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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-08-2019, 01:56 PM - Thread Starter
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RX 590 or GTX 980?

Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade from an R9 380 to something in the $220-250 range. I've narrowed it down to 2 options though I'm open to more. Amazon has an XFX RX 590 Fatboy for $260, and I found a GTX 980 Kingpin b-stock card from EVGA for $220 plus shipping. What do you think? I'm currently 1080p but would like to upgrade to 1440p in the near future.

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Is there any particular reason you are looking at just those two models of video card? The 1070 is a better card and I see them selling in the $230-250 range used/b stock - if you're okay with going used.

Video card hierarchy for reference - https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...rchy,4388.html


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I would pickup a used 1070 or higher; just make sure they give you the invoice in-case you need to RMA it (I have done it for a few things I have purchased [RAM, GPUs, Mobos, etc.]). There is one in the marketplace here for $220ish, which is a better deal than either of those two cards (unless you want the free games that come with a new 590).

Personally, I would not get either for 1440p (even for just 1440p 60hz).
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I've been out of the hardware loop for a bit, especially when it comes to pricing. I just figured those would be the best bang for the buck in the range I was looking in and they're both covered with a warranty. Good call on a used 1070 though, that'll be my first choice now, thanks!
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I have been seeing 980ti cards around your price on ebay. I still love my 980ti sli build and I'm getting ready to look at getting 2 more to replace my sons 780ti sli setup.
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Huh, yeah, I did just come across a Strix 980ti for $210 :O
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Wouldn't pay $260 for a RX 590 or $220 for an old GTX 980. RX 590 is essentially an overclocked RX 580 on 12nm process (for extra thermal headroom), which means it is going to have little to no headroom in terms of frequency. It really depends on if you're playing a Nvidia biased title which GPU is worth getting.



The GTX 1060 6GB is usually faster than GTX 980 4GB when overclocked and about on par otherwise.


Since the GTX 1060 6GB is going to be receiving the driver update that supports Freesync / Adaptive sync and the GTX 980 likely won't , it's even more evident that buying a GTX 980 is a poor decision. Also in occasion you utilize more than 4GB frame buffer, the GTX 980 will run out of VRAM faster.


Here's some options I would look at for ~$220 on the AMD side:
$220 Sapphire RX 580 8GB NITRO+ https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16814202280

$210 Sapphire RX 580 8GB PULSE https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...1FT-000B-000D4


On the Nvidia side options are slimmer , there's a Zotac GTX 1060 and that's about it unless you want to buy a single fan card such as an ASUS Phoenix, MSI ITX or EVGA SC.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16814500454


Also AMD hasn't made their CES 2019 announcement and keynote yet. I would pay attention to that, it's supposedly tomorrow.

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Here a RX590. You should buy one, here’s why..first of all, $259 shipped with (3) free games is stellar! Once Overclocked, it can be around 18% faster than a RX580, for $40 more dollars! Why would you not buy it?

Here is its performance smoking a GTX1060, the last graph represents overclocked performance. The other (2) graphs with BF1, BFV it is totally stock.

and nearing the GTX1070 level.

Look at it overclocked matching a GTX1070.







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Quote: Originally Posted by AlphaC View Post
Wouldn't pay $260 for a RX 590 or $220 for an old GTX 980. RX 590 is essentially an overclocked RX 580 on 12nm process (for extra thermal headroom), which means it is going to have little to no headroom in terms of frequency. It really depends on if you're playing a Nvidia biased title which GPU is worth getting.



The GTX 1060 6GB is usually faster than GTX 980 4GB when overclocked and about on par otherwise.


Since the GTX 1060 6GB is going to be receiving the driver update that supports Freesync / Adaptive sync and the GTX 980 likely won't , it's even more evident that buying a GTX 980 is a poor decision. Also in occasion you utilize more than 4GB frame buffer, the GTX 980 will run out of VRAM faster.


Here's some options I would look at for ~$220 on the AMD side:
$220 Sapphire RX 580 8GB NITRO+ https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16814202280

$210 Sapphire RX 580 8GB PULSE https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...1FT-000B-000D4


On the Nvidia side options are slimmer , there's a Zotac GTX 1060 and that's about it unless you want to buy a single fan card such as an ASUS Phoenix, MSI ITX or EVGA SC.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16814500454


Also AMD hasn't made their CES 2019 announcement and keynote yet. I would pay attention to that, it's supposedly tomorrow.
A golden sample RX580 Devil 13 ran 1475mhz tops!

A standard RX590 devil 13 can push 1,650Mhz easily on air.

That is 175Mhz more!

For $259. And 3 free games.

Guru3D reviewed both, look at there maximum stable overclock.

Rx580 vs rx590.


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If you don’t own a RX580, or hell even if you do. I couldn’t recommend the RX590 more.

There the fastest New GPU you can buy for this price range of $259.

RX590 OC vs GTX1070 stock.








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