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GTX 760 2GB vs Radeon R9 280 3GB

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New builder here!

Is it worth the extra 30 bucks or so for the 280? It seems like that extra gig of vram may be quite beneficial in the next year or two. I have no plans for multiple displays and will be at 1920x1080. With that said, should I also consider the 4gb 760? I know it's overkill right NOW for single displays, but how about in the next couple of years? I also plan on buying a second card and using SLI/CX in the future.

Halp me decide!
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If you plan on overclocking I'd go with the R9 280. They should hit 1100 core easily and perform very well at that speed too. The 4gb 760 is silly unless you plan on SLI.

I've had the 7950 and the 760 2gb. Both stock perform about the same. Both overclocked and the 7950/R9 280 pulled out ahead. This is at 1080p and an i5.
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R9 280 (aka HD7950 with an overclock) is a faster card (more VRAM, 50% bigger memory bus, 50% bigger L2 cache , more Texture map units) but mining card pricing inflation hasn't fully returned to normal.

R9 280 competes with the older GTX 670.

The GTX 670 is faster than the GTX 760.

The only problem with the R9 280 is power consumption, if you play with voltage a bit you might be able to get it to be <200W. The GTX 760 normally runs 160W or so.
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The 4gb 760 is silly unless you plan on SLI.

I do actually, could you elaborate a little more?
Edited by generalkayoss - 3/31/14 at 1:38pm
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For single card,single display it comes down to brand preference mostly.If you have none the nod goes to the 280 for outright performance and bigger VRAM for future xfire.
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Thanks guys.

It seems like that extra gig of vram in the 280 is worth the extra 30 bucks! I plan on eventually overclocking my cpu a bit but hadn't with the gpu. But seeing as the 280 has a rather low 850mhz stock core clock I may look into that. Or get a card thats already over.
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Thanks guys.

It seems like that extra gig of vram in the 280 is worth the extra 30 bucks! I plan on eventually overclocking my cpu a bit but hadn't with the gpu. But seeing as the 280 has a rather low 850mhz stock core clock I may look into that. Or get a card thats already over.

Don't be lazy! Just slide the slider. wink.gif
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Don't be lazy! Just slide the slider. wink.gif

That easy huh? smile.gif
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That easy huh? smile.gif

yeah. get the MSI R9 280 gaming for USD 280. runs at 1 ghz which puts it at HD 7970(925 mhz) perf. 1100 - 1150 mhz is easy.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127789

R9 280 is a HD 7950 rebrand.easily faster than GTX 760.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/10/21/asus_geforce_gtx_760_directcu_ii_oc_video_card_review/9
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