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post #11 of 25
The 970 will have better resale value when you choose to upgrade, but the R9 390X will probably have more life in it due to the VRAM and driver improvements coming from AMD.

If you have good case airflow and you don't intend to upgrade again for a while, I'd go for the R9 390X. An OC'd R9 390X can beat a GTX 980 in some games.


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post #12 of 25

I would go for the R9 390X.

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post #13 of 25
R9 390x

Same performance without the massive overclock + vram.
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post #14 of 25
It's all preference between these two cards, they are very close to each other. I've owned both and kept the 970 only because the main game I play is WoW and it likes Nvidia more. Other benefits were silent operation and low power usage. It can overclock like a beast with 80.1 ASIC but I don't need it to.

If I was buying a new card and played multiple games, I'd get the 390x.
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post #15 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kommanche View Post

The 970 will have better resale value when you choose to upgrade, but the R9 390X will probably have more life in it due to the VRAM and driver improvements coming from AMD.

If you have good case airflow and you don't intend to upgrade again for a while, I'd go for the R9 390X. An OC'd R9 390X can beat a GTX 980 in some games.



So a 390X custom card with higher than stock clock, can beat a reference 980? I would certainly hope so..

970 is good bang for buck for 1080-1200p and whisper quiet, no 390/390X comes close in terms of noise output.

Performance across ~20 popular games at 1080p and 1440p:




Edited by Lass3 - 2/9/16 at 5:14am
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post #16 of 25
If you get a 390x try to buy this powercolor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131676&FM=1

It will oc quite well and will match/outperform a GTX 980
post #17 of 25
The 970 and the 390 (non-x) are pretty evenly matched when OC'd on air. The 390X on the other hand is usually faster, by 5-10% or so.

I think this is a good review of one of the fastest 970's there is: http://www.ocaholic.co.uk/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=3915&page=0

That 970 is running 1418MHz on the core. Compare it with the MSI R9 390x that is clocked at 1100MHz core and you'll see that the 390X is usually a bit faster. Both of those cards have about 10% more overclocking headroom left, the 970 maybe a bit more and the 390X a bit less (1200MHz is pretty much the max 24/7 OC for Hawaii on air). I'd choose the 390X, but it depends on the games you play. Oh yes, and if you're aiming for 1080P@144Hz, the 970 with its lower CPU overhead might be the ticket.
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post #18 of 25
the 390x is better but also costly, you could save 100$ and go with a gtx970 "normal" premium like EVGA SSC\SC, gigabyte g1, asus strix..
you just have to buy in the right place but they are usually at 300-320
paying 80 just for 50mhz its not worth, not for me at least.
Edited by jmcosta - 2/9/16 at 9:07am
post #19 of 25
390x>970 in all areas except power consumption.

Kinda sucks you need a new card now, as both AMD and Nvidia are set to release some new cards here soon. I'd personally pick up a 380x, and just wait for the new cards. It will give you enough performance for now, and you will save some $$ that can be put towards a better card when they are released. The 380x is only 200-250$, or nearly half the cost of a 390x, or 970. Another option would be to find a used 290x, which is basically the same a 390x.
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post #20 of 25
390x all day long.
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