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Best card in the $350-$400 range.

So I'm looking at getting rid of my old AMD 5850 and buying a new one. I've been seeing that AMD tends to have the best bang for the buck. I've got my eyes set on the r290. newegg.ca has the xfx one for a pretty good deal:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-697-_-Product

I read an article that posted results of various graphics cards whilst playing DA: Inquisition and this card came in 3rd place. For that kind of money it seems like a crazy deal. Is xfx any good?

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Hmm, Black Friday deal. 780ti for $439 after rebates. Decisions, decisions...

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I bought a used 290X from eBay for about that much back in June. Sold off my 2 old 6780's in the process. Of course buyer beware.
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So I'm looking at getting rid of my old AMD 5850 and buying a new one. I've been seeing that AMD tends to have the best bang for the buck. I've got my eyes set on the r290. newegg.ca has the xfx one for a pretty good deal:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-697-_-Product

I read an article that posted results of various graphics cards whilst playing DA: Inquisition and this card came in 3rd place. For that kind of money it seems like a crazy deal. Is xfx any good?
Usually, and with anything less than $300 (USD) that's still generally true. But at your price range, I'd suggest either this MSI GTX 970 or this EVGA GTX 970.

I'm guessing that this is the benchmark you're talking about? It certainly seems as though Nvidia has a bit of work to do with their drivers (not just in this game, but also with Far Cry 4) so I wouldn't judge them just yet. If you're going to be sinking a tonne of hours into DA:I, then it may be worth it to go with a 290X if you can get it for the same price for Mantle support. It won't necessarily increase your maximum fps, but with every game I've used it with (BF4, Thief and Sniper Elite 3), it has certainly increased my minimum fps thereby increasing my average and leading to a smoother/better experience. It may be worth it to you, it may not be.

Still though, generally speaking, at that price a 970 is going to be the better buy.

As for XFX, I've had good experiences with them in the past though I soured on them for a while but I can't even remember why anymore. lol I think it had to do with cooling on a particular card.
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@moob ,

Yep, that's the benchmark I was looking at. It is nauseating trying to weed through the different levels of graphics cards. I didn't even think of the gtx 970. You would think that a next gen card would be faster, but it really messes one up when you're comparing, for example, mid level current gen cards with high end previous gen cards. So, even though I could get a 780ti for about the same price as a 970 I should still go with the 970? It seems to draw a lot less power than the 780. I'm gonna keep up with the research. Feel free, anyone, to throw out your opinions - it's good to glean the fruits of other people's research/experience labours.

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970 seems all the rage right now. Considering one myself, my 580 is gettin old.
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Anyone not buying a 970 today needs their head examined, literally, for cracks and bumps.

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970 seems all the rage right now. Considering one myself, my 580 is gettin old.

I am in the same boat. I have an EVGA 580GTX. I really only play BF4 and thecard runs it fine. I have been waiting for the 970 and 980 to come out, and nowthey are. I think I am going to wait until the price comes down a little or Ifind a good bundle. It is more of a want then a need at this point because likeI said, my 580 does everything I want at the moment.

To the OP, I would go with a 900 series card. You will have the latest tech,low power consumption and less heat. I do not own one but have read many positivetests and reviews.
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Yeah, the 780 ti went on a really good sale, but the power consumption relative to the 970 is ridiculous. I've decided to hold off for a bit. Once Project Cars comes out I'll reevaluate things. If my gtx 760 doesn't do its job, then it will probably be the 970 or perhaps even the 980. I want ultra everything for that game.

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At that point you may as well wait for the R9 380X/390X (if they aren't already out by then). If the early leaks on those cards are real, they're gonna be beasts.
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My 970 is great. Got the EVGA 970SC and runs everything on Ultra.

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can someone confirm if the 970 can do bitstream out for dolby atmos? I just put the speakers in for atmos only to realize my 580 will not [email protected]#$$%%^
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With the GTX 970M, there can be up to 4 active displays possible, but this will likely decrease due to Optimus. Displays can be connected with a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels via DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 2.0 (no HDCP @ 4K). HD audio formats like Dolby True HD and DTS HD can be sent to a compatible receiver as bitstream. As with previous models, 3D Vision is not supported with Optimus.
Found this on the 970M, so the 970 should do the same, at the very least.

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