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AMD equivalent to Nvidia 960/970 series?

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Trying to find my best option for a new water-cooled video card.

I'm narrowed it down to Nvidia 960/970 series I think and wanted to see AMD offering for those prices and specs and make a final decision from there.

Few specs that are must have:

4 monitor capable
4k capable
Full Waterblock available for the card.

Price range of $300, but preferably less. The 960 seems to do everything I want butt there are only a couple of ok Waterblock available for it, vs the 970 which has a wider/better selection of full sized Waterblock available, possibly pushing me to the 970 series.

So keep that in mind when suggesting an AMD card.
post #2 of 10
Pretty simple:

AMD equivalent for the GTX 960: R9 380
AMD equivalent for the GTX 970: R9 390.

I would try to buy a GTX 970 or R9 390, the performance jump from the GTX 960 performance bracket is significant (~30% more).
Edited by SlackerITGuy - 11/10/15 at 7:38am
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by SlackerITGuy View Post

Pretty simple:

AMD equivalent for the GTX 960: R9 380
AMD equivalent for the GTX 970: R9 390.

I would try to buy a GTX 970 or R9 390, the performance jump from the GTX 960 performance bracket is significant (~30% more).

Thanks for the info.

Even if I don't plan on gaming would you still suggest the 970 or 390 series cards?

I know people always say go Intel over AMD when it comes to cpu because their performance and longevity are better.

Can the same be said about Nvidia & AMD, or are they more of a even playing field when it comes to GPUs?

I assume full, nice water blocks are available for the 390 series?
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Hmm After going through Newegg and adding filters of HDMI 2.0 & 3 display ports1.2 so I can run 3-4 monitors only EVGA nNvidia chips & cards came up.

Unless someone can point to an AMD card that can do that, seems I'm going with a 960, but more than likely the pricier 970 series.
post #5 of 10
all card have different output its depend of the brand or model , some 2 dvi 1 hdmi 1 display port, some 1 dvi ,1 hdmi,3 display... that not a problem at all, use a display port adapter or simply hook one screen dvi or hdmi and the other display port.

Must of the 390 can use the 290 waterblock if the PCB is a reference one, so 970 have more block selection... not really its the other way around, if not reference check what waterblock with fit on what model/brand using the watercooling block brand you want.

for 3 monitor gaming, eyefinity beat nvidia surround, that one area where nvidia is behind

Also 8GB for AMD vs 3.5GB for the 970... if you want to run 4K screen the choice is easy to make , more Vram!
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for 3 monitor gaming, eyefinity beat nvidia surround, that one area where nvidia is behind

Also 8GB for AMD vs 3.5GB for the 970... if you want to run 4K screen the choice is easy to make , more Vram!

I have to politely disagree on your 1st point above, especially running multiple GPUs and gaming across multiple screens. However the second point is valid.
   
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If the 4K you are referring to is a TV . . . your best bet is an nvidia card BUT . . . not the 970 and certainly not the 960. 980 will be minimum. 2 of them. unless you do not plan on gaming.
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I don't plan on gaming, but would like to run a 4k TV off it.

So you don't think I can with a 970? 980 is out of my price range. I may just shelve the 4k idea for now.

I'd still like to run at least 3, still possibly 4 monitors.

I'll have to see what AMD full Waterblock are available. Doesn't seem to be any full blocks available for the 960 series, another reason why I pushed it up to the 970.

So do you guys still suggest a 380 series AMD card if a 960 Nvidia would do the job I need? Are full water blocks available for this style card?
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I don't plan on gaming, but would like to run a 4k TV off it.

So you don't think I can with a 970? 980 is out of my price range. I may just shelve the 4k idea for now.

I'd still like to run at least 3, still possibly 4 monitors.

I'll have to see what AMD full Waterblock are available. Doesn't seem to be any full blocks available for the 960 series, another reason why I pushed it up to the 970.

So do you guys still suggest a 380 series AMD card if a 960 Nvidia would do the job I need? Are full water blocks available for this style card?

if you have no plans on gaming, like i said, nvidia is the way to go for 4k tv 'cause of hdmi 2.0. 960 will be enuf. i recommend the 970 if budget allows.

keep the 4k idea.
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post #10 of 10
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I've been reading about 4k and it supposedly doesn't make sense except for really huge tvs or super close. And I'm sure 4k monitors are extremely expensive.

I think I might scrap the whole 4k concept and even the multiple display port 1.2 ports as I've been reading you can daisy chain monitors together with display 1.2.

This would be ideal for cable management and clutter.

Are display port 1.2 monitors readily available and affordable yet? If they are I may just go with a sub $200 AMD video Card That has a full water block available.
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