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Is this a good time to upgrade??

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With the onset of new hardware rumored this spring/summer is now the time to upgrade to fury or wait for new rumored hardware?

On one hand if waiting is the best option use lower settings for online gaming until new hardware is released. Hopefully before the end of summer. By then current online gaming may or may not be as popular. But more dx 12 titles may surface.

OR

Get exiting fury card now knowing that hbm2 will be out and this next gen with rumored performance 50% or more performance. Roll the dice on fury card being enough knowing that it will be slower then existing new hardware in 2 to 3 mos.
post #2 of 6
This is just my opinion. It depends on your current card(s). I am sure that the cards coming out will be faster than the nano (the high-end), for example, but will be more expensive for sure. To get a good price on the new cards . . . you have to wait a few months. Six months?. That means 8 months on your current card. I guess, you can say, it also depends on the budget as well.

Now, if your current card is still up to the task, then the wait won't be that gruelling.
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thanks for the tip. That's an interesting prospective you have there. next gen high end cards will have 8 gigs of hbm2 but I just read this conclusion of a review about vram usage using rise of tomb raider. Which found that some games will be optimized in a way that will allow vram to more like cache and system memory more like vram. So it looks like 4hbm will be more then enough. The question remains what other games will be optimized that way and how long will we have to wait for that. So this gens of 1 hbm cards appears to have some longevity to them.
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Not a good time to buy a new card. Wait for Polaris. just 4 months away.
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I would say purchase a card now, except AMD recently released a new version of their drivers. By now they should be stable, however, I am not sure because I replaced my R9 290 with an MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning LE that was on sale.

Currently, my video card is faster than AMD's latest offering. There are a couple of caveats I found with moving from AMD to Nivdia that I have never seen in a review. [The old drivers were properly removed, I was a computer consultant for many years and prepping for new drivers is a very easy process.]

1. There is an UGLY line drawn around everything. I eventually got used to it, many people may not notice it, those that only use Nvidia cards and those with a smaller screens than mine; my screen is a 40 inch Samsung 2 feet from my face, so the lines will look thicker on my screen.

2. For some reason after powering on the computer [cold start] it takes longer for the drivers to load compared to AMD. When I first got the GTX card, I started playing games very shortly after the computer booted into Windows. Unfortunately, some games [with poorly written code or a LOT of code to load] I had all kinds of problems, even computer lock up [freeze] that required a hard boot of the computer - that is a serious issue. I solved it by waiting an extra couple of minutes, such as starting up music to listen to or check email, after that I have had no problems.

If you have the patience I suggest you wait, however, I did not wait because of my screen resolution, as I said I purchased the MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning LE and it runs every game* I have at more than playable fps and demanding games run smoother than with my R9 290. However, my screen resolution is only 1920x1080p [very fine mesh]. 1920x1080 is still the most used resolution.

* I just wish Flight Simulator X did not require 4.4GHz on my i5 3570K to smoothly run with eye candy turned up with add-on environment and aircraft. [The MSX team thought that Intel would have 10GHz CPUs long before now - or CPUs that had a compatible 10GHz throughput equivalent single thread [made in 2012] before now - they did not anticipate Intel shifting emphasis from CPU speed to more cores and more so - IGP, sorry a little off topic.] Every other game is happy with my CPU running at 4GHz and my 980 Ti Lightning LE. I found that I did not have to overclock it [past Lightning speeds, which it can], games are happy at stock speeds.

I have my doubts that the next gen cards will be able to run demanding games at extremely high resolution on a single card.

I put a lot of information here in case you are still sitting on the fence and how games are running on my computer, as reference.

My question, what video card do you currently have? And, what CPU do you have, as some games are CPU demanding, and the proper CPU and motherboard [data throughput] will be needed to feed a very fast video card [game dependent].
post #6 of 6
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Thanks for the feed back everyone.

I decided to get a r9 fury card instead of waiting. I had a 5870 before so I've been waiting for a long time. Rdr09 made a very good point, at least for me. Even if the cards come out in 3-5 mos. they will be priced higher and more then likely the wait to actually buy one would be much longer then that. Also, driver maturity may also compound that wait.
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