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Old 08-04-14, 10:38 PM
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Smile 7990, 7970 x2 or r9 290x?

Hi, I need some help here, I'm planning to upgrade my PC graphics from my 7970, I'm wandering what the best option would be considering performance for value etc. Also I know that the 7990 and 7970's are getting hard to get hold of now and also there is the r9 295x2 being released this month but seems to have a steep price.

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Old 08-04-14, 11:13 PM
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It comes down to how much you want to spend, As well as other factors such as what resolution your playing games at etc. However, if you can afford it the 290x is a good card
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Old 08-04-14, 11:26 PM
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290x over the other two options. You would be able to get the best 290x on the market for cheaper than a 7990...
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Old 08-04-14, 11:27 PM
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Since you already have a 7970, scan have got a few 'new' (old) 7970's for fairly cheap, that's what I'd go with
http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-...n-hd7970-pci-e
Or sell your one and go for a 290x
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Old 08-04-14, 11:31 PM
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While Xfiring the 7970's would be the fastest out of the 3 it would still consume more power and heat and noise. A single 290x would be better and it has better Xfire support if OP ever decides to do that.
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Old 09-04-14, 12:23 AM
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I noticed the 7990 is expensive for what it is, which puts it at the bottom of the list out of the choices. In my PC case I have 7 fans so cooling isnt a problem, as for power I have a seasonic gold 1kw, the noise probably wont be an issue as my pc makes quite a bit of noise on full load anyway; I have loud speakers so I don't really hear to much of it.

If I can get a 7970 cheap then I may go for that option since its the easiest. I've been told a r9 280x will CF with a 7970 and also that 2 different 3rd party branded 7970s will CF if the clocks are the same.

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Old 09-04-14, 12:29 AM
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From a pure performance standpoint, the xfire 7970's are probably the way to go, but if you want to stay sane, go for the 290x... crossfire issues are endless.
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Old 09-04-14, 08:16 AM
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A 290P is quite a bit cheaper than a 290X and will give you a nice boost over a HD 7970. If after a while a single 290P is not enough you can add a second later.
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Old 09-04-14, 09:04 AM
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Always go with a single GPU when you can. Less driver problems and more compatibility, less heat, and if you really give a rats ass less power.
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Old 09-04-14, 09:49 AM
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Here's an even better idea. Don't upgrade just yet, the 7970 will still do you fine till the next gen and then you can get a new single GPU.
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