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Poll Results: Which GPU(s) is the best for gaming at 2560x1440

 
  • 0% (0)
    CFX R9 280x XFX Black Edition
  • 0% (0)
    CFX R9 280x MSI Gaming Edition
  • 0% (0)
    Nvidia 770
  • 50% (4)
    Nvidia 780
  • 0% (0)
    R9 290
  • 50% (4)
    R9 290X
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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hey,

I have done an absolute buttonne of research but cant make up my mind... I will be gaming on a 2560x1440 120hz monitor and i want the most power i can get for under $800.
I am leaning towards cfx 280x (either xfx black edition or msi gaming edition) but i am unsure as i have only used nvidia and I have read about microstutter issues with crossfire and sometimes the cards just dont perform well etc etc. Can anyone help me out here with evidence. Also is xfx an okay brand to go with or should i wait for the msi card to come back into stock?

Thanks
Josh
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2 x 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD 2 TB HDD Samsung SH-222AB 
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Corsair H105  Windows 7 64bit 24" Asus VS248 24" Asus VS248 
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42" Soniq TV 27" 2560x1440  Ducky DK2108S Shine Zero Cherry MX Blue Silverstone Strider Plus 850w 
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post #2 of 7
I am going with the 780 option personally for my surround setup this time around. I was going to go with a 290 cfx setup but after the prices were driven up by the miners I refuse to spend the extra amount on an amd card right now. I am going with a single powerful card to try and aviod sli for a bit, but I had 2 670's in sli for surround and I didn't notice any microstuttering in any game other than BF4 and that game gives me stuttering issues with one card tongue.gif
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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
I was also looking at the 780, but the cfx 280x's give quite a bit more performance and thats what im after at the moment. If people have had experience with amd cfx please post in here id like to hear all about it

thx
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2 x 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD 2 TB HDD Samsung SH-222AB 
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Corsair H105  Windows 7 64bit 24" Asus VS248 24" Asus VS248 
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post #4 of 7
I will always prefer the Nvidia, just because of not dealing with Crossfire, and ATI Catalyst. The drivers do not work for some games, and can also cause BSOD. and when it comes to 120 HZ, that has to do with the monitor not the GPU. If you get either ATI or Nvidia you will be bottle-necking until you get a High end Monitor
120Hz - 144Hz Refresh Rate 27"-29"-30"+. I currently am running a ASUS VG278HE for the 3D Vision and 144Hz Refresh Rate, and the 2ms GTG response time.

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post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by Molten View Post

I was also looking at the 780, but the cfx 280x's give quite a bit more performance and thats what im after at the moment. If people have had experience with amd cfx please post in here id like to hear all about it

thx
best way is a 780gtx and then do sli.
post #6 of 7
I don't how much 280x's are in the states but in Canada on Newegg they're $400+ closer to $450. That's $900 give or take or $750 for a 780 Ti.

I'd go with the 780 Ti and not have to deal with CF issues. 290x is a good choice also but non reference cards are pushing near $700, may as well just get the 780 ti for that price.
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post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by rts2468 View Post

I will always prefer the Nvidia,

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But you light it up RED instead of green - subconsciously you want to come out of the closet and reveal the Amd in you biggrin.gif
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