in the PC world haha. Here is my full build below, ill get the R9 280 also.

    CASE: Rosewill Challenger
    DVD-Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
    PSU: XFX TS Series 550W
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Pro4
    SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
    RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (1600)-(2X4=8GB)
    HDD: Western Digital Black 1TB 7200 RPM
    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690
    OS: Windows 8.1 OEM
    GPU: MSI R9 280 GAMING 3G 384-Bit




    Depending on how many mods you throw at it you're looking at around 60-75 FPS with that card. 75 FPS without mods, with Hi-res texture pack and at 1920x1080 resolution... as per the Graphics Card review I linked.


    Well id like to add this much as in this video below,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwlzlRR71qM
  10. Best answer
    Depends which mods. I can run Skyrim with the Grim and Somber ENB on an R9 270 (which is a fair bit worse than a 280) at pretty good framerates, you should be fine, also I have a fx 6300 and you have a pretty good i5, Skyrim is pretty CPU dependent and Intel far outperforms AMD in Skyrim, you will be able to run Skyrim very well.
  11. Ferrariassassin said:
    I am set on these two cards so far. I do not know if my Motherboard and CPU are good for OC or maybe the GPU comes already OC but here is my Motherboard and CPU. I was wondering what one would be best for games such as Skyrim with many mods, ultra settings, and such?
    AsRock H97M Pro4
    Intel Core i5-4690

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


    The R9 280 is better in every way and your setup will easily support it.
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