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Great GPU + Bad CPU = ???

#31DarkZV2BetaPosted 10/28/2013 2:36:16 PM
Garquille14 posted...
Okay so my GPU will be one of these 3:

GTX 780 Ti = MSRP of $700
R9 290X = MSRP of $550
GTX 780 = MSRP of $500

Will that mantle thing be working with nvidia cards? I'm assuming it would work with the 290x


My CPU will be i5-4670K


My mobo will be ???
how does one choose a single mobo among all of them?


Get a Zwhateverthelatestchipsetis motherboard so you can overclock. Make sure it's got a good power design.
780 would probably be the best value out of those, tbh. 290x reference models aren't anything to write home about. If you can get a solid 780 for $500, go with that. Even the stock 780 with reference blower is better than a stock 290x, really. However, non-reference 290x models aught to be more interesting.
Mantle is AMD GCN only, from the look of it. There's not really a whole lot of information on it besides marketing propaganda, but it looks to provide some low-level GPU access to improve performance in games that use it.
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#32Garquill(Topic Creator)Posted 10/29/2013 12:00:29 PM
I thought AMD was letting anyone use Mantle?
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#33aiyobroPosted 10/29/2013 12:08:39 PM
As long as the CPU turns the computer on still you can pretty much enjoy whatever just not at high settings or bandwith
#34aiyobroPosted 10/29/2013 12:10:02 PM
the CPU is as fast as the consoles if not faster

there's no point upgrading now unless you are really pushing for detail
#35Garquill(Topic Creator)Posted 10/29/2013 12:39:27 PM
I don't want to play Dragon's Prophet on lowest settings with 20fps when I have a 144hz monitor
GW2 is better optimized but I've been waiting a year to start playing it again because I was unhappy with the settings and framerate
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#36DarkZV2BetaPosted 10/29/2013 2:50:13 PM
Garquille14 posted...
I thought AMD was letting anyone use Mantle?


AMD is "letting" everyone use Mantle. The problem is, it's only designed to work with AMD's GCN. If nVidia tries to make a GCN card, AMD gets to sue. If they don't, Mantle won't work with it.
In theory, nVidia might be able to possibly make their own version of the Mantle API that works with nVidia architecture, but no one knows enough about how Mantle works, or what AMD is actually allowing to know if this is feasible. So, realistically speaking, Mantle will only work on AMD GCN cards.
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#37Garquill(Topic Creator)Posted 10/29/2013 4:48:43 PM
it seems in poor futureproofing to buy an nvidia card at the moment then
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#38KabtheMentatPosted 10/29/2013 4:52:09 PM
I wouldn't worry about future proofing yourself, but that's just about impossible.

When worrying about a new GPU, you should worry about price/performance ratio. Figure out what you want to run games at, and look for a card that will do that for as cheap as possible. Nvidia, AMD, magic ******* toaster...doesn't matter.

As for Mantle...right now, like someone said, it's all marketing buzzwords and propaganda. No one knows what it actually does. So until it gets rolled out and people are benchmarking stuff, ignore it.
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#39JonWood007Posted 10/29/2013 6:09:47 PM
It'll bottleneck.

I have a 965....go for like a 7870/660 ti or something.
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#40DarkZV2BetaPosted 10/29/2013 6:58:10 PM
Garquille14 posted...
it seems in poor futureproofing to buy an nvidia card at the moment then


Futureproofing is always a gamble. Buy what works best today. Buy what works tomorrow tomorrow.
You'll always be gambling on driver updates and continued support, and while it looks like AMD is finally picking up the slack, they have a pretty poor support history.
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