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Hi everyone,

I am looking to get a new GPU and spend just over £400. Both the TriX OC R9 290X and GTX 780 Classified are about £420 but I can't decide which to get. Rest of my system is in my signature.

From reading I think that the TriX is the quietest and coolest 290X, is this true?

Obviously the 290X is a "generation" further than the 780 series but would the performance be similar or does one perform better? (& which one). As both cards perform really well it is really down to temperatures and noise. Noise takes priority over heat but I don't want to be in the 75C+ region if I can help it.

Alternatively - would a "cheaper" 780ti out perform both and be cooler/quieter? If so I might consider going over the £500 mark frown.gif I usually prefer to get the best version of an item over the cheaper ones but as this costs so much I might do it. 780ti classified is like £200 more than 780 classified so probably not worth it.

I don't have time to browse whilst at work so sorry if this kind of thread has been posted a million times!

Thanks for any input!
Devotii
Edited by Devotii - 4/16/14 at 1:48am
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I would get the 290X. It will be faster than the 780 across the board by 10-15%, however, the classy's to tend to OC higher than the usual one's. The cooler on 290X should also allow you to oc it better than the reference boards. Plus, 1 gb VRAM and if you are powering multi-monitors, the 290X would give better performance.
Edited by huzzug - 4/16/14 at 1:54am
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I would get the 290X. It will be faster than the 780 across the board by 10-15%, however, the classy's to tend to OC higher than the usual one's. The cooler on 290X should also allow you to oc it better than the reference boards. Plus, 1 gb VRAM and if you are powering multi-monitors, the 290X would give better performance.

^this. the classies are overclocking monsters. 100MHz oc on the 780 will match a 290 (nonX). about 150MHz to match a X.
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So you think get the 290X and OC it rather than the 780 classy and OC that, based on the VRAM being higher?
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At the same price the 290x gets my vote.

And yes, the 780 Ti will outperform both but really is not worth the extra money for the little bit of performance you gain.
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I would get the 290X. It will be faster than the 780 across the board by 10-15%, however, the classy's to tend to OC higher than the usual one's. The cooler on 290X should also allow you to oc it better than the reference boards. Plus, 1 gb VRAM and if you are powering multi-monitors, the 290X would give better performance.

...and I would get the 780 Classified since it will be faster across the board. biggrin.gif
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So you think get the 290X and OC it rather than the 780 classy and OC that, based on the VRAM being higher?

scalling wise . . . i recommend the 290X or 290. depending on your resolution, even 3GB is enough for awhile.

you do know 780 6GB are coming out, right? that is, if you are concerned about vram much.

edit: wait, you are coming from a 7950? just get that 290. it is like 2 7950s. i know. i used to have a 7950 and a 7970 crossfired.
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...and I would get the 780 Classified since it will be faster across the board. biggrin.gif

Pics or it didn't happen biggrin.gif
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Thanks again for input! I know about the 6gb VRAM cards but I think 4gb is a sweetspot right now, my 7950 has 3gb and seems fine but newer games recommend 3gb so 1gb exrea doesn't hurt.

Is my Corsair TX650w enough for a TriX 290X OCed? Does any one know if they are actually quiet enough to game without headphones? I'm thinking that at late night will it keep my house awake or can I silently game till late?(Same questions for 780 classified also) smile.gif
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Thanks again for input! I know about the 6gb VRAM cards but I think 4gb is a sweetspot right now, my 7950 has 3gb and seems fine but newer games recommend 3gb so 1gb exrea doesn't hurt.

Is my Corsair TX650w enough for a TriX 290X OCed? Does any one know if they are actually quiet enough to game without headphones? I'm thinking that at late night will it keep my house awake or can I silently game till late?(Same questions for 780 classified also) smile.gif

compare the graphics scores . . .

7950

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5059839

290

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/8233743

my cpu is at stock and ht off for BF4 mantle.wink.gif
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