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Old 22-11-13, 12:17 PM
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SLI 670 or R9 290

Hi everyone

So yea my current setup

Amd 8350 @4.6 with H100i
Asus crosshair formula V
8 gig vengance 2000mhz
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Msi 670 GTX PE SLI

so my question should I keep my 670 SLI setup or sell the cards and grab me a R9 290 REF design and then get a aftermark cooler ?

Before you ask my one card has a bad chip I can only get a 25 mhz OC on core and 220 on mem.

Also take into account the nvapi thing ? and mantel ?

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Old 22-11-13, 12:43 PM
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I'd grab the 290 if you have plans to X-Fire in the future, otherwise I'd stick with the 670 sli and they will perform better than a single 290.
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Old 22-11-13, 03:02 PM
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well, from toms review it gets +- 9000 on 3dmark my 2 cards only gets max OC everything 7100
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Old 22-11-13, 03:17 PM
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well, from toms review it gets +- 9000 on 3dmark my 2 cards only gets max OC everything 7100
Are you comparing overall score (graphics and physics score) or just the graphics. Physics could be making that difference in the overall score so different. If you was just comparing the end result (the overall 3dmark score) you need to go back and look at just the graphics score.
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Old 22-11-13, 03:31 PM
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3dmark is only a benchmark. Test the cards in games, it is always best way.
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Old 22-11-13, 03:41 PM
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3dmark is only a benchmark. Test the cards in games, it is always best way.
^this, but if it is 3d mark results you want, 670sli scores more than a single 290 in firestrike... Just looked at results of 670sli and 290 using the same CPU, the average 670sli results was better than the top 290 result using the same CPU.
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Old 22-11-13, 04:32 PM
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either my 2 cards are broken or that cpu gives those cards one hell of a boost...

http://www.3dmark.com/fs/934913

it was the combined score, give link to that graph ?
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Old 22-11-13, 05:01 PM
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either my 2 cards are broken or that cpu gives those cards one hell of a boost...

http://www.3dmark.com/fs/934913

it was the combined score, give link to that graph ?
No no no no no... The CPU isn't boosting the GPU, 3d mark doesn't just benchmark your GPU mate, it gives you a score for the GPU and a score for the CPU then gives a final result based on those figures, for example, take your CPU and GPUs, your CPU is strong enough for those GPUs to be at maximum potential so any cpu above that will be overkill (if you are just using the rig for gaming) but if you get a £800 CPU, your 3dmark score will be HUGE yet the GPUs will not perform any better with that £800 CPU than they do with your CPU. Go to the 3d mark website and do a advanced search for your CPU and GPUs and again for your CPU and a 290, never loom at the top ones as they will likely be watercooled and overclocked.

Edit: I'll post links later, currently at work.
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Whatever best single card you can afford. Wouldn't be a 290 for me tho.
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Old 22-11-13, 05:11 PM
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Whatever best single card you can afford. Wouldn't be a 290 for me tho.
I'd also take a single GPU over xfire/sli with out a doubt but he already has 670sli... I'm trying to prove that getting a 290 isn't going to give better performance over what he has.

What has happened here is he has looked at a 3D Mark benchnark with a 290 and a completely different CPU to his and compared the score of his 670sli and CPU to it and is under the assumption that because the overall score is higher this must mean the 290 is better than his 670sli, not taking in that both tests was completely different setups.
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