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I can pick up 2 brand new asus strix 970 this weekend for 500 and i was wondering if that is a steal and worth while upgrade over my 290?
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I'd do it. if you don't like sli you can sell one and pick between the card you like and sell the other as well.
Win win IMO

BTW: I'm in the market for either card in about a week, so you already have a potential buyer.
Edited by white owl - 5/17/15 at 9:28am
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get a 2nd 290(x). and get about the same performance(if you have a 290x
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get a 2nd 290(x). and get about the same performance(if you have a 290x
I was thinking about it, but im not sure if my 750w can handle the draw of crossfire 290x. Additionally the reason i was leaning toward this was, because i was considering picking up the 1440p 144hz gsync monitor. After looking around though it seems the next gen stuff are right around the corner and if i was going to go hard a new titan card might not be bad.
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I was thinking about it, but im not sure if my 750w can handle the draw of crossfire 290x. Additionally the reason i was leaning toward this was, because i was considering picking up the 1440p 144hz gsync monitor. After looking around though it seems the next gen stuff are right around the corner and if i was going to go hard a new titan card might not be bad.
a Titan X to a 290x cf is sidegrade.unless you run out of vram,

and a 850w psu nowadays is 60usd AR, just selling your current psu and getting a 2nd 290. and you are fine,also there are some freesync monitors for about 600
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970 SLI will be nice for quite a while... I'd go for it.
 
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Might want to check this article for some more gaming/power numbers: linky

The setups trade blows but the 970s will run cooler, use less power and can potentially overclock better. Pretty much a sure thing you can do at least 1400 core clock on the 970s so +100 over what the reviewers have so they'll probably pull ahead in most of the titles then.

Strix cards have the 0 rpm curve as well up to a degree, I think 65c? So silence on your typical desktop usage as well.

For $500 I'd go for the 970s and sell your 290. If the 970s were at retail I'd wait for a 290 to go on sale.
Edited by Azefore - 5/17/15 at 12:08pm
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Might want to check this article for some more gaming/power numbers: linky

The setups trade blows but the 970s will run cooler, use less power and can potentially overclock better. Pretty much a sure thing you can do at least 1400 core clock on the 970s so +100 over what the reviewers have so they'll probably pull ahead in most of the titles then.

Strix cards have the 0 rpm curve as well up to a degree, I think 65c? So silence on your typical desktop usage as well.

For $500 I'd go for the 970s and sell your 290. If the 970s were at retail I'd wait for a 290 to go on sale.
you know that alreaydy at 4k there is stuttering due to the vram usage(3.5+) on console ports and the numbers shown just tell how much fps will do,but not how smooth is.and he owns a 290x
Edited by PontiacGTX - 5/17/15 at 12:23pm
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you know that alreaydy at 4k there is stuttering due to the vram usage(3.5+) on console ports and the numbers there are meaningless.and he owns a 290x

Didn't bother checking his sig rig, my bad, he said 290 on post 1.

Also yes I'm well aware of the stuttering, however with recent drivers I'm not able to push my vram on my 970s over 3.5GB, I've heard similar reports from others as well. It's implemented to prevent this me thinks.

Wouldn't call the numbers meaningless either, they're still obviously a representative of how their test set-up preformed at that date.

Edit: Gave GTA 5 (console port) a whirl at 4k, 2x msaa, 2/3 advanced graphics on (CPU bottleneck on my end), and v-sync on. Got ~50fps driving around the city on a motorcycle, no stuttering from GPUs.
They were hitting 3300-3400mb usage and never exceeded it. Only stuttering came from when my CPU hit 100% usage on all cores (once).
Edited by Azefore - 5/17/15 at 12:36pm
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I would pick up the 970s. Also to everyone worried about 4k THE 970 WASN'T designed for 4k so stop with it already.at $500 you can't beat sli 970s. Op if you don't buy them please let me know I'll be happy to add them to my 970 collection.
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