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It's just hard to add $100 to the same kind of performance with a 780.

R9 290 is available for same or lesser prices than GTX 780. xfx r9 290 for USD 440 being the best deal.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150697
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202080

Sapphire R9 290 has the best R9 290 reviews. low noise and temps.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/65172-sapphire-r9-290-4gb-tri-x-oc-review.html
http://anandtech.com/show/7601/sapphire-radeon-r9-290-review-our-first-custom-cooled-290
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post #42 of 93
Wait, I just noticed something.

Are you going to be adding this to your existing rig/case?

If so, the PNY GTX 780 I linked has a blower-type cooler that exhausts heat out of the chassis. You really should consider that if you're working on an enclosed mATX rig. Again, that cooler is super quiet.

That XFX R9 290 DD is going to exhaust a lot of heat into your case... way more than your current HD 7870.
Edited by Mad Pistol - 3/28/14 at 8:18pm
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post #43 of 93
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Wait, I just noticed something.

Are you going to be adding this to your existing rig/case?

If so, the PNY GTX 780 I linked has a blower-type cooler that exhausts heat out of the chassis. You really should consider that if you're working on an enclosed mATX rig. Again, that cooler is super quiet.

That XFX R9 290 DD is going to exhaust a lot of heat into your case... way more than your current HD 7870.

Oh yeah...good call...
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blue, you might be better off getting the cheapest of the 2 choices and replace that locked cpu. i play BF4 and although i can keep my HT off on my i7 i have to oc to 4.5GHz paired to a 290. only time i can turn ht off and put the cpu to stock is when i use mantle.
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For the Best game Performance for under $500 the r9 290 is the way to go. At Stock the 290 tends to be the better performer.

Ref 290's are only good if you wanna toss a block on them. And do get loud. Get Aftermarket.

The Stock 780 coolers will get loud as well if you end up overclocking them, or atleast louder then I would like. But it is a blower style card so that is just normal.


I got a 290 myself, vary nice card. IMO the 290's offers a better gaming experience on average. Have yet to get a block for it, but on a aftermarket cooler the card can OC pretty well.
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post #46 of 93
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blue, you might be better off getting the cheapest of the 2 choices and replace that locked cpu. i play BF4 and although i can keep my HT off on my i7 i have to oc to 4.5GHz paired to a 290. only time i can turn ht off and put the cpu to stock is when i use mantle.

No, not really. I have done my research on that topic.

http://www.techspot.com/review/734-battlefield-4-benchmarks/page6.html

So in short, not interested in upgrading my CPU.
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post #47 of 93
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Cheapest quality R9 290 I could find: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127774

And a PNY GTX 780 w/ Stock cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133489


If I had to guess, I would say that GTX 780 is probably quieter. Those Titan coolers are pretty amazing. As far as performance goes, it's a toss up. Take your pick. thumb.gif

stock for stock the R9 290 is going to be slighty faster by a smidge. the GTX 780 will be nicer to own (better looking and quieter). Overclock of either cards can easily offset performance differences.
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post #48 of 93
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No, not really. I have done my research on that topic.

http://www.techspot.com/review/734-battlefield-4-benchmarks/page6.html

So in short, not interested in upgrading my CPU.

if you'll stick to SP. MP 64 is a different animal. in BF4 MP i can leave HT off (4.5GHz) no problem with a 290. BF3 MP for some reason requires the same oc and HT on.
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if you'll stick to SP. MP 64 is a different animal. in BF4 MP i can leave HT off (4.5GHz) no problem with a 290. BF3 MP for some reason requires the same oc and HT on.

Its rare for me to play MP 64, more like 32.
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post #50 of 93
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Its rare for me to play MP 64, more like 32.

then i think you're good. just pick the cheaper of the two. they pretty much trade blows.
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