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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.

I have two of these cards. Quality wise its a nice card with hynix RAM, however The Twin Frozr cooler is not sufficient. If insist on AMD for whatever reason the Lightning is probably worth the premium, otherwise the 970 is the obvious choice.

I have replaced the coolers on mine and now I really like them, but if I were you, I'd send it back.... even if it means paying restocking fee - which I always avoided paying.
Edited by bbond007 - 10/22/14 at 4:02am
post #12 of 23
The performance difference between the 290X and the GTX970 is pretty negliable, as long as it didnt cost much more than the GTX970 would have - I'd say keep it.
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The performance difference between the 290X and the GTX970 is pretty negliable, as long as it didnt cost much more than the GTX970 would have - I'd say keep it.

The 970 will overclock WAY more though. For the same price, he should return the 290 and get the 970.
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post #14 of 23
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The 970 will overclock WAY more though. For the same price, he should return the 290 and get the 970.

No doubt it will overclock more you don't need to sell me, I own two GTX970's. But at the end of the day you are talking about 5 fps difference. I didnt see OP quote any prices on my quick reading, but if hes gonna have to pay restocking fee's, it might not be worth it.
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post #15 of 23
There's more to the comparison than just price and performance though. Noise levels and cooling requirements are important too.

You should also ask yourself whether there are any AMD or nVidia specific features you care about - Mantle/DSR/PhysX etc.
post #16 of 23
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There's more to the comparison than just price and performance though. Noise levels and cooling requirements are important too.

You should also ask yourself whether there are any AMD or nVidia specific features you care about - Mantle/DSR/PhysX etc.

you gonna make me quote this and say it. physx is actually rarely in any games that i see. other than batman.
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post #17 of 23
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you gonna make me quote this and say it. physx is actually rarely in any games that i see. other than batman.

That wasn't really the point. The point is that there are other factors that the Op may want to consider. It's up to him to decide if a feature is valuable whether it's in one game or a thousand. Doesn't matter whether it's Mantle, PhysX or any other proprietary feature.
post #18 of 23
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Thanks for the replies. Think I'll send it back. Really wanted the 970 anyway.
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post #19 of 23
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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

Agree - cool quite and less electric is a winner in my eyes biggrin.gif
post #20 of 23
Which was the price? If it was the same or lower than a 970GTX keep it otherwise return.it


Either way that core 2 quad is A HUGE bottleneck.
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