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R9 390 vs GTX 970 (or anything else under $300)

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R9 390 vs GTX 970 (or anything else under $300)

Please give your thoughts on this comparison.

Please rate the importance of speed (970 +/- 22% faster, according to some) and memory size (390 has +/- 100%!! more memory), and any other relevant characteristic as they pertain to Chief.

Note, I am primarily concerned about in-model performance; I'm fine with running raytraces overnight or while at my day job as needed.

Last note: the older GTX 960 still tests to be faster than 970 (which is odd in itself); if you consider speed to be of #1 importance, would you get the 960 instead?... Btw, I'm leaning towards the R9 390.

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Get the best one you can, you'll need it ,if not later. The more video memory the better. I would stick with NVidia, but that's just me.

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Get the best one you can, you'll need it ,if not later. The more video memory the better. I would stick with NVidia, but that's just me.

"Get the best one"... this is the reason for my post to begin with; I need advice on which card is indeed "the best one" (under $300).

And yes, I'd like to somewhat future-proof the upgrade; if even possible at that price range.

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Get the best you can afford as I did 2 years ago and have not run into any issues running 3 24" 1080x1920 screens with my R9 270. About the only thing that slows me down is a nasty big PDF.  Also please remember that Ray tracing uses the CPU so it is also important to get a good one of those as it runs at 100% capacity.  Wishing I had one like Perry's right now. 

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I would go with the R9. It's a newer card (2 years?) and it has double the memory which will definitely help in the long run. 

Personally speaking, I have always preferred Nvidia over Ati/AMD due to Nvidia having better driver support. However, if I had to choose between the two in your scenario, I would go with the R9. 

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for me better driver support says it all

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When I upgrade, I plan to get an NVIDIA 1070, at $400.00 that is the best performance boost for the money.

 

DJP

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Thanks guys.

Ultimately I wasn't happy with the +/- 1.0GHz speed of the R9 390, and I also wasn't happy with the gtx970 only being 4GB (and somewhat old).

So I went with the 1.6 GHz version of the 8GB gtx 1070. It is rated a notch above the 980ti. BTW, you'll be lucky to get a 1070 now for under $450 after applicable taxes/shipping/insurance.

And I got the 4.0 GHz i7-690 and some DDR4-3000 RAM.

With this combo, if X8 doesn't run a lot better (or perfect for that matter), then I give up.

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Cam - I think going with the 1070 is the smartest thing you could have done.

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It would have been nice to know if he wanted anything else, I thought it was narrowed down to 2. The 1070 is the way to go unless you want better --1080

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Cam - I think going with the 1070 is the smartest thing you could have done.

Yeah, good call.

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It would have been nice to know if he wanted anything else, I thought it was narrowed down to 2. The 1070 is the way to go unless you want better --1080

Yeah - he also noted a budget and went 50% over it. That being said, it was smart of him to do so as the 1070 is a phenomenal card for the price.

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