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im having a hard time choosing a gpu at the moment i have a 6870 and i want something good for future games also im not a hardcore gamer
i mainly play gta v and bf4 my max budget is 350-360 EUR after i get the new gpu i will sell my 6870 to a friend for 80EUR i believe

ill be honest i prefer NVIDIA over AMD, the gtx 970 is an awesome gpu since im gaming on 1080p but the gigabyte g1 version costs 388 + shipping which is a lot for me

would the gtx 970 gigabyte ITX be a good idea? for some OC too?

what about the gtx 960 4gb ? is it a poor card? i can get a 380x for the same money but its an AMD card not much room for OC , also they are loud and get hot easily at least my 6870 tongue.gif and i have good cooling in my case
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hmm i think the 380x is your only choice...

pfff i dont like AMD frown.gif
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what about the gtx 960 4gb ? is it a poor card? i can get a 380x for the same money but its an AMD card not much room for OC , also they are loud and get hot easily at least my 6870 tongue.gif and i have good cooling in my case
it has nothing to do with the actual performance it gains,
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2015/12/14/asus_strix_r9_380x_directcu_ii_oc_overclocking_review/12
a 380 performs the same (even outperforms the 960) and OC vs OC they are the same even if the 380 frequency is lower.

the 380x is better than both
post #5 of 18
The GTX 960 is a fine card, but as you have already been couseled, the r9 380/X is a faster card. I understand having preferences, we all do.

As for AMD running hotter, that is really not accurate. It really depends more on the cards cooling solution used by the vendor, not AMD. I've had Nvidia cards that run right upto 82C consistently and my current r9 280 barely breaks 70C overclocking to 1180mhz. It really depends card to card.
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what about the gtx 970 itx from gigabyte is it worth it?
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post #7 of 18
yes - 970 brilliant card - giga or zotac.

5 yrs warranty with mine - i normaly do giga all the time but the card i got now has many good reviews thumb.gif
post #8 of 18
Get 380X if you like overpaying for rebrands, this card is more than a used 290. Plus AMD = overhead, especially if you mention GTA5, look at some tests digital foundry did, 280X outperforms 750Ti by a mile when running GPU-intense content, but get in the city and this happened (skip to 1:54):

Unless you've got an OC'd i5/i7 this is a huge drop. I'd get 970. 280X - yes, but only with a fast CPU. 960 will perform better in CPU limited scenarios, but the card itself is not that fast. If you're okay with used just get a 2nd hand 7970 GHz, save 30-40% instead of a new 380X.
post #9 of 18
If you are dead set on a Nvidia and have the budget for a 320+ card then any of the 970s would be a good choice, and I'd figure that the full sized cards will offer a tad bit of performance over the itx model. I've had both the Asus Strix and the EVGA SC. Of the 2 I had a better experience with the EVGA. That being said, atthesame price point,the AMD 390 is going to perform better, and with the changes made between Hawaii and Grenada don't seem to be as hot or power hungry (slightly...)

That being said, if you are set on NVidia ,the 970 is a good card, but I think you will get a better performer at the same price by going with something other than the gigabyte itx.
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Save a bit more and go for 980 ti
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