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R9 390 Vs Gtx 970

by XCreepX / July 6, 2015 11:30 AM PDT

Hello guys , I am new to this forum , I've already asked this question on LinusTechTips, Tom's Hardware and Tek Syndicate forums , and got different opinions , some people said that the R9 390 is better because of the VRam and that in 1 or 2 years the GTX 970 will struggle because of the 3.5 + 0.5 ram that it has , while others said that at 1080p the GTX 970 will last 3 years and that the Vram won't be a problem . I know there are a lot of people asking this lately , so I am sorry if this is kinda annoying. I am planning to buy a new gaming PC this month , but I can't decide what GPU to get between the R9 390 and GTX 970 . I am planning to play games at 1080p , and I know they're very similar in performance , and since I would get the MSI version for both of them , I would like to OC them (Even though I haven't OCed anything before ) , as I know the 970 is a better OCer than the 390 . But my biggest concern is that the R9 390 will pull ahead with better drivers and the higher amount of VRam in the future , as I plan to keep the card for 3 years , and I fear that the 3.5 gb out of 4 that are used at maximum speed of the 970 won't be enough in the future ? What do you think ?

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3 years?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2015 11:53 AM PDT
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by XCreepX / July 6, 2015 11:55 AM PDT
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Well , I don't plan to keep it for 3 years and still play games on ultra everything maxed out 60 fps no problem , I just want something that will last me that much , be able to play games at 1080p , decent settings , and still get good frame rates .

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Then it's the dual R9 unit noted at link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2015 12:00 PM PDT
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The Witcher III barely runs at ultra maxed out on the 980. You can see that on the web. You'll have to get a very leading edge card to pull that off today. 3 years? As long as you can accept replacing it for The Witcher IV.

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I don't really like Witcher
by XCreepX / July 6, 2015 12:16 PM PDT

I don't really like the Witcher series , played the first game , didn't like it , so I see no reason to just change my GPU for a game that I might not even play , I will try all the other AAA titles that are out there though , but i don't think I will play the Witcher 3 ...

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Don't know how to edit
by XCreepX / July 6, 2015 12:25 PM PDT

I just want to know which one of those will be better in the future ? as right now they're equal , and I know the average person changes their GPU every 2 years , so I don't think that the R9 390 or the GTX 970 will be complete trash in 2 or 3 years ...

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The future is not one I see any clarity EXCEPT
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2015 12:45 PM PDT
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I used The Witcher III as an example of a bleeding edge game that taxes hardware we have now.

I never called the 970 as trash in 3 years but it's already strained with many titles and you see gamers crying about that. So if you start with an older card (?!) then want to play on it for years then you know you did that.

I'd get the card then accept that someday I'll change it.

---> There is some hope in the Metal initiative. But given the story I worry it will result in more crashes.

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