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I'm running a pair of Powercolor 290X LCS cards in my loop right now, but have seen a lot of new cards released since.

http://www.powercolor.com/us/products_features.asp?id=521

With the new games coming out (mainly BF1) should I ditch them for a new single card?

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You are only at 1080p so even with 144hz I think you are fine. Best thing to do is just play the game this week with the free beta and see how you do. No reason to spend money when you can test easily. Optimization will only get better for release from beta.

If you want something new and much less heat you can sell the 290x's for like 200 each and get a 1070 or 980ti.
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I'd hold out for the game to be released. If you are fine with the heat and power they generate and consume, they're far better at running the game than even the RX480. Besides, if BF1 is your go to game in the next couple of months, investing in Nvidia maybe a bad call even though the GTX1080 & the GTX1070 are considerably faster than the 290's
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You are only at 1080p so even with 144hz I think you are fine. Best thing to do is just play the game this week with the free beta and see how you do. No reason to spend money when you can test easily. Optimization will only get better for release from beta.

If you want something new and much less heat you can sell the 290x's for like 200 each and get a 1070 or 980ti.

I run the 144hz monitor at 1440 and pulling just over 200 FPS in BF4 most of the time. NVidia is not an option, but that's just me.

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I'd hold out for the game to be released. If you are fine with the heat and power they generate and consume, they're far better at running the game than even the RX480. Besides, if BF1 is your go to game in the next couple of months, investing in Nvidia maybe a bad call even though the GTX1080 & the GTX1070 are considerably faster than the 290's

Heat is no issue since they are in a custom water loop with 2-360mm radiators and 12 fans in push pull. Would a newer single card out perform a pair of 290x's?


Will look into the BF1 free beta Andy spoke of.

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You are only at 1080p so even with 144hz I think you are fine. Best thing to do is just play the game this week with the free beta and see how you do. No reason to spend money when you can test easily. Optimization will only get better for release from beta.

If you want something new and much less heat you can sell the 290x's for like 200 each and get a 1070 or 980ti.

I run the 144hz monitor at 1440 and pulling just over 200 FPS in BF4 most of the time. NVidia is not an option, but that's just me.

Heat is no issue since they are in a custom water loop with 2-360mm radiators and 12 fans in push pull. Would a newer single card out perform a pair of 290x's?


Will look into the BF1 free beta Andy spoke of.

Thanks

Yes. The 1080 does it and it does it comfortably. But since you said you don't want to go Nvidia, it'd be a moot point
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Yes. The 1080 does it and it does it comfortably. But since you said you don't want to go Nvidia, it'd be a moot point

Roger that.

Waiting for the 490x if they release it to see what it does..
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I know you said you didn't want to go Nvidia, but I would consider it and here is why. I don't know the reasoning behind your choice, but I also used AMD back in the day, and during the 2XX era, it made sense, Nvidia owned the market and the 290x and the 280x were good cards, they held their own. But the 970 was super affordable and a great card. Yeah, the entire thing with the 3.5GB's, but who cares, it was still a great card for the price. The 9XX lineup also destroyed AMD's lineup due to affordability and performance.

Nvidia did it right with the 10XX lineup, we are getting fantastic cards that are out performing any other option on the market for very good prices. I would easily go 1080 and just end it all and have a good card for many years to come, especially at 1080p and at 144Hz. The 480 wasn't designed to go head to head with the 1080, they said they were going for a different market this time around, which means that the 490 will be the same case and will probably just meet with 1070 or 1080 reference designs.

It's your choice at this point, but if you want to be able to eventually upgrade to 1440p I'd go with the 1080 all day, until we see what they do with the 490.

My advice in the end, let's see what they do with the 490.

Edit: Beautiful computer by the way, I love the look of it and I also did a build in that case and freakin' loved it. My graphic cards I used were too long to use the little 24 pin guard thingy, but I loved it regardless.
Edited by Fremish - 8/29/16 at 11:41am
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I know you said you didn't want to go Nvidia, but I would consider it and here is why. I don't know the reasoning behind your choice, but I also used AMD back in the day, and during the 2XX era, it made sense, Nvidia owned the market and the 290x and the 280x were good cards, they held their own. But the 970 was super affordable and a great card. Yeah, the entire thing with the 3.5GB's, but who cares, it was still a great card for the price. The 9XX lineup also destroyed AMD's lineup due to affordability and performance.

Nvidia did it right with the 10XX lineup, we are getting fantastic cards that are out performing any other option on the market for very good prices. I would easily go 1080 and just end it all and have a good card for many years to come, especially at 1080p and at 144Hz. The 480 wasn't designed to go head to head with the 1080, they said they were going for a different market this time around, which means that the 490 will be the same case and will probably just meet with 1070 or 1080 reference designs.

It's your choice at this point, but if you want to be able to eventually upgrade to 1440p I'd go with the 1080 all day, until we see what they do with the 490.

My advice in the end, let's see what they do with the 490.

Edit: Beautiful computer by the way, I love the look of it and I also did a build in that case and freakin' loved it. My graphic cards I used were too long to use the little 24 pin guard thingy, but I loved it regardless.

Only problem I would see with this options is that the system would be CPU limited even in a GPU limited game as the 1080 is crazy fast for any recent processor and is not meant to run at 1080p. That makes the entire $700 investment worth nothing more than what you currently have.
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Only problem I would see with this options is that the system would be CPU limited even in a GPU limited game as the 1080 is crazy fast for any recent processor and is not meant to run at 1080p. That makes the entire $700 investment worth nothing more than what you currently have.


He is right, at 1080p is overkill for this, but if he did upgrade his monitor down the line, he already has the GPU to support it, he can easily get a 1440p monitor for under 400 bucks, and that includes GSync and 144hz. It was an acer lineup.
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I run the 144hz monitor at 1440 and pulling just over 200 FPS in BF4 most of the time. NVidia is not an option, but that's just me.
Heat is no issue since they are in a custom water loop with 2-360mm radiators and 12 fans in push pull. Would a newer single card out perform a pair of 290x's?


Will look into the BF1 free beta Andy spoke of.

Thanks


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but yea like others said, if no Nvidia then you are waiting. AMD has no single card that beats dual 290x. 1440p makes more sense for the quality of cards you have. Beta opens Wednesday if you haven't already signed up. Have fun!
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