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GTX 960 or R9 280

By kylercagni ยท 6 replies
May 21, 2015
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  1. I want to upgrade my GTX560 Ti, as it is hardly able to max any game that came out this year. So I want to know which GPU should I go for between the GTX960 or R9280 or any alternative, but bare in mind my budget is between $150-$250.

    Thanks in advance
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,162   +3,260

    1. In theory, the Radeon R9 280 should be 114% quicker than the GeForce GTX 960 overall, because of its greater data rate.
    2. The Radeon R9 280 will be quite a bit (more or less 45%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 960.
    3. The GeForce GTX 960 should be quite a bit (approximately 21%) better at AA than the Radeon R9 280, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions better.
    Here is a link that might help you decide. I looked without luck for a Techspot article that had both the R9 280 and GTX 960.

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  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I would go with the 280 because of the higher memory bandwidth and 1 more GB of GDDR5. Plus, the 280 has twice as many cores as the 960 (but runs at about 100 Watts more :p). It really comes down to price and brand preferences at this point, but that is my recommendation.
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  4. Simon Juhl

    Simon Juhl TS Rookie

    I would do that as well. It seems like the better option based on diagram shown.
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  5. kylercagni

    kylercagni TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Thank you a lot guys for your responses, I think I will try and go for the R9 280x, as I might be able to get it at about the same price as the GTX960.
  6. bluejolls

    bluejolls TS Booster Posts: 108   +8

    Get the R9 280. 3GB is now the minimum for 1080p gaming. Games like Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor, AC Unity, COD AW, Lords of the Fallen, Dying Light, Evolve use more than 2GB at 1080p at the highest settings.
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  7. R9 285 is $160 ar or 280 is $150 ar. The cheapest 280x was $190 from xfx. The cheapest 960 is $180.

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