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Upgrading 6950 in the coming weeks. I don't live in the US so the prices may seem strange to you but the options I was considering are:

Gigabyte GTX680 SOC - $370
7950 MSI TWINFRZR III - $290
7970 - $380
280x Sapphire OC - $380
MSI TWIN FRZR GTX760 - $330

Now I understand that obviously some of these will perform better than others and they are usually priced accordingly. I have been very happy with my 6950 and would have crossfired if I had of got the 2GB version and its starting to show its age.

So my question is really one of value for money. In my opinion the 680SOC is very good value and I likely wont get better performance at that prize point however I wont be able to SLI it down the road. Also being an older card its hard to find benchmarks for more recent drivers so hard to compare it to the 7970, 280x and 7950.

Thanks for any input smile.gif
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which country are you from ? as for sapphire r9 280x oc which card is it ? dual x or vapor-x. r9 280x oc and gtx 680 oc are on par. but the advantage is the r9 280x has 3gb vram which is now becoming the recommended spec for next gen games like BF4.
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which country are you from ? as for sapphire r9 280x oc which card is it ? dual x or vapor-x. r9 280x oc and gtx 680 oc are on par. but the advantage is the r9 280x has 3gb vram which is now becoming the recommended spec for next gen games like BF4.

Its the dual x, the vapor-x is $20 more and I figured the small increase in clock was not worth even considering because I could do it myself if I wanted too.

The country is Australia.

Yeah the 3GB vram is nice on all those cards but I felt like the 680 SOC was just overall faster than the 7970. But its hard to tell as there are so few comparisons from recent times and very few 280x reviews out so far.
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OP fwiw the asus r9 280x DCII top is the best reviewed R9 280X card. its getting accolades for its top notch cooling and acoustics thumb.gif 1070 mhz out of the box. remember this ASUS card is slightly faster than gtx 770 which is basically a gtx 680 oc running at 1136 mhz out of the box. most reviewers are hitting 1160 - 1180 mhz overclocks. at those speeds you need a GTX 680 at 1275 - 1300 mhz to match this card.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1559&products_id=25324

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/10/07/asus_r9_280x_directcu_ii_top_video_card_review/8
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7400/the-radeon-r9-280x-review-feat-asus-xfx/20
http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/61013-asus-radeon-r9-280x-directcu-ii-top/?page=10
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_radeon_r9_280x_top_review,10.html
http://techreport.com/review/25466/amd-radeon-r9-280x-and-270x-graphics-cards/10

if you want a cheaper card with similar cooling the HIS R9 280X iceq x2 turbo is a good option. 1050 mhz clocks. excellent cooler. but the card is massive at 311 mm long. so check if it fits your case.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1559&products_id=25341

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/his_radeon_r9_280x_iceq_x2_turbo_review,10.html
http://benchmarkreviews.com/7351/his-radeon-r9-280x-ipower-iceq-x%C2%B2-turbo-boost-video-card-review/13/
http://www.overclockers.com/his-r9-280x-ipower-iceq-x2-turbo-review

here is a comparison of various coolers. the asus is the quietest smile.gif

http://www.tomshardware.de/amd-radeon-r9-280x-roundup-test,testberichte-241401-6.html
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OP fwiw the asus r9 280x DCII top is the best reviewed R9 280X card. its getting accolades for its top notch cooling and acoustics thumb.gif 1070 mhz out of the box. remember this ASUS card is slightly faster than gtx 770 which is basically a gtx 680 oc running at 1136 mhz out of the box. most reviewers are hitting 1160 - 1180 mhz overclocks. at those speeds you need a GTX 680 at 1275 - 1300 mhz to match this card.

Thanks for the info biggrin.gif

I was under the impression from initial reviews that the 280x wasnt that much better than a 7970 and I was so drawn to that cheap 680 SOC but the 280x seems a bit more future proof.

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1227&pid=2022&psn=&lid=1&leg=0

How would this model compare in terms of performance to the DCUII? Noise and power consumption dont worry me too much as a always wear headphones when I game smile.gif
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Thanks for the info biggrin.gif

I was under the impression from initial reviews that the 280x wasnt that much better than a 7970 and I was so drawn to that cheap 680 SOC but the 280x seems a bit more future proof.

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1227&pid=2022&psn=&lid=1&leg=0

How would this model compare in terms of performance to the DCUII? Noise and power consumption dont worry me too much as a always wear headphones when I game smile.gif

OP remember the R9 280X were reviewed with the latest 13.11 beta drivers which have improved performance in titles like Metro last light, total war rome 2 . the R9 280X and HD 7970 are the same chip. stock R9 280X is a HD 7970 chip at 1000 mhz. factory overclocked versions go all the way upto 1150 mhz with the sapphire r9 280x toxic

http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/latest-catalyst-windows-beta.aspx

the sapphire dual x is a good cooling solution. i am saying this from the hd 7970 cards. there are not any reviews yet for the sapphire r9 280x dual x. the cooler plastic shroud seems to have changed a bit. but overall the heatsink with heatpipes is quite similar to the hd 7970 dual x.

but i would advise to spend the extra 30 dollars. the asus build quality is amazing. its a fully custom PCB and hands down the best cooler.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/R9_280X_Direct_Cu_II_TOP/images/front.jpg
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/R9_280X_Direct_Cu_II_TOP/images/cooler2.jpg
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Well , if you want the best bang for your buck i would go for the Gigabyte 280x OC.
It is cheaper then the ASUS DCU2TOP and comes with higher clocks out of the box.

EDIT : Cooling wise, Windforce 3x and DCU2 are similar in terms of actual cooling performance.
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I just found a Twin Frozr 7970 for $360. Is that worth it over the $400 280x ?

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I just found a Twin Frozr 7970 for $360. Is that worth it over the $400 280x ?

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the twin frozr cooler is ok. but can really struggle to keep the card well cooled with overclocking. also the fan gets loud beyond 50%. imo the money spent on the asus r9 280x is well spent. the rest is your choice. thumb.gif
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