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1440p upgrade: 290x VS 780 ti

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Current rig:

i5 2500k
GTX 580
8 GB RAM

on an Asus PB278Q and I think it's finally time to let my 580 rest in a box for the rest of its days or resell it. The problem is that I really can't decide which one to buy next. Main choices are AMD R9 290X and an Nvidia GTX 780TI. I checked some tests etc and performance wise the second seemed to be almost always above the other but it's also true that it comes with a plus on the price.
I've always been a bit of a "green guy" but I can't really understand if it would be worth my money or not this time.
Suggestions?
post #2 of 7
I'm voting on the R9 290x. You can pick up one for around $300 on ebay due to the mining craze. The 4GB of vram will come in handy at that resolution and will allow you to turn on some memory intensive eye candy.
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I'm voting on the R9 290x. You can pick up one for around $300 on ebay due to the mining craze. The 4GB of vram will come in handy at that resolution and will allow you to turn on some memory intensive eye candy.

Yeah I'm from Italy unfortunately. Prices starts from 400€ for a 290x, with the 780TI at 550 for a good non reference one.
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Yeah I'm from Italy unfortunately. Prices starts from 400€ for a 290x, with the 780TI at 550 for a good non reference one.
For the smaller price difference I'd say 780 Ti all the way! Nvidia is rocking it right now and I have a feeling that we'll see more and more games utilizing PhysX and other Nvidia specific features.
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Yeah I'm from Italy unfortunately. Prices starts from 400€ for a 290x, with the 780TI at 550 for a good non reference one.

I'm in the same spot as you , living in Greece i can only assume we have approximately the same climate , the r9 290x is a heat beast with it's reference cooler so that might be a problem during the summer where ambient temps might hit up to 40+ . Either get the cheapest non reference r9 290x or get a decent 780ti with beast cooling . ( All this provided you don't put it under water)
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If you can get your hands on the EVGA with ACX cooling you'll be good to go!
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oc it 50MHz more over a stock reference 290X and it should match it . . .

http://www.hardwareversand.de/articlesearch.jsp

some are already as fast or even faster than a 290X out the box.

this too

http://www.mindfactory.de/product_info.php/4096MB-Asus-Radeon-R9-290-DirectCU-II-OC-Aktiv-PCIe-3-0-x16--Retail-_949752.html

edit: oc your cpu to 4.5GHz. its about equal to 3 580s. (just my estimate). just to give you a reference . . . compare graphics scores

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/8141281

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/8142501
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