290x died

tunatime

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My 290x died and im uesing an old 6970 and it sucks. Should i replace it with a 480 to hold me over till the higher end cards droop or just get a 1080 or 1070 and be done with it?

Rig is a 3930k at 4.8 and 1440p. But im thinking of picking up a 4k tv and form my undstanding the 1080 is still a little too week to max 4k out. I usually buy the high end card and ues it for two years or so. Do we know when the big amd or 1080ti will be out?
 

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My 290x died and im uesing an old 6970 and it sucks. Should i replace it with a 480 to hold me over till the higher end cards droop or just get a 1080 or 1070 and be done with it?

A 480 would offer performance in the same ballpark as your 290x. A 1070/1080 is a clear upgrade. So it's up to you. Do you want similar performance and an earlier "next-purchase", or do you want to go all-in for an upgrade and keep it for another 2 years?

I usually buy the high end card and ues it for two years or so.

So, either you got more than your 2 years from the 290x and it's time to upgrade, or, your 290x is within warranty, so get it swapped out from the manufacturer?

Do we know when the big amd or 1080ti will be out?

Sometime in 2017. The 1080 is the current high-end card.
 

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Used 980 Ti for around $350.00 would be ideal. It offers about 25% more performance than your 290x while using the same amount of power.
 

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Used 980 Ti for around $350.00 would be ideal. It offers about 25% more performance than your 290x while using the same amount of power.

Good point. Figured I'd do a cost/benefit analysis based on that.

Using the 1440p results found HERE (since he said that he games at 1440p).

If you switch to = net change (in percent)
RX 480 = -2.0% for $200 (you are literally paying for a slight downgrade)
GTX 980ti = +31.4% (cost is debatable, but $350-$450 used to new)
GTX 1070 = 50.0% ($430+)

So you're looking at a near wash for $200, a roughly 30% boost for an additional $150 (used 980ti if you get a good deal), or a roughly 50% boost for about $230 extra if you go with a new 1070. I think they are equally valid deals and you should go where your budget allows.
 

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Good point. Figured I'd do a cost/benefit analysis based on that.

Using the 1440p results found HERE (since he said that he games at 1440p).

If you switch to = net change (in percent)
RX 480 = -2.0% for $200 (you are literally paying for a slight downgrade)
GTX 980ti = +31.4% (cost is debatable, but $350-$450 used to new)
GTX 1070 = 50.0% ($430+)

So you're looking at a near wash for $200, a roughly 30% boost for an additional $150 (used 980ti if you get a good deal), or a roughly 50% boost for about $230 extra if you go with a new 1070. I think they are equally valid deals and you should go where your budget allows.

wow I did not realize the 480 was that slow and that a chart is a very good chart of how gpus compare I think I will go 1070 or 1080 if I can find any of them in stock...
 

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wow I did not realize the 480 was that slow

I wouldn't call it slow. If you look at its position on those charts, it's surrounded by much more expensive cards. You have to go down (up?) the chart to about half the 480's speed before you find cards priced the same as the 480. It's a great value. You can think of it as:

480 = Value
1070 = Balanced
1080 = Performance
 

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Considering the 290X was launched as top tier in 2013, the hree years of advances and refinements, along with less power draw and a new process (14 nm FinFet vs 28nm Planar), the 480x is pretty much the equivalent of today's cards. If you want to go top tier, better get a 980 Ti, 1070/1080 or wait for really wait for Vega/Big Pascal.
 

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I have a 290x I am not using, has a water block attached to it tho. I think I still have the reference air cooler somewhere tho. Works fine but to be fair it does not overclock much at all, so i just ran it at stock clocks and the water kept the chip nice and cool.
 

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My 290x died and im uesing an old 6970 and it sucks. Should i replace it with a 480 to hold me over till the higher end cards droop or just get a 1080 or 1070 and be done with it?

Rig is a 3930k at 4.8 and 1440p. But im thinking of picking up a 4k tv and form my undstanding the 1080 is still a little too week to max 4k out. I usually buy the high end card and ues it for two years or so. Do we know when the big amd or 1080ti will be out?

Get a 1080 and be done with it.
 
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My 290x died

Was it a catastrophic failure? If not, you might have some luck throwing the 290x in the oven. My 7970 has gained 3 months and counting since it was baked.

There's a thread here on [H] if you wanted to look into it. I can't link it but if you search my username it's my only other post. Title is: Holy crap, it worked! Dead video card resurrected
 

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Was it a catastrophic failure? If not, you might have some luck throwing the 290x in the oven. My 7970 has gained 3 months and counting since it was baked.

There's a thread here on [H] if you wanted to look into it. I can't link it but if you search my username it's my only other post. Title is: Holy crap, it worked! Dead video card resurrected

I approve. OP should specify how exactly did the card die. Not that there's anything wrong with upgrading but the 290x is still pretty fast after all.
 

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Try baking the 290x, it might have life yet.
Then you will be able to hold off for the 1080ti.
 
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