Graphics card recommendations?

Hey Guys,

So for a while I've been considering upgrading my GPU because it is quite entry level and it's starting to show it's age a little, I currently have an R9 270. I was wondering what the best upgrade path might be the likely hood is I'll still be playing at 1080p but I wanna try and crush every game I throw at this new GPU. I am willing to buy preowned cards but I'd rather it be an NVidia card simply for its codec and it's ability in video/graphics programs since I do editing and sometimes some 3D modelling. I don't have a price limit but I don't wanna go spending a stupid amount on a card made for running better than 1080p and be using a 1080p monitor. So I won't set a budget but do keep in mid that saving money where possible will be a big factor in my descision.


- OrdinaryBiscuit
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  1. What are the rest of your system specs?
  2. The MSI 1060 3Gb is more than enough for'll be 60 fps or better in most games... and it manually overclcocks about 15% over the factory OC w/ no issue.

    last week it was $195 ... now everybody is hammering their customers with XMAs shopping lists to fill

    Needs a 400 watt PSU w/ 8 pin (or 6+2) power cable

    I'd usually offer the MSI 480 as a alternative,,, the 1060 is a but faster (and much quieter / cooler / less power hungry) due to the extra OC headroom but that's trumped by your stated preference and need for CUDA/
  3. Both GTX 1060 and RX480 are excellent cards for 1080p resolutions.
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    They were basically tied from the getgo "outta the box" ... the 1060,a indicated above, gets its advantage from the huge advantage in OC headroom. Since the 7xx series, AMD has very aggressively clocked their cards in the box with typical OCs ever since in single digits on the higher and cards. With the Rx mid range cards, they have climbed into double digits reaching as much as 12% but still not catching the 1060 which manages 18.8%

    For our OP however, AMD doesn't have a horse in the race as he benefits from CUDA for modeling and video editing

    Regarding the link tho... I don't quite understand the concluding paragraph

    So which one of these would I buy? That will likely boil down to whatever is on sale at a given time but I’ll step right into and say the RX 480 8GB. Not only has AMD proven they can match NVIDIA’s much-vaunted driver rollouts but through a successive pattern of key updates have made their card a parallel contender in DX11 and a runaway hit in DX12. That’s hard to argue against.

    You could argue wither way based upon what game ya pick to make whatever card ya want "win" but when it becomes so close, it's time to look at other things ...

    a) Driver rollouts ... that's a good one, it it would appea based upon what he is saying that AMD is now matching nVidia ... OK good.

    b) Again he says price is back and forth so that should be considered ...but that almost has to be done daily. Of course ... looking newegg today I expect that the team that is having trouble keeping many cards in stock, will tend to leave prices a tad higher.

    c) Overclocking ... the substantial difference in overclocking can not be ignore tho he doesn't mention it. Why consider performance increase from driver changes and not how well each OCs ?

    d) Power ... the 480 is pulling an extra 80 watts ... which means a bigger PSU .... that has a cost.

    e) Heat ... It also more hear coming outta the card, more heat coming outta the PSU .. using one 120mm fan for each 50-75 watts of hat rule of thumb, that means an extra case fan.

    f) Noise ... the better AIB cards hit 31 dbA with the 480 ... but the 1060 still does better at 29 dbA.

    g) CUDA ... those doing modeling , video editing, etc benefit here.

    So while I wouldn't argue the reviewers analysis... that the 480 has caught up with the 1060 ... I don't think they differed that much from the getgo. What I would argue is that fps and drive frequency being perceived as equal, there is nothing else to consider when making a decision.

    There's always those that don't care abut overclocking cause they don't do it, don't care about noise cause they wear headphones and don't care about heat cause their room is cold and for those, it's hard to say that either choice is a wrong one.

    But if ya gonna argue cost ... include the extra fan and larger PSU, and if ya really wanna be fair, the electricity costs ... $50 at $0.10 per kwhr ... (I pay $0.24)

    nVidia has owned the top 2-3 tiers for several generations now and I hope come next quarter AMD can make an impact where it's been a long time since they mattered. But this is the first time in an ever longer period that nVidia was "in play" in this price segment and as above, the competition is great and no choice is a wrong choice if your needs are being met.

    To my eyes (and ears) the OC headroom, heat and noise issues are my primary concern after head to head out of the box performance and that's why I still recommend the 1060 over the 480. But if I am writing a review since readers will have different needs and concerns, to my view it's not quite proper to say well the driver issue being solved and the performance gap narrowed, now "everything's changed" and there's nothing else to consider.
  5. I got my sapphire 480 4gb for $180 after mail in rebate :)
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