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The 280 and 285 are not really intended to push 1440 and are in their sweet spot at 1080. If you want 1440 the 290 is the best bang for the buck to get the most performance from a system.

I have a 285 system and it can throw around games really nice at 1080. Smooth play back and a nice feature set for some future use.

I agree with you... I was going to get a R9 285 too, but I have seen prices of the R9 290 dropped close to or at the 285 level... so now I am considering the R9 290 hoping my 550watt PSU will support it if not I may need a new PSU.
 
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Wow I didnt realize this. This single fact has changed my opinion on two things:

1) I now consider the R285 to be a smarter buy than the R280.

2) That's a big strike against Freesync since that it would be useful for weaker cards stuggling to meet 60fps @ 1080p AND Nvidia Gsync is supported on weaker cards (GTX650TI and better). I guess you could make an argument like who in their right mind would buy a GTX650TI and GSYNC monitor but it still nice that it's supported. Advantage Gsync.

so for freesync to work i would need a freesync monitor as well? or does it run on any monitor? im looking at a monitor as my next purchase but havent took into account freesync/gsync options on them at all
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well i can get a 285 for around £150 so still way off an r9 290 £200+ price tag ( although i would love one ) the r9 200 series is really were im at for cost at the moment... although going with the r9 285.. would that not hold its value longer as its a newer card? that would let me of set the price of a newer card some time in future
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post #264 of 283
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so for freesync to work i would need a freesync monitor as well? or does it run on any monitor? im looking at a monitor as my next purchase but havent took into account freesync/gsync options on them at all

Yes, but to my knowledge currently no Freesync monitors exist. I think there are some shipping now, that promise to be upgradeable to FreeSync tho.
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post #265 of 283
is suppose its not really an option to considor in this upgrade then as the new monitors will porobs be really expensive when first out... any gsync ones ive seen have been like £1000
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post #266 of 283
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ok ive just read this whole thread ans still cant decide if the r9 285 is worth buying.. ive been looking at the r9 280/x lately and was interested in this for the new architecture etc..etc

and as far as i can see it sits on par with the r9 280 in most games... so is it just the 2gb of memory and 256 bus width that is putting people off? and is this really going to be a problem with 1080p gaming?

does anyone actually own/tested these cards that could give me an idea if i should go this route or not

thanks
For the same price you can get an R9 280. You want the extra 1GB of VRAM. For modern 1080P gaming 3GB is about what you need, 2GB cards are starting to be limit you @ 1080P. Plus you get 384 bit going with 280.
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yeh i kind of guessed that... just these cards look very interesting and i suppose if it had 3gb of vram it be a no brainer.
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post #268 of 283
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I agree with you... I was going to get a R9 285 too, but I have seen prices of the R9 290 dropped close to or at the 285 level... so now I am considering the R9 290 hoping my 550watt PSU will support it if not I may need a new PSU.

My 290X system when gaming is only pulling 475 watts from the wall. In theory if you have a GOOD PSU you should be okay but really close to the edge. Personally I would buy a new PSU if going to a 290.

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For the same price you can get an R9 280. You want the extra 1GB of VRAM. For modern 1080P gaming 3GB is about what you need, 2GB cards are starting to be limit you @ 1080P. Plus you get 384 bit going with 280.

I am curious how many games you think have been released that need more than 2 Gig to get a great game experience at 1080? Shadows of Mordor is the one that comes to mind but even it can run easily on 2 gig if you do not push the ultra textures, which BTW do not give all that much to the games appearance.
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I agree with you... I was going to get a R9 285 too, but I have seen prices of the R9 290 dropped close to or at the 285 level... so now I am considering the R9 290 hoping my 550watt PSU will support it if not I may need a new PSU.

550 watt psu is fine for a system with any single gpu graphics card.
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I am curious how many games you think have been released that need more than 2 Gig to get a great game experience at 1080? Shadows of Mordor is the one that comes to mind but even it can run easily on 2 gig if you do not push the ultra textures, which BTW do not give all that much to the games appearance.

well, Dragon Age Inquisition on a r9-280x with close to full Ultra settings and x2MSAA at 1080p will eat up 2.5gb of vram

considering the 280x can hit about 60fps with those settings, it should be playable on a 285, which means the 285 would be vram starved/limited in that title, forcing lower settings
 
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