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Hi everyone. I've been using for over a year now a crossfire of 7950 to play videogames on my pc. Now, since one of the two 7950 has a problem with the fan (it's noisy sometimes, but that's a factory build problem that happens with almost every Sapphire 7950 Dual-X Boost Ed.) and that i'd like to go back to a single GPU config, i'm looking at what to buy, after selling those 2 7950.
Money is the main problem actually (it all depends on how much i can sell the 7950s): i was looking into a r9 290 or a gtx 780 (please no fanboys here, just want to understand which would be better). I'm looking for something with overall lower temps and quiter, but ofc it has to have good perfocmances too. What would you guys recommend me?
Also, if i'd be able to get to the 290x price, between these three, which one would you pick? Thanks a lot!
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Are you saying that you'd like a recommendation based on the budget of being able to afford the 290X?

 

Also, what store(s) can you order from?

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Are you saying that you'd like a recommendation based on the budget of being able to afford the 290X?

Also, what store(s) can you order from?
Basically yes, but i'd like to know which would you pick firstly between the 780 and the 290, then between those two plus the r9 290x (i don't think i can afford it, but i'm asking just in case i could)
Anyway i think i'm gonna order from http://www.amazon.it
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get the 290. oc it 50MHz more on the core and it should match the 290X. there are 290 that are set at 1040 out the box like the Gigabyte 290OC. it is already faster than a stock reference 290X.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/8247668

7950/7970 crossfire

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7020955

save your money.

edit: i recommend this . . .

http://www.amazon.it/Sapphire-TRI-X-290-GDDR5-UEFI/dp/B00HFA44YQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400580741&sr=8-1&keywords=r9+290
Edited by rdr09 - 5/20/14 at 3:13am
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Yeah, the 290 is the best one to get because it's very similar in performance to the GTX 780, but a lot cheaper. Plus, as rdr09, you can overclock the 290 a little bit and have it match or beat the 290X.

 

If you want NVIDIA PhysX (only certain games use it), then you would need to go with the 780 for sure.

 

What case do you have?

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get the 290. oc it 50MHz more on the core and it should match the 290X. there are 290 that are set at 1040 out the box like the Gigabyte 290OC. it is already faster than a stock reference 290X.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/8247668

7950/7970 crossfire

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7020955

save your money.

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http://www.amazon.it/Sapphire-TRI-X-290-GDDR5-UEFI/dp/B00HFA44YQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400580741&sr=8-1&keywords=r9+290

Compared to the 7950 crossfire i currently have which are the differences fps (frames per second) wise?
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Yeah, the 290 is the best one to get because it's very similar in performance to the GTX 780, but a lot cheaper. Plus, as rdr09, you can overclock the 290 a little bit and have it match or beat the 290X.

If you want NVIDIA PhysX (only certain games use it), then you would need to go with the 780 for sure.

What case do you have?
I didn't really need PhysX, i'm curious to see it in action, but i actually don'r really care too much. Anyway i have an Antec 1100 (completely filled with fans, except for the one on the cpu side panel), why?
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Compared to the 7950 crossfire i currently have which are the differences fps (frames per second) wise?
I didn't really need PhysX, i'm curious to see it in action, but i actually don'r really care too much. Anyway i have an Antec 1100 (completely filled with fans, except for the one on the cpu side panel), why?

 

I wanna see how long of a card you can fit. :) It looks like you can fit just about any card in there, so I recommend getting the Sapphire Tri-X R9 290. When I was looking for a new card, this one was recommended to me the most!

 

Edit: lol see, rdr09 recommended it too! The card itself is 100% reference except for the cooler, but the cooler is awesome.


Edited by TwoCables - 5/20/14 at 3:31am
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Compared to the 7950 crossfire i currently have which are the differences fps (frames per second) wise?
I didn't really need PhysX, i'm curious to see it in action, but i actually don'r really care too much. Anyway i have an Antec 1100 (completely filled with fans, except for the one on the cpu side panel), why?

sorry, I stopped measuring fps in games, although, I will be starting soon. a member has asked a favor to compare difference with HT on and off on my i7. also, stock to all the way to 4.5GHz oc difference in games using the same gpu. I used to measure fps when I had the 7900 cards. I had to crossfire them to max out C3 using 1080. a single 7900 can't but a single 290 can.
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sorry, I stopped measuring fps in games, although, I will be starting soon. a member has asked a favor to compare difference with HT on and off on my i7. also, stock to all the way to 4.5GHz oc difference in games using the same gpu. I used to measure fps when I had the 7900 cards. I had to crossfire them to max out C3 using 1080. a single 7900 can't but a single 290 can.

 

This. I'm maxing out Crysis 3 with my 780 at its current overclock with my 2500K at 1680 x 1050 (using FXAA), and I'm getting pretty much a steady 60 FPS. Well, it feels that way. My Afterburner log shows occasional very brief dips down to almost 50 here and there (like for 1 second or so), and in SOME areas it shows more of an average of 50-55, but I never notice it! So, most of the time it's butter smooth. My 580 was absolutely unable to do that. It would often be in the 30s and low 40s, and it would often dip to the 20s and sometimes go into the teens. The lag was not as bad as you might think, but it made the game a little bit on the challenging side to play and it would also be hard on my eyes. With my 780 at its current overcloick, pff, I can play all day!

 

So, I'd expect the 290 to be the same way.

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I wanna see how long of a card you can fit. smile.gif It looks like you can fit just about any card in there, so I recommend getting the Sapphire Tri-X R9 290. When I was looking for a new card, this one was recommended to me the most!

Edit: lol see, rdr09 recommended it too! The card itself is 100% reference except for the cooler, but the cooler is awesome.
I think the Tri-X should fit, but i think i'm gonna make some measurements anyway, becasue i have the fan at the right of both the 7950s, so it takes some space. In case it won't fit because of the fan, which other brand would you recommend?

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sorry, I stopped measuring fps in games, although, I will be starting soon. a member has asked a favor to compare difference with HT on and off on my i7. also, stock to all the way to 4.5GHz oc difference in games using the same gpu. I used to measure fps when I had the 7900 cards. I had to crossfire them to max out C3 using 1080. a single 7900 can't but a single 290 can.
I've read that there's quite a difference between the 7950 crossfire and the r9 290 (crossfire should be a bit more powerfull), anyway that should be, in the end, pretty much in benchmarks only since many games don't use it too well, and because of microstuttering (i'm noticing micro-stuttering quite a bit, i have to play at 55-60fps with crossfire enabled to not notice that; with crossfire disabled 40-45fps are more then enough instead).

Another thing, anyways: to compare the 780 and the r9 290 (the Tri-X at this point) better, which 780 brand would you pick if you had to?
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