GTX 970 or R9 390?

TheCyanNerd

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Building a new PC, and I'm now choosing the graphics card.

I've heard that the R9 390 has more VRAM and better performance, but my current build has only a 500W PSU. I could also put the saved $20 into a silent cooler (I need my build whisper quiet).

So, GTX 970 or R9 390? (Future System Specs below)

-i5-4460
-GTX 970 or R9 390?
-AsRock H97 Anniversary Edition LGA 1150
-Cooler Master HyperX 212 Evo
-7 GB of RAM (DDR3, taken from an older system)
 
The 970 beats the 390 hands down.... performance, power, noise.



At stock speeds, the difference is small but the R9's have very limited overclock ability (just 7%). With the 970s typical OC of 17%, it makes the 970 14% faster when both over clocked at 1080p.... the 970 also tops the 390 and 390x at 1440p, tho at 1440p it's less then 1% over the 390x according to TPUs numbers.

VRAM is a non-issue below 4k resolution and you're not going to drive 4k satisfactorily w/ any single GPU.
http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/213069-is-4gb-of-vram-enough-amds-fury-x-faces-off-with-nvidias-gtx-980-ti-titan-x
 

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I would say that the R9 390 performs better at the end at a higher TDP cost, depending on the PSU you have, that might become a problem. (a better insight into it here

Also, how did you got 7gb of ram ? 4gb +2gb+1gb ?
 
The 970 beats the 390 hands down.... performance, power, noise.



At stock speeds, the difference is small but the R9's have very limited overclock ability (just 7%). With the 970s typical OC of 17%, it makes the 970 14% faster when both over clocked at 1080p.... the 970 also tops the 390 and 390x at 1440p, tho at 1440p it's less then 1% over the 390x according to TPUs numbers.

VRAM is a non-issue below 4k resolution and you're not going to drive 4k satisfactorily w/ any single GPU.
http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/213069-is-4gb-of-vram-enough-amds-fury-x-faces-off-with-nvidias-gtx-980-ti-titan-x
 

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That's pretty much all I need to know. Won't be overclocking. Probably will get a better power supply but for now I believe it will be sufficient.
 

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3gb (why not 4?) + 4gb.
 

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He stated he has 7gb of ram, so I was wondering how the OP did it, since with that he would not be able to get out of single channel usage on any mobo.
 

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