my prev post was removed because of some not-so-good words for which I apologize if it hurts someone, it was post no 25, here it is:
Actually, neurotix got a point, if you do spend such a lot of money then why not spend on nVidia.
I personally favor AMD because their CPU/GPU provide best performance at best price, if that was not the case then why go AMD.
R9 290 is the best buy, if you go for the Tri-X version then you can overclock it very well to like 1200MHz on core and some 6.6GHz on memory (even the overclocked memory speed might look less thatn the 7GHz stock of 780Ti, but remember it's a 512-bit 6.6GHz memory vs 384-bit 7GHz of 780Ti) yielding you a whooping 422 GB/s of memory bandwidth and at 1200MHz the 290 easily KO's 780 Ti
I highly recommend Tri-X.
Something Else: Sapphire is about to launch Vapor-X versions of 290/290X which'll have 8 GB of VRAM, their toxic versions are still yet to announce and MSI's lightning versions have been announced for launch in somewhere this month. No update about ASUS's matrix version of 290/290X, I'm waiting for all these before I throw in some rupees on it, most badly I'm waiting for their beastly Vesuvius
Originally Posted by neurotix
I love my 290 and I'm happy with it and what I paid for it but really, the highest benching cards are easily the 780tis or Titan Blacks.
2880 CUDA cores don't mess around and a single CUDA core is more powerful than a GCN shader (though not by much anymore... anyone remember when the 560ti with 448 CUDA cores performed similarly to a 5870 with 1600 stream processors??)
If you're gonna pay $700 for a card get the 780ti. I'll be straight when I get my second Tri-X 290 in Crossfire and destroy a single 780ti with 128 ROPs.
Also, Vapor-X with 8GB VRAM? Why the heck would you ever need that much VRAM? For 1440p Eyefinity?
Most games I play only use about 1.5gb of my current cards 4GB AND THATS AT 5760x1080. I can't imagine why you'd need 8GB ram.
Exactly what I meant when I said that 780 Ti should be chosen when he can buy it, why?? Because it's the best for gaming, and with latest WHQL drivers their performance has increased.
290 would crush the 780 Ti (non-overclocked of course) when overclocked, at stock I won't even mention the AMD cards against 780Ti or Titan Black.
It's all money. neurotix recommendation about the CFX is also worth consideration for anyone who's thinking of getting a 780 Ti kingpin and may-be watercooling it...and best part, you don't even need a bridge any more for CFX, I like that a lot.
The 8GB will probably for the...yup may-be 1440p/1600p eye-infinity with more than 3 displays and 4k eye-infinity will definitely get advantage of the 8 GB VRAM it will require that much VRAM for frame buffering with lots of AA and other effects at 12k resolution.
If Vesuvius will be in market in 6 months then I may wait for it and use it under water, it'll be the lord of performance which may come with a lot of free games & coupons like the 7990 did.
EDIT: the Vapor-X is just a show-off kinda product for Sapphire, I guess their Toxic, ASUS's matrix and MSI's lightning are more relevant to us (enthusiasts).