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Right now, I'm using a 4GB SLI 760 setup (300$ per card). However, I noticed that AMD's 280X appears to outperform it quite handily while costing the same and having 1GB less vram (somewhat insignificant). My 760's are still (~1 week left) under Microcenter's standard 30 day return policy (or they should be, assuming that an exchange changes the start day of that to the current items you obtained), so I could just come in and hand them off. Somewhat a douche move when I already went and traded my old 2GB 760's in once to get these earlier (again within like a few days of the 30 day policy ending), but eh.

So I mean it seems like a no-brainer, right? Hand off cards, go crossfire with 280X, and get a sizable performance boost, right?

Well not quite. I play a lot of older games (KOTOR, Sid Meier's Pirates!, Sonic Adventure 2) in addition to the newer games (FF14, Crysis, etc). My question is this: have AMD's drivers gotten to the point where they're as stable as Nvidia? Is the performance gain worth the stability tradeoff? Will they play those older games fine? I've read of a lot of issues with Crossfire, and I know I'm less likely to have them with Nvidia...

Oh, and I play on one 1440p monitor.

Thanks
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if you are getting the performance with those cars rightnow . . . why return them? not worth it. keep what you have.
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OP the CF frame pacing phase 2 drivers for DX9 / OpenGL games are not yet out. so as of today Nvidia is the better multi GPU solution. there is definitely one option. can you get a full refund on the GTX 760 4GB cards or can you sell them off at a good price.

the R9 290 is shaping up to be a beast of a GPU at USD 450 - 500. 2560 sp, 4 geometry engines, 4 rasterizers, 512 bit memory bus, 4GB VRAM, 16 RBE(render back ends), 64 ROPs. this is a pixel crunching beast. this chip is close to 1.9x the perf of HD 7870 . looks to be nipping at the heels of a Titan. will beat a GTX 760 SLI on avg as not every game scales well in SLI. for consistency a single GPU cannot be matched thumb.gif

http://www.overclock.net/t/1434246/various-new-benchmarks-reveal-the-r9-290x-leading-over-gtx-titan
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^ 760 sli outperforms the Titan iirc (at least a non-oc version...). Also I can get a full refund right now if I wish, but I'm not very interested in the 290x as I do not think that my 850HX could supply enough power to later cf another if I need to. The 280x CF seems like the best price performance fit for my rig (cpu is i7 4770k).
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if you are getting the performance with those cars rightnow . . . why return them? not worth it. keep what you have.

I get a bit of lag in FF14 actually at this resolution. Also Crysis 2 pushes the cards to max output. Generally I'm trying to do the most well priced and futureproof option possible for the 600$ price tag. There will be no "add another card later". Build once, done for a few years. The 280x is looking tempting for a trade in because of their specs for the price. Here I'm trying to gauge how iffy the driver solution is for past games and general use, and whether it is worth the performance boost.
Edited by stolemyowncar - 10/15/13 at 4:47am
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Exchange it, gtx 760 doesn't have the horsepower to fully utilize the 4gb vram.
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^ 760 sli outperforms the Titan iirc (at least a non-oc version...). Also I can get a full refund right now if I wish, but I'm not very interested in the 290x as I do not think that my 850HX could supply enough power to later cf another if I need to. The 280x CF seems like the best price performance fit for my rig (cpu is i7 4770k).

I get a bit of lag in FF14 actually at this resolution. Also Crysis 2 pushes the cards to max output. Generally I'm trying to do the most well priced and futureproof option possible for the 600$ price tag. There will be no "add another card later". Build once, done for a few years. The 280x is looking tempting for a trade in because of their specs for the price. Here I'm trying to gauge how iffy the driver solution is for past games and general use, and whether it is worth the performance boost.

OP I am talking about R9 290 which is expected to end up at $450 - $500. 850HX is more than enough for running two R9 290 / R9 290X cards. they will draw as much power as GTX 780 / Titan and you can easily run two of those cards even in a 750w power supply. anyway think and decide.
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if only you have time i'd recommend waiting for the 290 but, since you don't, the 2 280X should help.

btw, you need to oc your 4770K. i know my i7 SB is slower but i am not able to push my 7900 series in crossfire to 100% even at 4.5GHz.
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I think I'm just going to stick with my 760 GTX cards. The reason being that I simply don't trust ATI's drivers. I was using a 5850HD for about 4 years before I built this rig just now and the first time I tried a graphics card update on it four years ago I encountered sporadic blue screens... so I just didn't update for four years.

Nvidia's drivers and interface just seem so much nicer, and I think I trust them more to have their game together when it comes to multicard setups. If I find that these cards aren't enough to play stuff decently at 1440p (by the way my love for Battlefield ended after 1942, I didn't care for 2 and up much at all) later on, I'll just sell them (or just give them away to a friend) and get some nicer ones from the next generation of Nvidia cards. I make enough money to do that, so it's fine.

You folks got any idea on how much I'll be able to sell these for later on? I've never actually sold cards... I gave my 5850 away to my friend.

Edit: One thing that annoys me though is that Nvidia is probably going to pricing my cards down while releasing a Ti version of it... but that will likely be well after the end of this week. Sigh.
Edited by stolemyowncar - 10/15/13 at 12:25pm
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