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R9 cards comparison - which to get?

#1Cobra1010Posted 11/8/2013 9:33:07 AM
Can someone briefly describe the differences between r9 270x, r9 280x and r9 290x? What are they compared to, which is best for value etc? Thanks.
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#2ThePCElitistPosted 11/8/2013 9:35:04 AM
Cobra1010 posted...
Can someone briefly describe the differences between r9 270x, r9 280x and r9 290x? What are they compared to, which is best for value etc? Thanks.


r9 270x (Don't bother)
r9 280x = Good value
r9 290 = Better value
r9 290x = Debatable value but still a good GPU however the 290 (non-x) is only within a 5-10% performance difference at $150 less.
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#3Cobra1010(Topic Creator)Posted 11/8/2013 9:37:50 AM(edited)
Is the 280x like a souped up HD7970? Because my budget is 1000. Buying 290x with an SSD plus all the other stuff not including windows would cost me 1200.

If the 280x is 7970, i think thats sufficient for my gaming needs for the next 6 years.
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#4sanas_thirituPosted 11/8/2013 9:38:47 AM
R9 290 without the X most definitely. But please wait a couple of weeks for aftermarket coolers. Those cards will run even faster and cooler. The price - performance of the card then can't be beat.
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#5eddy1nsanePosted 11/8/2013 9:40:28 AM
The 290 has the best value in my opinion, but still depend on your budget.
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#6r0ge00Posted 11/8/2013 9:40:43 AM
Cobra1010 posted...
If the 280x is 7970, i think thats sufficient for my gaming needs for the next 6 years.


I don't know about 6 years, but you'll certainly get good value out of it.
#7sanas_thirituPosted 11/8/2013 9:40:57 AM
Cobra1010 posted...
Is the 280x like a souped up HD7970? Because my budget is 1000. Buying 290x with an SSD plus all the other stuff not including windows would cost me 1200.

If the 280x is 7970, i think thats sufficient for my gaming needs for the next 6 years.


The price difference between the 280x and the 290 wwithout X is 100 dollars. Imo that's worth that considering the 290 is actually newer architecture.
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#8Cobra1010(Topic Creator)Posted 11/8/2013 9:41:03 AM
Okay so you guys are suggesting that I wait after xmas and then get the r9 290 without the x?

If thats the case then i'll do it. I've already waited a couple of years wanting to buy the best vaule computer to last another 5-6 years. I might as well wait another month.

TY. I might PM u guys in future for more tips if thats ok.
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#9DarkZV2BetaPosted 11/8/2013 9:56:41 AM
290 or a high end non-reference 780 is a good idea. 780 Lightning is quite a deal right now.
PC Elitist summed it up for the R9 cards, though. 270x is basically a 7870, which is going for under $150(as well as the faster 7870XT), and 260x is a 7790 that's going for more than a 7850/650Ti Boost, but performs worse than a 650Ti non-boost.
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