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Recently purchased the MSI 290x 4gb Gaming card, but haven't yet opened it. I'm debating whether to send it back or sell it in order to get a 970. The reason I didn't originally was because the retailer I use was out of stock. I exclusively game at 1080p with downsampling to 1440p on a Sony Bravia 32" 120hz hdtv. I will continue to for the next year or so. My questions are. Would you keep the card? If so, would it suffice for this duration? Thanks.
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Yes it will suffice as soon as the wrapper comes off it will lose like $150 in value...
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Keep it and overclock it because we are OCN
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Originally Posted by drnilly007 View Post

Yes it will suffice as soon as the wrapper comes off it will lose like $150 in value...

My thoughts exactly. Is the 970 technology vastly superior to the 290x? I've done some research and from what I can tell performance wise for the resolution I use there isn't a big difference. Now with that being said, it's always nice to have the newest, but that doesn't necessarily mean better.
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post #5 of 23
To me the only different between those two is the price and power consumption. According to some of the review the GTX 970 score higher frame rate in most games than the 290x. If you can return it and get 100% refund I would say go for it. Otherwise the 290x will handle everything you throw at it, and rendering stuff better than GTX 970 at least in my experience.
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To me the only different between those two is the price and power consumption. According to some of the review the GTX 970 score higher frame rate in most games than the 290x. If you can return it and get 100% refund I would say go for it. Otherwise the 290x will handle everything you throw at it, and rendering stuff better than GTX 970 at least in my experience.
Supposedly the card I bought has better cooling than other 290's. But the power consumption is still higher than the 970's.

What I might do is stick with the 290x for a few months. Then see what new gpus are coming out early next year. I'll obviously take a loss on the 290x but should still be able to get about $150 for it.
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post #7 of 23
You should be well at 200 range when the new AMD card coming out. I am looking forward to that myself. AMD need to give me lot of reason so I can convince my wife that it is worthy to stick to the RED side biggrin.gif. 290x is a great card you would enjoy it.
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Recently purchased the MSI 290x 4gb Gaming card, but haven't yet opened it. I'm debating whether to send it back or sell it in order to get a 970. The reason I didn't originally was because the retailer I use was out of stock. I exclusively game at 1080p with downsampling to 1440p on a Sony Bravia 32" 120hz hdtv. I will continue to for the next year or so. My questions are. Would you keep the card? If so, would it suffice for this duration? Thanks.

For 1080p the GTX 970 is generally ahead of R9 290X .For 1440p they are on par. The GTX 970 runs cooler, draws less power and has excellent OC headroom. So if you have not opened the box you could go with 970. smile.gif
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Recently purchased the MSI 290x 4gb Gaming card, but haven't yet opened it. I'm debating whether to send it back or sell it in order to get a 970. The reason I didn't originally was because the retailer I use was out of stock. I exclusively game at 1080p with downsampling to 1440p on a Sony Bravia 32" 120hz hdtv. I will continue to for the next year or so. My questions are. Would you keep the card? If so, would it suffice for this duration? Thanks.

Don't open it. Return it and get a 970. If you can up the ante a bit and go for the 980 - that will be great.
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post #10 of 23
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Don't open it. Return it and get a 970. If you can up the ante a bit and go for the 980 - that will be great.

Performance per $ is way off on the 980 compared to the 970. He'd do better to get a 970 initially and then SLI at a later date.
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