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Is the AMD R9 380X still worth buying?


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#1 MadmanRB

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 10:42 AM

With the recent launch of both the NVIDIA GTX 1060 and the AMD RX 490 this kind of seems like a bad idea as both cards are priced for only $50 more however there is a severe supply problem with them.

Seems everywhere people are buying them causing some retailers to mark up both cards way past what they are worth.

Both amazon and newegg have the AMD RX 490 marked up at $400!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA85V4ME3998

And the GTX 1060 is near impossible to find, the only one I found is here marked up like crazy of course!

https://www.amazon.com/GeForce-STRIX-Ready-Graphic-STRIX-GTX1060-6G-GAMING/dp/B01IPVSG4C/ref=sr_1_8?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1469460647&sr=1-8&keywords=gtx+1060

 

Yeah cant afford that

 

So I think I will throw in the towel and get last generations AMD card and hope for the best

Here is the model I am considering

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121978

 

I did see this card but its got some people saying that XFX didnt do a good job on it:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150761

 

This one looks better but its $30 more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150769

and I dont know if spending more than $200 on last generations card is a good idea... probably not so i want to keep this around $200

the $209.99 is just right methinks but I know nothing of the brand

 

I do still want a nice GPU for my birthday this year, with only a month away and only a small budget to consider I have to go what with I can afford.

My birthday is in September but the way things look I wont be able to get any of the new GPU's anytime soon with supply and demand being so crazy right now.

If I can find the other cards at the right price then yes I will get them, but doesnt look like that will be the case and I will be lucky to purchase them on doomsday.


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Posted 25 July 2016 - 01:45 PM

You're right, there's no reason to spend on last generation technology too much so last XFX (most expensive) is out of question. XFX card is missing backplate that Asus have, therefore XFX is running somewhat hotter. Also XFX has no semi passive mode like Asus. I cannot see what's really wrong with XFX.

 

Both are good buys IMO. Asus is bit slower but has semi passive cooling and runs bit cooler. Asus don't have cooling for VRM though so if planning to overclock, Asus is not best choice.



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Posted 25 July 2016 - 02:44 PM

Well I am not planning on overclocking, my motherboard and CPU is non overclocking anyhow so I will be limited to the capacity of the GPU


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Posted 25 July 2016 - 02:58 PM

Well I am not planning on overclocking, my motherboard and CPU is non overclocking anyhow so I will be limited to the capacity of the GPU

 

Then I'd take Asus as it's cheaper.



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Posted 25 July 2016 - 03:33 PM

Well what about this one:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131687

 

I never heard of this brand


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Posted 25 July 2016 - 03:38 PM

Well what about this one:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131687

 

I never heard of this brand

 

Powercolor is quite old brand name that usually spends bit less on marketing and so can sell bit cheaper than many other brands. I have had one Powercolor card, no problems.

 

As Asus is cheaper, I still recommend it even it's not 380X.



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Posted 25 July 2016 - 03:40 PM

Yeah I made a goof in my original post about not hearing about asus while thinking I linked to this one haha.


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