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Old 06-30-2015, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8GB or Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 for 1440p and 1080p and i want it to be able to run games on 1080 a few years from now.
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Default Re: MSI Radeon R9 390 GAMING 8GB or Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 for 1440p and 1080p and i want it to be able to run games o

The 390 is right on par, beaten just slightly by the 970 in a few benchmarks when at 1080p, but as you move to 1440, and 2k resolution, the 390 starts to get a decent bit ahead of the 970... The downside is, it consumes a good bit more electricity...

IMO, unless you plan on gaming often at 1440p or 2k, stick with the 970 or splurge for the 980. Mature drivers, not as power hungry, similar performance to the 390 at 1080p.

Also, please remember, unless you are looking at an AMD Fiji card, pretty much this whole generation from AMD is really rebranded chips with higher clocks and more memory to use. The only reason the 390 even comes out at higher resolutions is because of it having far more RAM.
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The 390 is literally a 290 with 8GB of RAM put on it. Considering the 970 at 1080p is over a 290x and right under a 390x in benchmarks, it's a clear winner for the 970 here.

Also to clarify, the only reason the 390 comes out at higher resolutions is because the 970 starts tanking due to that memory swap after 3.5GB. Not necessarily because it has more VRAM. Actually at 1440p the 980 bests the 390x with only 4GB and that's with lower bandwidth and lower amount.
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Pretty much what I said... Stick with the 970 unless going to 1440p or 2k.
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Yes, except I needed to clarify that it's not the VRAM amount that really gives it an edge, but more so that BS with the VRAM performance on the 970 once it goes over 3.5GB. Don't really need people thinking they need 8GB just to play at higher resolutions. Only 2 games I've ever seen go over 6GB at 4k and one has a bad memory leak.
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