AMD: R9 290X Will Be "Much Faster Than Titan in Battlefield 4"

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semitope

The FX chips are a good consideration. I would not have gone intel if it wasn't for the fact that AMDs chipsets and motherboards are pitiful now. They don't even natively support USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0 etc. The thing about intel is they don't let you overclock without the K, but then they turn around and leave out certain features from their K processors that may end up useful. Intel is playing games but amd is not being competition.

in the end i Got an i7 4770 with free 8GB RAM for just $280. That was easily worth it compared to what amd was selling.

These R9 chips seem promising but the pricing is what's important. I am sure better chips will come out next year so it would be tempting to just wait it out of they cost too much

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NotYetRated

Let them save their $40ish bucks, you and I will recoup the costs in energy use exceptionally quickly. :)

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limitbreaker

It's not just the cpu, cpu's usually need what they call "motherboard" to work. According to my search results, a sabertooth 990fx is 200$ vs the sabertooth z87 that is 265$ and the trend continues on all boards. Savings on electricity? Where I live it would take at 8 years to make up the difference in savings on the power bill so unless you're planning to build a freak mobile desktop than I would say it's completely redundant.

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Chronologist

I would not be the least surprised to see that the R9 290X beating out the Titan only by having better driver support for Frostbite 3.

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Ninjawithagun

AHAHAHAHAHAHAA!! You mentioned an AMD product with "better driver support" in the same sentence. Good one. :P

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kixofmyg0t

What, are you still stuck in 2007 or something?

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semitope

Nothing to see here. Sure as hell not buying refreshed cards and the 290x 290 look like they are taking us right back to overpriced GPU era. 2 years and they finally release something new only to put it out of reach.

nvidia and amd seem done with price wars imo. They seem to stagger releases and price around each other. We won't be getting a situation where one is forced to start being affordable at the high end for a while I think. Missing those 3870 4870 days

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LatiosXT

If this is any indication on pricing... I'll certainly miss the days of $500 flagship cards and $250 sweet spot cards.

Not that the sweetspot card doesn't exist anymore, but it was nothing like the 8800GT and the trend it started.

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castrator86

Man, I remember when that card was released. Everyone had to have one.

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nbrowser

I still have two...in my old gaming rig, in SLI, still goes like a bat outta hell.

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mikeymop

Yes! I'm looking forward to an nVidia price drop because of this. I had my mind set on a GTX 780. Although, AMD's open source support is picking up a lot of pace. Such a tough choice for an upgrade this cycle :(

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Innomasta

Looking forward to this war. What i'm worried about is the Heat distribution of the card. When the 680 came out, it was more efficient in EVERY way to the 7970, not to mention faster. Then came the ghz edition. Same deal, but now they're ~same speed.

Now we see this card! I would love to see it beat a titan, but at what cost? What's the nanometer count on this card? Will it be a furnace like the 7970? Look at the 7990's performance! It was basically impossible to effectively run the card in a quad crossfire arrangement.

If nvidia's actions within the last few years have been any indication, their designs have been superior, taking cooling and efficiency into account, while still being able to trump AMD's offerings. (EG AMD's 9000 series CPU's VS intel's Haswell)