780 GTX reference or asus r9 290x directcu ii oc

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  1. stojo

    stojo Active Member

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    Hi,

    I need your help.
    First, sorry for my bad English. I am from Germany.

    I own a GTX 780 (not ti) since release.
    It works really good, almost enough for all my games i play, like BF 4, Crysis 3 and now Watch Dogs.

    Now i have the chance, to get a new Asus R9 290x directcu ii oc.
    Sure, Nvidia and AMD is different. Every card has its plus´ and contras.

    I read a lot already about the performance, power etc.
    Saw some benchmarks, too.
    But many benchmarks were so different.
    Some benchmark say the R9 ist fast like the 780 ti.
    Some say it is slower and even as fast as the gtx 780.

    But i would like to hear what some of you think, who perhaps updatet from GTX 780 to R9 290x ?

    I mean, is it worth it, when you looking for best performance?
    I don´t use 3D, just use my 120 hz for 2D gaming.

    The reason, why i am asking, when i am happy with my card:

    I have the chance now to get the "Asus R9 290x directcu ii oc" for 340 Euro.

    Thank you a lot in advance.

    Greetings from Germany


    PS. i am not a fanboy of Nvidia or AMD. Just looking for best performance.

    My system:

    Intel 2600K @ 4,4GhZ
    8 GB DDR 3 Ram
    780 GTX
    Win 7 64 bit
     
  2. Darkest

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    If they're about the same price I would take an aftermarket 290X over a reference 780. The performance should be a bit better with the 290X, although as you said this will vary from game to game. You get a little more memory to play with, so if you decide to use another card down the line and bump up to a higher resolution you might get a tad more longevity out of them, although frankly 3gb at the moment is pretty much fine for up to 1440/1600p. There's few games currently that really take advantage of a lot of memory, and by the time there is a single card will likely lack the power to take proper advantage of it.

    I would recommend taking notice of modern reviews from this website (guru3d) and coming to a decision based upon the games you play.
     
  3. stojo

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    Thank you for your fast answer.

    I am not going to play in higher resolutions then full hd in near future.

    I read the article about the asus r9 290x on guru3d now. Thanks for the tipp.
    Like i said, the benchmarks are so different. Here they say in BF 4, for example , it is a huge performance boost with the r9, when looking at the benachmarks.

    But other benchmarks say it is no or just minimal boost then 780 gtx.

    Thats why i asked for somebody, who perhaps did the change before.
     
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    Different games will always see different results, some simply favour one company over the other. Others are more CPU bound, and as such will show comparable performance regardless of the card. I will say that Guru3d is by and far one of the best and most impartial review sites on the net, there's a hell of a lot of bias out there. There's very few websites I take notice of when it comes to performance reviews.

    Also be sure you're not confusing the 780 and 780ti/290 and 290X. Easily done with some charts and graphs.

    AnandTech is also worth keeping bookmarked for easy/direct comparisons. Here's one between the 290X and 780:

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1056?vs=1036

    As far as AMD Vs Nv cards go:

    290x > 290
    780ti > 780

    If that makes sense, so the AMD card you're looking at is technically a step above the Nv card you're looking at.
     
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  5. stojo

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    Thank you again.

    The anandtech link is great. They benched just the 290x reference model but even that one ist faster then the GTX 780.

    I think i´m going to give it a try. 340 Euro seems to be a good deal for an oc 290x.
     
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    You're more than welcome.

    That's a fantastic deal actually, do you mind if I ask where you intend to buy from?

    Regardless, good luck with your purchase and be sure to let us know how it goes.
     
  7. stojo

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    We have a local shop in my town.
    It´s one of the biggest here.

    They have a deal with the Asus 290x. And i have a coupon, so i need to pay less.

    The deal + my coupon = 340 Euro.

    I think it is a good price. Sure i will tell you my experience, soon.
     
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    Since I just noticed that you currently own a 780, my apologies as I only read your profile and assumed it was just a 680 -- it's not an upgrade I would personally make. If you do go this route ensure you get a good return on your 780 if at all possible. Although I assume from the data you've seen you're happy enough with the improvement and have made an informed decision either way.

    Good luck!
     
  9. stojo

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    Yes, i have a GTX 780.

    I forgot to update my details. Just did it.

    So that´s why i am thinking about it so long.
    A GTX 780 is still good hardware.
     
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    It's a very good GPU. The choice remains yours of course, and as I said you made the decision based upon the data you were shown and found. However, I would not personally recommend it unless you could sell your 780 for a very good price.
     

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    Yeah, that a pretty good amount of money to spend on what is essentially a sideways move.
     
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    Hi,

    so thank you for all your answers.

    I bought the card, tested and brought it back to the shop.

    Like you said, some games run better with the r290x and some games run better with my GTX 780.

    The performance step wasn´t that big like i thought before. But okay. Both are great cards and i am doing nothing wrong keeping my gtx 780.

    Thank you for your support guys.
     

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