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Got that deal online from someone originally through Ebay. Is this worth the upgrade from my Crossfire 7950's? Using a 2560x1440 monitor and trying to play Crysis 3 and Metro LL at max settings. The 7950's don't have the muscle to play through these games at a steady 60fps with everything cranked all the way to the top.

So a pair of Sapphire R9 290X for 880$ seems like a great deal at the moment. Would the upgrade be worthwhile? Realistically, how much more performance can I expect? I'm currently on an i5-3550, won't this be a bottleneck?
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Got that deal online from someone originally through Ebay. Is this worth the upgrade from my Crossfire 7950's? Using a 2560x1440 monitor and trying to play Crysis 3 and Metro LL at max settings. The 7950's don't have the muscle to play through these games at a steady 60fps with everything cranked all the way to the top.

So a pair of Sapphire R9 290X for 880$ seems like a great deal at the moment. Would the upgrade be worthwhile? Realistically, how much more performance can I expect? I'm currently on an i5-3550, won't this be a bottleneck?

processor bottleneck will occur but only in some scenarios $880 for a 2 290X's is great find

i am just curious why your 7950 CF setup isnt good enough for 1440p
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I would keep the 7950s if they are clocked nice, however if money isn't an issue go for it just don't expect massive performance gains like 100 percent faster. it'll probably be around 50 percent faster.
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processor bottleneck will occur but only in some scenarios $880 for a 2 290X's is great find

i am just curious why your 7950 CF setup isnt good enough for 1440p
I can run Crysis 3 at Very High and get a steady 60fps but as soon as I kick in the MSAA, it takes a nosedive. FXAA just makes things uglier so I don't use it.

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I would keep the 7950s if they are clocked nice, however if money isn't an issue go for it just don't expect massive performance gains like 100 percent faster. it'll probably be around 50 percent faster.
Their current clock is 1000/1250. I don't bother overclocking. A 50% gain is also pretty massive by my standards.

Maybe I'm doing something wrong with my 7950's. Also, money won't be an issue. I'll probably sell them for around 330$ so the R9 290X will effectively end up being 550$. Roughly the price of just one.
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Sounds like you got a great deal! And yes they will be a worthwhile upgrade for sure. You will likely want to upgrade in the future to an 3770k though but try it out in the meantime and see how it does with the games you play.
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