Originally Posted by TopicClocker
The 8800GTX was out of this world, and so was the more affordable 8800 GT even more so.
I'd love for there to be a second coming of the 8800 GTX, but if not the second coming of the 7970 would be good too, the 7950 and 7970 were amazing cards!
The 290X and 290 may not have been as "legendary" as the 7970 but the revisions of those cards are battling with the GTX 970 and 980 after the originals battled with the 780 and 780 Ti, if that's not a GPU worthy of a title, I don't know what is.
Custom 780 and 780 Ti also "battles" with 970 and 980 in many titles, they are legendary too then?
The point with Maxwell was tessellation performance, smaller die (= lower power consumption / better OC potential, cheaper prices. Remember 970 forcing AMD into several pricecuts on 290 series?). It was never meant to be a huge leap in performance, but on mobile GPU's it was, because of obvious reasons, a market AMD has lost completely. Nvidia even compared 980/970 to 680/670 on release (small/medium die vs small/medium die). 780/780 Ti were big dies, like GM200/Fiji.
670 / 680 - 294 mm2
780 / 780 Ti - 561mm2
970 / 980 - 398 mm2
980 Ti / Titan X - 601mm2
7950 / 7970 - 352mm2
290/290X/390/390X - 438 mm2
Fiji - 596mm2
People keep saying Kepler got gimped, but in most games (on game release, or very soon after) they are right up there with 970/980, in some games they are falling behind, but so are AMD's GPU's in some games. What's the difference? It's kinda obvious that Nvidia focuses on their newest architechture first, but Kepler works just as fine as AMD's GPU when looking at the big picture. I know plenty of people still using 780 series and they got no performance issues, they don't feel their cards got gimped because of Maxwell.
In tessellation heavy titles Maxwell often pulls ahead. 780 Ti often beats 970 in non-tessellation heavy games. 780 Ti beats 970 overall in TPU's benchmarks at 1080p+1440p+2160p, overall across ~20 popular games.
Alot of reviews use 780 reference, a custom 780 is much faster and pretty much on par with 970 reference, sometimes better. 780 reference was only clocked at ~900 MHz, custom cards are more like 1100 MHz and overclocks to 1200-1300. Custom 780's was pretty much on par with Titan Black and 780 Ti, out of the box. Meanwhile many review sites use 290/290X/390/390X custom cards for comparison, to avoid throttling. Reference 390/390X are very rare too. Still they compare with 780/780Ti/970/980 reference cards.
Originally Posted by GHADthc
Everyones forgetting bout the 8800GTS...first G92 chip and it squashed the 8800GTX when OC'ed, though the 8800GT was pretty awesome for its time.
I'm pretty impressed with the 290X, I don't care how crappy its perf/watt ratio is, but that's just me, what I am impressed with is how much legs it has, its totally destroyed the 780Ti in the long run, and a highly OC'ed one holds its own with an OC'ed 980.
It is a pretty hot chip though, with the orientation of my case, its VRM's heat up pretty drastically, even with a Raijintek Morpheus w/ SP120's and stock 290X heatsink plate mod, using Alphacool Eisschicht 14 W/mk thermal pads...maybe if they were getting more airflow on them in a different case...but its my only gripe, if I could calm that VRM1 temps down, I could be running stable at 1200/1450 on air, the SP120 Quiet editions aren't very loud at all on max, and I have them running through the pcb's so the have a custom fan curve in Afterburner..so noise is no longer an issue, that being one of the biggest gripes with them, the crappy stock cooler would scream like a banshee to keep an OC'ed 290X stable (I wouldn't even say cool).
tldr: 290X's where fine after replacing the crappy stock cooling with something decent like Silent Wing, Mk-26 or Morpheus, depending on the spacing of the motherboard one could even use Silent Wings or Mk.26's in crossfire..290's were even better if you got one that flashed to a 290X without a hitch.
"its totally destroyed the 780Ti in the long run" - Really.. They are quite equal in terms of performance, in some games 780 Ti win, in others 290X win. Overall quite even.