Originally Posted by zemco999
Based on the fact that you want to play bf4... I would probably go with the AMD card. I am not voting though, because I have not owned any of them
I probably will end up with an AMD card in the end. Right now though, the biggest part is deciding which one to go with. I was leaning heavily toward the 280X, but as AlphaC has pointed out, a 290X may be possible if I sell my current card.
Originally Posted by AVIONICSTECHSR
SAPPHIRE HD 7970 OC 3GB GDDR5
GPU 950/1000 MHz Core Clock
28 nm Chip
2048 x Stream Processors
Video Memory 3072 MB Size
384 -bit GDDR5
5700/5800 MHz Effective
This is what I have. Works for me.
This is another option I have. My only (rather superficial) concern with this card is the appearance. I'm trying to go for a red and black theme and while my current green GEFORCE GTX branding is off, a mostly blue card would be rather troublesome. Once again though, that's a superficial concern and I have heard many good things about it. If it ends up being the best option, I'll probably go for it.
Originally Posted by AlphaC
If you're looking at SLI/Crossfire I'd wait for any high-end launches from AMD/Nvidia (R9 290X or rumored GTX 780Ti)
1. because dual GPU setups are more finnicky in terms of cooling (unless you watercool one of your GPUs better be a blower) and support in applications
2. ~ $600+ for R9 280X crossfire vs $650 for GTX 780 or ~600-700??? for R9 290X
EVGA cards have awesome resell value even if their components aren't the greatest, due to the warranty (which was recently cut from lifetime to 3 year). That's why getting rid of them before warranty is almost up is a good idea.
The ASUS R9-280X and Sapphire R9-290X TOXIC are the only real "new" cards (r9 280x is basically a HD7970 rebrand) right now in the AMD camp, if you're buying say a Gigabyte/HIS/Powercolor/MSI card I'd just go for a well cooled HD7970 or HD7970GE w/ voltage unlocked. MSI's R9 280X has VRM cooled poorly unlike their 7970...
Ok, I was planning on waiting to see what the prices were for those, but I wasn't expecting it to be a feasible price for my budget. Though, if I end up selling my 660ti they may work. Also, I knew the R9 280X is basically a rebrand, but how are the Asus or the Sapphire TOXIC new? Newer PCB/Cooling somehow?Edited by roflcopter159 - 10/21/13 at 9:28pm