Basically what he said. If you are running a 1080P monitor or you have high energy costs then the 970 should be the way to go. The 290 will net you similar performance but at a higher energy cost. My energy costs are pretty low so it was an either or option. I bought the 290 and unlocked it for fun and got some additional performance out of the card. Again though my energy costs are pretty low so it won't really matter to me when the bill comes. I think which ever card you decide to buy though you will be happy with.Originally Posted by PureBlackFire
at lower resolutions the 970 is faster. at higher resolutions the 290 can pull ahead. given the difference in power consumption and heat, the 970 is generally the better option if they are the same price.
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No matter. The 290X is about 4% faster than a 290. Not enough to change anything said above.
Either way I think you chose wisely. If I had to do it again I would still go with my 290 but that was because I got it for a steal and it unlocked to the 290X properly. I almost bought a 970 but when I found my 290 about 100usd cheaper and the rewards didn't outweigh the cost.
Dude, its not magic, they are using a huge % of color compression and power gating. It's the next step and future cards will use it too. AMD showed off high level color compression first with Tonga first, before Maxwell. However, most ppl won't really be affected by the lower power consumption, and it's not liek you will see it on the electric bill at the end of each month. I saved 2 bucks omg, it's gonna pay for itself in 25 years!!Originally Posted by sugalumps
We live in a time of efficiency and nvidia have managed to basically bring out a more efficient 290x and 780 the 970, and a more efficiency 780ti the 980. It's why intel goes in incremints now lowering power and heat instead of just upping power draw and heat to give us big jumps in performance.
There is absoultely no point in getting an inefficient card that is on it's way out when the new cards come in, while nvidias more efficient card performs the same with more headroom through drivers as they are just out and this is their minimul power atm.