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[Forbes]Crunching The Numbers: Should You Buy An AMD R9 290X Or Nvidia GTX 780?

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There are considerations to bear in mind with regards to the hardware itself. Nvidia’s GTX 780 is typically quieter and less power hungry than AMD’s 290X, but I don’t consider either of these a dealbreaker on their own.

Right now, Nvidia has the upper hand when taking all of these factors into account. But what happens if AMD returns fire and drops the 290x to $499? What if they suddenly include the 290x in their Radeon Rewards Gold bundle? Then, it may come down to simple allegiance, impulse, and sales.

Whichever you decide to purchase, feel confident that you’re getting one heck of a deal for a graphics card built to withstand years of AAA game releases. But exercise patience: As we’ve seen today, pricing can change dramatically in a seriously short timeframe.

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First article I have seen since Nvidia dropped prices.
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290x for 499 + 3 games would be an absolute steal, you could spend the saved money on a fire extinguisher thumb.gif
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This part made me laugh.
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Right out of the gate, the 290x wanted to assert its superiority even with Batman: Arkham City, an Nvidia optimized title.


But this is what it is all about.
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24 hours ago these results would have led to a dramatically different conclusion: Buy AMD’s 290x since it’s $100 cheaper and offers comparable, if not superior, performance to its closest competitor. With this morning’s aggressive price cut, however, Nvidia may be causing droves of tech journalists to revisit their 290x reviews.

As things stand now, Nvidia’s GTX 780 is $499, while AMD’s R9 290x is $549. Make no mistake: both cards are a steal at these pricepoints. So let’s talk about added value such as bundled games.
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I'm surprised the 290X didn't come with 3 games, GE has worked well in selling AMD GPU's, but it was probably costing them too much.

They basically charged $30 for BF4, with their "bundle"

I'm also surprised that NVIDIA has the better Gaming Bundle right now, along with Price / Performance, interesting turn of events.

780 + 3 Games for $499 is a great deal.
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This part made me laugh.
But this is what it is all about.

Yeah the 290X is a great card no doubt. The article is very well done in my opinion and really shows no bias. I believe he is right and AMD has no choice but to either drop prices for the 290X to $499 and/or start including the game bundles.
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post #6 of 12
nice article. exactly my point of view. AMD needs to drop the prices of the 290X to be competitive with the 780. And I thought the 780 Ti was the direct competitor to the 290X. oh boy was I wrong.
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For me, I think the future of mantle could be the deciding factor. I'm sitting on a 6970 and really want to upgrade before the end of the year. I'll see what mid november looks like and hopefully some good coolers will be out for the 290x
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Mantle will be the deciding factor for me as all I have played the past 2 years has been Battlefield 3.
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Stop posting these editorials. How many times do I have to repeat this? We have a sticky and it's there for a reason. Please, everyone have a read of it. We don't constitute opinions/editorials as news.
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Stop posting these editorials. How many times do I have to repeat this? We have a sticky and it's there for a reason. Please, everyone have a read of it. We don't constitute opinions/editorials as news.

My apologies. redface.gif
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