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I'm looking to get a new video card in the next couple of months and am having trouble deciding which one to get. I've narrowed it down to these two cards, but wanted some more input on those that are current with these gpus.

I plan on eventually adding a second card for CF, so that has me leaning towards the 480. But, after comparing benches of the cards the 390x appears to be superior in every way, sans heat and power consumption.

What would you pick in my situation? Thanks.


edit: I am at 1440p
post #2 of 22
1) Forget CFX. Not worth it. If you want more performance just wait more for a faster GPU.
2) 390X is faster but at the same time is older, uses more power and runs hotter. I would say RX480 is a better buy right now even if its 5-10% slower. A good OC will match 390X.
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I would do 480. You can always CF later if need to.
 
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I agree with above post, I would stray away from CF setups unless you are familiar with them and have had good luck with them.

I have had multi CF setups before and all of them gave me headaches and issues. If you are deadset on these cards I personally would choose the 480 over the 390x, but if your running 1440p and are not biased on brand, have you looked into spending a little more money and checking out the GTX1070?
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1) Forget CFX. Not worth it. If you want more performance just wait more for a faster GPU.
2) 390X is faster but at the same time is older, uses more power and runs hotter. I would say RX480 is a better buy right now even if its 5-10% slower. A good OC will match 390X.
I'm wanting more reasons to get the 480, and you've given me another. Thanks. However, I have been a multi gpu user for years and disagree with CF not being worth it.
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I agree with above post, I would stray away from CF setups unless you are familiar with them and have had good luck with them.

I have had multi CF setups before and all of them gave me headaches and issues. If you are deadset on these cards I personally would choose the 480 over the 390x, but if your running 1440p and are not biased on brand, have you looked into spending a little more money and checking out the GTX1070?
If I can find a 1070 for MSRP I'd consider it. I have no loyalty towards either brand. I'm currently using nvidia and typically alternate between the two each upgrade cycle.
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1) Forget CFX. Not worth it. If you want more performance just wait more for a faster GPU.
2) 390X is faster but at the same time is older, uses more power and runs hotter. I would say RX480 is a better buy right now even if its 5-10% slower. A good OC will match 390X.
I'm wanting more reasons to get the 480, and you've given me another. Thanks. However, I have been a multi gpu user for years and disagree with CF not being worth it.

CF is personal preference and especially the games you play. Some love it some hate it. Some deal with it just because it looks friggin cool.
 
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I'm wanting more reasons to get the 480, and you've given me another. Thanks. However, I have been a multi gpu user for years and disagree with CF not being worth it.
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If I can find a 1070 for MSRP I'd consider it. I have no loyalty towards either brand. I'm currently using nvidia and typically alternate between the two each upgrade cycle.

I am the same way now, but in the past years I actually have been (to some extent) an AMD fanboy because older nVidia cards gave me nothing but issues in themselves, but with these new gen cards it changed a lot for me. I recently purchased a new 27inch 1440p monitor and my 290X just wasn't cutting it. The options that I had in mind was to purchase a 480 and then getting another one for CF setup or just get the 1070. I chose the 1070 because of 2 main reasons. 1, After long thought, I did not want to go back to a CF setup. I don't want the extra heat or sound, and would prefer to completely ignore any CF issue that I may come across. 2, I found a seller here on OCN selling a 1070 for a very good price so I jumped on it.

But seeing how you have CF experience and you'll most likely be fine, I honestly think going CF 480 or the 1070 are still really good options, plus they are both new gen cards which is always nice.
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I'm wanting more reasons to get the 480, and you've given me another. Thanks. However, I have been a multi gpu user for years and disagree with CF not being worth it.

Here is the thing. With both SLI and CFX I only recommend it if no better single GPU exists out there. Right now no AMD card should be CFX. For SLI maybe 1080s or if super rich Titan X.
When it works if's fine but if you play a lot of games it starts to show it's ugly side. I used to only play games where CFX was not necessary like Dota 2, SC2 and Battlefield where its worked really well but now that I am at 4K I need CFX for 80% of the games I play but most just do not work well. 390X is a old card now compare to what is out there. 1070 will be a lot better then 2 x 390X or 480s in everyday game-play. As far as 390X vs 480. For reference my 290X which in reality uses less power then 390X hits 60C with WC. That is very hot. I can't image how this card would run on air on summer days. CFX will just make things terrible. My rule is to have WC if CF these 250W+ cards.
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Here is the thing. With both SLI and CFX I only recommend it if no better single GPU exists out there. Right now no AMD card should be CFX. For SLI maybe 1080s or if super rich Titan X.
When it works if's fine but if you play a lot of games it starts to show it's ugly side. I used to only play games where CFX was not necessary like Dota 2, SC2 and Battlefield where its worked really well but now that I am at 4K I need CFX for 80% of the games I play but most just do not work well. 390X is a old card now compare to what is out there. 1070 will be a lot better then 2 x 390X or 480s in everyday game-play. As far as 390X vs 480. For reference my 290X which in reality uses less power then 390X hits 60C with WC. That is very hot. I can't image how this card would run on air on summer days. CFX will just make things terrible. My rule is to have WC if CF these 250W+ cards.

290X referenced air user here, I also live in FL. The card gets friggen HOT... i mean REALLY HOT and REALLY LOUD. Also a reason i chose to upgrade to a single 1070.
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