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With my 290x, and simply turning off all the DX11 features, I am averaging 120~ fps. It looks basically the same too. :]
Edited by Xinoxide - 4/1/14 at 9:05am
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Originally Posted by Mad Pistol View Post

That's a very good upgrade. It's just not as fast as a GTX 780 or R9 290.
but not as expensive either.
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post #83 of 93
I would still get a used 780/290, you will be able to take advantage of the higher refresh rate monitor.
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I would still get a used 780/290, you will be able to take advantage of the higher refresh rate monitor.
gonna go look on amazon...
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post #85 of 93
If you are going to run 1440p and have it overclocked to 96hz, you need the powah.
The 280x, while certainly a great choice at MSRP, will struggle. The 280x will probably give you med / high settings in games(of course depending on the title) in 1440p and higher than 60fps on some titles will be questionable.
The 290 / 780 should be where you should have your mindset at.

And as others have pointed out with your mITX case, a blower style will be optimal. Reference 290/780s offer that, but the 780 ref is undoubtedly your best bet.

My point of my post is to say that you should not be cheap when it comes to your GPU. You have a resolution that demands a beefy card. You splurged on the resolution, so don't neglect the power needed to run that!
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If you are going to run 1440p and have it overclocked to 96hz, you need the powah.
The 280x, while certainly a great choice at MSRP, will struggle. The 280x will probably give you med / high settings in games(of course depending on the title) in 1440p and higher than 60fps on some titles will be questionable.
The 290 / 780 should be where you should have your mindset at.

And as others have pointed out with your mITX case, a blower style will be optimal. Reference 290/780s offer that, but the 780 ref is undoubtedly your best bet.

My point of my post is to say that you should not be cheap when it comes to your GPU. You have a resolution that demands a beefy card. You splurged on the resolution, so don't neglect the power needed to run that!
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Gonna have to go with a 290 due to budget constraints.
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Gonna have to go with a 290 due to budget constraints.
I see. The 290 at MSRP is a sweet buy, that is for sure. The performance you get at that price is a steal.
Are you going to buy a reference 290 or an aftermarket one? Since you have a small form factor case, a blower style is recommended for cooling reasons.
    
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I see. The 290 at MSRP is a sweet buy, that is for sure. The performance you get at that price is a steal.
Are you going to buy a reference 290 or an aftermarket one? Since you have a small form factor case, a blower style is recommended for cooling reasons.
Reference. Found one on Amazon for $356 shipped, used.
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post #89 of 93
Damn, that was quick. tongue.gif
Nice price on that too. Just be aware of the reference cooler can be obnoxious if cranked past a point.
Are you going to attach a third party cooler on it in the future?
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Reference. Found one on Amazon for $356 shipped, used.

Sounds like a winner. Enjoy it. thumb.gif
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