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Old 29-11-15, 09:57 PM
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Because the 380 is mostly a slightly faster rebrand of the 280.
Not a rebrand of the 280, but 285. The 285/380 has GCN 1.2, the 7950/280 has GCN 1.0

Still a downgrade though

For a "decent" upgrade you should aim no lower than a Fury IMHO. I don't believe in small upgrades, it makes no sense to me to switch to a new card for full price if it's not going to deliver 50% or more performance than the previous one

I'd overclock you 280X to 1100MHz or more and save money for Arctic Islands and a 4k 60Hz/1440p 144Hz Freesync monitor.

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Old 29-11-15, 10:12 PM
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Actually, from the benchmarks I've seen (I looked it up for my £600 Buyer's Guide) the 285 is slower than, or equal to the 280 in most cases due to a slightly lower stock speed, a missing 1GB VRAM and a slower memory bus. Makes you wonder why they didn't call it 275 tbh. It was also cheaper than the 280.
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Old 30-11-15, 03:54 AM
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What about a R9 390X? The Fury and Fury X is just so expensive.
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Old 30-11-15, 09:16 AM
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What about a R9 390X? The Fury and Fury X is just so expensive.
Are you playing at 1080p 60Hz? In this case, I'd still suggest to wait for arctic islands and upgrade the monitor too... 7970s are probably the most enduring cards ever made (well... that's because we're stuck on 28nm until mid 2016). Just dial back some settings in more demanding games


Alternatively, you can get a 390, although it is wiser to get a 970 at 1080p IMHO, since the 390 is better for 1440p (and draws more power)
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Old 30-11-15, 09:31 AM
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Yeah, hold on to your money and save up a bit more for a faster card mate. Maybe a nice 390(x) or 970 like Agost said. If you buy a 380 now you'll spend all your money on something that's barely going to provide you with a better experience than your current card.
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Old 30-11-15, 01:15 PM
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Yeah, hold on to your money and save up a bit more for a faster card mate. Maybe a nice 390(x) or 970 like Agost said. If you buy a 380 now you'll spend all your money on something that's barely going to provide you with a better experience than your current card.
Awesome, thanks for the reply. Just one last question, a 390x is just an overclocked version of a 390 right?
Essentially I can just overclock a 390 by myself and get the same results as a 390x would produce right?
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Old 30-11-15, 01:23 PM
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Awesome, thanks for the reply. Just one last question, a 390x is just an overclocked version of a 390 right?
Essentially I can just overclock a 390 by myself and get the same results as a 390x would produce right?
A 390X/290X has all of the 2816 stream processors unlocked whereas a 390/290 only has 2560 enabled. Just like the difference between a 780Ti and 780. Consequently there is a ~14% difference in performance at stock clocks.

As far as I know they both respond equally well to overclocking and an overclocked 290X/390X will still perform significantly better than a typical overclocked 290/390. Both share the same heat issues when paired with poorly designed coolers. The 290X Lightning or 390X Twin Frozr V are the ones to go for money being no object. It may be worth noting that waterblock support for none-reference 390X's is extremely poor.

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Old 30-11-15, 01:54 PM
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Because the 380 is mostly a slightly faster rebrand of the 280.
Actually, it's a 285 not a 280. Different chip.
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