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R9 390 or gtx 1070

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Jeff G

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Im finally going to retire my 965be and hd 7950 with some new parts.
Im pretty set on the i5-6600k for the cpu, but a bit torn on the gpu.

I really like the idea of the 1070, seems like great performance per dollar. But the r9 390 seems to be around $200 on the used market right now. Either will be water cooled and overclocked.

So do I save the $180 (or more) on a 390 that I can get now, or spend the extra money and wait the extra time for the 1070 and 1070 water blocks to become available?

I will be running 1440p as well.
 
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Jeff G

Jeff G

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Price and availability.

There's always going to be "the next best card" just over the horizon, at some point I need to pull the trigger on a replacement for my 7950 as its maxed out right now.

Im just wondering if paying almost double and waiting who-knows-how-long for the $380 version of the 1070 to drop is worth it.
I know the 1070 is better, but there's always going to be something better.

I was pretty set on the 1070, but now that it's out I'm waffling. It appears it maybe be a while longer for the 'cheaper' versions to even be available.

So, will the 390 handle 1440p with high visual settings and high frame rates? Or is that a task that only the 1070 and up will be able to handle?
 

Kenrou

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The 1070 does about the same job as a 980Ti, and yes there's always another better thing over the horizon, but you buy for now and possibly to last you a couple years at the most. The 1070 will do good for that period, and should play anything at 1080p maxed. :thup:
 

Janus67

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I'd go with the 1070. When looking at 1440p it is just the better card by every metric. Unless you otherwise plan to wait for the r9 480x to launch which should hit around the $200 price point and possibly good performance for that price point based on rumors.
 
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Jeff G

Jeff G

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I'm at 1440p/110hz.
My 7950 handles 1080p, but 1440p really takes a toll on it.
I usually don't play the most current games out, but i do want something that can play games at good rates.

Using Ashes as an example, my 7950 handles the max setting (crazy) at 1440p with dx12 but it does so at like 30fps. Id like to see at least double that regardless of what card I choose.

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I'd go with the 1070. When looking at 1440p it is just the better card by every metric. Unless you otherwise plan to wait for the r9 480x to launch which should hit around the $200 price point and possibly good performance for that price point based on rumors.

My choices are pretty much anything amd out now, or the 1070. Im not waiting on the 480x for two reasons - who knows when it will even launch, and who knows if it can even top the 390 (im betting not at the $200 price point).
I looked at the fury as well, but price is just too high for performance. The 390 is a consideration based off the fact they are around $200 now.
 

Nebulous

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I swapped out the 290 to a 390. Same card, but with more vram. Plays everything @ 1080p on a 40" screen and all the eye candy maxed out. Mine does run a bit on the warm side especially after several hours.
 

DaveB

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The 390 will do what you want, but as Nebulous reported they do get hot and also use power. The 1070 is expensive and overkill for your needs. Why not reuse your 7950 until the 8GB 480 comes out? It's supposed to perform between the 390 and Fury for only $230 and should run cool on low power. If it performs as reported, you and your wallet will be glad you waited. If it doesn't measure up, buy what you want in July.
 

EarthDog

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1070 is the perfect, latest, NVIDIA solution for 1440p. I disagree that its overkill at that res, particularly with a 110Hz monitor. If he cant wait for the release of the 480 and see what it is about.
 
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Jeff G

Jeff G

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My problem with the 480x is that every test of every game by every site shows the 1070 above the Fury already. I dont know if I want to wait on a card that's going to perform less than whats out now (although I don't know if you can say the 1070 is out now as they're impossible to find without a 100% markup).
It appears I'm going to be forced to wait regardless, maybe AMD will get something out before the 1070 is in stock (and hopefully have stock of it).
 

rescuetoaster

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At this point you might as well just wait a little longer - 1070s are somewhat hard to find, and will only get cheaper after AMD starts releasing the new cards.
Also, just as a public service announcement - the 7950 sells for around 170 on ebay. I am telling you this because I just saw a 7970 sell for like 85 bucks on here, and that's just leaving money on the table.
 
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Jeff G

Jeff G

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At this point you might as well just wait a little longer - 1070s are somewhat hard to find, and will only get cheaper after AMD starts releasing the new cards.
Also, just as a public service announcement - the 7950 sells for around 170 on ebay. I am telling you this because I just saw a 7970 sell for like 85 bucks on here, and that's just leaving money on the table.

Ive got a local party looking at my 7950 for $150.
If he doesnt take it, im gonna put it on ebay soon.
I think I'm gonna hold out for the 1070. After looking at reviews of the 390 it just didn't make sense to sink money into a card nearly outdated already.
 
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Jeff G

Jeff G

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So. How long does everyone think it'll take until the 1070 drops below $400? Should I just pull the trigger on a $430 model?
 

Steven90

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Price and availability.

There's always going to be "the next best card" just over the horizon, at some point I need to pull the trigger on a replacement for my 7950 as its maxed out right now.

Im just wondering if paying almost double and waiting who-knows-how-long for the $380 version of the 1070 to drop is worth it.
I know the 1070 is better, but there's always going to be something better.

I was pretty set on the 1070, but now that it's out I'm waffling. It appears it maybe be a while longer for the 'cheaper' versions to even be available.

So, will the 390 handle 1440p with high visual settings and high frame rates? Or is that a task that only the 1070 and up will be able to handle?

I just upgraded from crossfire 7970 to 1070, its completely worth the money