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r9 280X VS GTX 770?

Postby General_Crunchytoes » Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:33 am

so i recently was informed of the R series of amd cards. i was planning on using the 770 for my winter build, but from what ive read the r9 280x is almost identical in terms of performance yet is 100 dollars cheaper. im curious about 3 things

1. how terrible is catalyst?
2. is it actually a viable alternative to the 770?
3. compared to sli how difficult is crossfire to set up?

ideally i would eventually do a 2 way crossfire or sli setup with whichever card i chose, just looking for some further input so i can plan accordingly.

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Re: r9 280X VS GTX 770?

Postby nipnops » Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:59 pm

Due to there only being reference designs for the R9 series, I would still tend towards NVIDIA right now.
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Re: r9 280X VS GTX 770?

Postby Euan » Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:34 pm

Some of the 280x non reference card are meant to come out in a few days. If you are in the UK you can get a msi 280x for £220 on scan.co.UK.
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Re: r9 280X VS GTX 770?

Postby Wheelzz » Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:46 pm

From what I hear, Catalyst is not bad outside of Crossfire now. Nvidia will still be much better for dual GPU's. As for speed, the 280X is about the same speed for less. I'd go with a 290 once there is aftermarket coolers if you have the money. Although, who know if the aftermarket cooler timeline for the 290 is the same as the 290X(2014)? We'll see.
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Re: r9 280X VS GTX 770?

Postby schmily » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:24 pm

AMD has been putting out drivers updates for crossfire to fix the issues with frame pacing for a few months now so really crossfire isn't really much of an issue it's just comes up with some of the same problems as SLI mostly. But with the price drops personally I think I would be swaying towards a 770 instead of the 280X. However not much separates the two.

As a side note if you plan on playing bf4, star citizen and quite possibly all the up and coming frostbite games you might want keep and eye on the 280x over then 770 because of mantle because without a doubt you will get better performance with the 280X and mantle over 770 and DirectX.
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Re: r9 280X VS GTX 770?

Postby mcswift101 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:20 pm

I would definitely wait for aftermarket versions of the 280x (edit: I meant the 290 non-x) before buying a card. What I've learned with video cards is that it's always good to wait for everything to come out, and then evaluate your options.

Plus, what is your current card? Because if you don't really need to upgrade asap, waiting eight months for Maxwell is another option. Although who knows, the 800 series could come out before or after that time. I remember articles from April saying that the 700 series was being delayed to 2014... :lol:
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Re: r9 280X VS GTX 770?

Postby General_Crunchytoes » Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:33 pm

currently im on a 560ti

ive been keeping my eye on things and the 770 just dropped to 340 so that just shot back up the list.
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Re: r9 280X VS GTX 770?

Postby Wheelzz » Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:15 pm

Things like Nvidia G-Sync and even Shadowplay are going to be game changing as well.
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Re: r9 280X VS GTX 770?

Postby MrAlexOneill » Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:56 pm

This Christmas im getting a r9 290 because the price to performance ratio is amazing. I just hope there is aftermarket market cooler because the reference card is way too damn hot. :D
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