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Need quick video card answer!

RufftimesRufftimes Member UncommonPosts: 46
Hey gang, I need a quick video card answer. I'm browsing boxing day sales and there are some huge markdowns on GTX 780 Ti video cards. I'm a AMD fanboy, and this build I'm doing for my son is admittedly my first time I'm going with intel and considering Nvidia too. I know little about the Nvidia cards, so how does this card stack up against the 290x? I notice the regular price of this card is quite up there, but at the same time nvidia has 970's and 980's now? I don't understand the hierarchy compared to AMD. Can someone help me out here? I can get the 780 ti for about 400 bucks. Keep in mind this is Canadian, and we tend to pay more for stuff here, lol! Thanks guys!

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  • PhryPhry Member LegendaryPosts: 11,004
    In my experience, Nvidia tend to be easier to install/use, don't know which is the most powerful, or reliable for that matter, just that in my own experience Nvidia have been a better option, the one time i did buy an ATI card i had a really bad experience with the thing, they've probably improved in the last 5 or 6 years though, overall its just down to personal preferences, as each has its own pro's and con's.image
  • jdnewelljdnewell Member UncommonPosts: 2,237

    Here is a link that will show you some comparison benchmarks. You can change the cards out to see what X compares to Y gpu.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1355?vs=1072

    The GTX 970 4GB can be had for around $330 USD. If I were buying a GPU today that is probably what i would get.

    The 290x looks to be around $350 USD while the 780ti is around $450-$500 USD.

    Any of those GPUs would be nice. At $330 the 970 would be my choice.

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 22,115

    $400 is way too much to pay for a GeForce GTX 780 Ti.  Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 a few months ago, and that forced previous high end cards to slash prices to compete.  That's why GTX 780 Ti prices have come down, but still not far enough to be competitive.  I think it would be silly to get a GTX 780 Ti over either of these, for example:

    http://www.ncix.com/detail/powercolor-radeon-r9-290x-975mhz-d3-103515-1265.htm

    http://www.ncix.com/detail/visiontek-radeon-r9-290x-1-0ghz-47-103587-1265.htm

    Or if you have a strong preference for Nvidia, try a GeForce GTX 970.  It's a little slower, but quite a bit cheaper than the GTX 780 Ti.  It's also a lot lower power.

  • IselinIselin Member LegendaryPosts: 14,424

    In most reviews, using real world game benchmarks @ 1440p, the 780 Ti is a tiny bit ahead than the 290x.

     

    In some synthetic benchmarks the results are overstated.

     

    It also depends on which specific version of the 290x or 780Ti you're looking at but either is a good card - depending on price.

     

    Which Boxing Day sale you looking at? Is i this one?

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133546&AID=10657534&PID=749547&SID=rfdcb-d725&nm_mc=AFC-C8JunctionCA&cm_mmc=AFC-C8JunctionCA-_-na-_-na-_-na&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=afc-%zn

     

    If it is, Hardware Canucks has a review on it: 

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/67103-pny-gtx-780-ti-xlr8-oc-single-sli-14.html

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  • TheGoblinKingTheGoblinKing Member UncommonPosts: 208
    Originally posted by Rufftimes
    Hey gang, I need a quick video card answer. I'm browsing boxing day sales and there are some huge markdowns on GTX 780 Ti video cards. I'm a AMD fanboy, and this build I'm doing for my son is admittedly my first time I'm going with intel and considering Nvidia too. I know little about the Nvidia cards, so how does this card stack up against the 290x? I notice the regular price of this card is quite up there, but at the same time nvidia has 970's and 980's now? I don't understand the hierarchy compared to AMD. Can someone help me out here? I can get the 780 ti for about 400 bucks. Keep in mind this is Canadian, and we tend to pay more for stuff here, lol! Thanks guys!

    Quick answer, AMD sucks so get a better card.

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 22,115
    Originally posted by Battlerock
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

    Unless you're just going to run synthetic benchmarks and not actually play games, one should be wary of basing a video card decision on a benchmark that is known to have strong architecture preferences that aren't shared by actual games.  That site is useful if you just want a ballpark approximation because you don't know if card A is twice as fast as card B or the other way around.  But it has strongly preferred Nvidia's architectures of the last several years over AMD's, just like it preferred AMD's architectures over Nvidia's before that.

  • RufftimesRufftimes Member UncommonPosts: 46
    Quick answer? More like useless answer since we're not even talking about AMD cards here. To everyone else, thanks for the replies, I had kind of assumed the 780 would be based on older tech. I'll keep my eyes peeled for either a 970, 980 or 290x
  • IselinIselin Member LegendaryPosts: 14,424
    Originally posted by Rufftimes
    Quick answer? More like useless answer since we're not even talking about AMD cards here. To everyone else, thanks for the replies, I had kind of assumed the 780 would be based on older tech. I'll keep my eyes peeled for either a 970, 980 or 290x

    Good idea and keep an eye on NCIX, that's where I buy almost all of my stuff and they usually have great Boxing Day deals (which I don't think are advertised yet.)

    “Microtransactions? In a single player role-playing game? Are you nuts?” 
    ― CD PROJEKT RED

    "... the "influencers" which is the tech name we call sell outs now..."
    __ Wizardry, 2020
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 22,115
    Originally posted by Rufftimes
    Quick answer? More like useless answer since we're not even talking about AMD cards here. To everyone else, thanks for the replies, I had kind of assumed the 780 would be based on older tech. I'll keep my eyes peeled for either a 970, 980 or 290x

    The GeForce GTX 980 is definitely the best single-GPU consumer graphics card on the market today.  It's also the most expensive, and by a lot.  Outside of unusual needs, if you want the best and are willing to pay what it costs, then the GTX 980 is for you.  But if you'd rather have 80% of the performance for 60% of the price, there are alternatives, most notably the Radeon R9 290X.

  • RufftimesRufftimes Member UncommonPosts: 46
    I've been leaning towards the 290x for this build, but we'll see what the big deals are in the next 48 hours.
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