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R9 380 vs GTX 970

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The R9 380 is the perfect card for my budget but I have been looking at the GTX 970 and it looks great. I was wondering if I should buy a R9 380 now or wait until next month when I can afford the 970.

Also, which 970 should I get, I have been looking at MSI, EVGA and the ASUS.

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You should save up and buy the 390 next month :P A tad better performance, double the VRAM for a smaller price :)

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R9 390 is better value than a 970

Avoid Asus and Gigabyte for GPUs

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The R9 380 is the perfect card for my budget but I have been looking at the GTX 970 and it looks great. I was wondering if I should buy a R9 380 now or wait until next month when I can afford the 970.

Also, which 970 should I get, I have been looking at MSI, EVGA and the ASUS.

If 390 is out of the question, i recommend MSI or EVGA GTX970.

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R9 390 is better value than a 970

Avoid Asus and Gigabyte for GPUs

well the gigabyte g1 gaming is good for nvidia.. but yeah for amd they are bad..

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i recommend g1 gaming 970 from gigabyte or 4g gaming from msi

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well the gigabyte g1 gaming is good for nvidia.. but yeah for amd they are bad..

And Asus are all around bad - I mean, the 980 Ti Matrix has an optional way to fry your memory lol

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i recommend g1 gaming 970 from gigabyte or 4g gaming from msi

The MSI Gaming 4G is better than the Gigabyte G1 version. I can confirm that cause my flatmate had the G1, I had the 4G and we both came to the conclusion that the MSI is better.

1. looks better, 2. is more silent, 3. fans stop when idle, 4. fits larger variety of cases due to it not being a very long card, 5. his coil whined badly and actually overclocked worse than the MSI I've had (which is a lottery of course, but still) 6. MSI has better customer support

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The MSI Gaming 4G is better than the Gigabyte G1 version. I can confirm that cause my flatmate had the G1, I had the 4G and we both came to the conclusion that the MSI is better.

1. looks better, 2. is more silent, 3. fans stop when idle, 4. fits larger variety of cases due to it not being a very long card, 5. his coil whined badly and actually overclocked worse than the MSI I've had (which is a lottery of course, but still) 6. MSI has better customer support

well 1. is subjective, some my like the gigabyte card more. 2. what about temps, g1 gaming might run cooler. 3 you can do that with custom curve now with ab. 4, fair enough 5. my msi card whines but not badly 6. yeah true

and also i own a 970 in one of my rigs, the msi gaming 4g.

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well 1. is subjective, some my like the gigabyte card more. 2. what about temps, g1 gaming might run cooler. 3 you can do that with custom curve now with ab. 4, fair enough 5. my msi card whines but not badly 6. yeah true

and also i own a 970 in one of my rigs, the msi gaming 4g.

Since after doing over 1500mhz core and 4000memory OC without adding any voltage, my card was never past 72 degrees in The Witcher 3 I wouldn't be too concerned with the temps.

Still, there are reasons to get the MSI over Gigabyte, but basically none the other way around :P

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Since after doing over 1500mhz core and 4000memory OC without adding any voltage, my card was never past 72 degrees in The Witcher 3 I wouldn't be too concerned with the temps.

Still, there are reasons to get the MSI over Gigabyte, but basically none the other way around :P

fair enough.. my card is bios modded @ 1.275 (there was a lock at 1.25) and now i have 1520 mhz and 4000 mem (still pushing it further when i have time)

nice oc you had there on stock voltage.

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fair enough.. my card is bios modded @ 1.275 (there was a lock at 1.25) and now i have 1520 mhz and 4000 mem (still pushing it further when i have time)

nice oc you had there on stock voltage.

When I still had the card for some reason I was afraid to even touch the voltage, so I tried to push it as far as possible without adding it. I've had the Limited Edition of the 970 though, like this (it cost the same as the regular one and had a dope backplate):

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And Asus are all around bad - I mean, the 980 Ti Matrix has an optional way to fry your memory lol

I took a look at my DirectCUII R9 290 yesterday and the memory chips are literally bare on the PCB without any cooling.  :lol:

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nice, 1500mhz without voltage increase is good, but all cards have different stock voltage.

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I took a look at my DirectCUII R9 290 yesterday and the memory chips are literally bare on the PCB without any cooling.  :lol:

don't look at the VRMs since you will cry xD

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A 380 is a whole tier below the 970. Not even the 380x can even touch it.

 

If you have around $300 to spend on a new graphics card, the best card for that price is the R9 390.

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