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Need a graphics card upgrade

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Willir, 1 Apr 2017.

  1. Willir

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    I have been away from the PC gaming scene for a while and recently wanted to get back into it. I am also a games development student at university and need a new graphics card to cope with the 3D modelling/animation work.

    I roughly have a budget of £200 and would want something that will be good for gaming/rendering etc...

    My current specs are:

    XFX Radeon HD 6850
    AMD FX 8350: Black Edition (@4.00GHz)
    ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura mobo
    HyperX Fury 8GB DDR3
    Corsair CX550M

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Terrorfirmer

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    RX480 8GB seems a no brainer, just avoid the Asus 4/8GB 'Dual' models...the cheap price is enticing but they're awful cards and seem to have a very high failure rate.
     
  3. Willir

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    I was looking at the RX480s, I have also been looking at the GTX 1060s?
     
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    What are you using for editing/production? If using Adobe software, I would go for AMD.
     
  5. Willir

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    I use Adobe software, AutoDesk software such as 3Ds Max and I also use Unreal Engine a fair bit too.
     
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    Over a period of time, I've noticed that general playback performance/especially performance during playback of certain transitions when using Premiere Pro has definitely gotten steadily worse (I'm using a 980Ti). It's not at the point where I can't make a simple YouTube video, but it was much smoother when testing my old 7970 some weeks/months back.

    The way it stands at the moment, if I was buying a new card then AMD would currently be a strong consideration as far as Adobe is concerned. Hopefully, performance for Nvidia products will improve further down the line.
     
  7. Willir

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    Thanks for the advice, I use Premiere Pro also and could do with a good solid card for rendering etc...

    I think I will go for an AMD card tbh, just not sure which one at the moment, the RX 480 seems promising upto now for the price.
     
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    Caporegime

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    I don't keep up with the latest tech info, but I believe AMD are releasing some new cards quite soon, so it might be a good time to wait. If you need it right now, then the 480 8GB is the way to go. :)
     
  9. icey_haj

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  10. Willir

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    I may go for the RX480 considering it would be a nice upgrade from my current card, especially for the price. I am in no rush for a new card but I also would like to stick to around the £200 budget, splashing out on a more expensive card is something Im not willing to do just yet.

    Which brand of the RX480 is the more reliable?
     
  11. [email protected]

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    Good examples above of what to consider, though I also would throw these into the mix (just to make life complicated :D):

    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/powe...ddr5-pci-express-graphics-card-gx-188-pc.html

    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/xfx-...s-graphics-card-with-backplate-gx-23b-xf.html

    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/xfx-...s-graphics-card-with-backplate-gx-23i-xf.html

    I usually forget whether it's the XFX GTR or the RS which get the most recommendations out of the XFX cards, though I think it's the GTR, though that starts to get a bit more costly.
     
  12. icey_haj

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    The XFX GTR is the best 480 out there, however it's a lot more expensive. I wouldn't go for the XFX RS you've listed, it's got a smaller heatsink I believe.
     
  13. icey_haj

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    Tough really, although considering the small-ish difference I would go for the strix, without checking I think it has a larger overclock, flashier lights :D and probably has a better re-sale value as well.
     
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    Ahh yes, that rings a bell. Ta. This time, I might finally remember for future reference. :D :)
     
  15. Willir

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    Seems like I have a lot of RX480s to pick from. The Strix card looks nice although I do like the sound of the XFX GTR.
     
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    My preferences would narrow it down to the Powercolor, Gigabyte or XFX GTR cards. I've read good things about those on here, especially concerning the Devil and GTR models.
     
  17. Willir

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    The Powercolor Devil looks great for the price, the core & boost clock looks to be faster than the XFX GTR card.
     
  18. mickyflinn

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  19. Willir

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    Is the ASUS RX480 Dual card a reliable card though? TerrorFirmer posted above to stay clear of the ASUS dual cards, hence why they are so cheap.

    Upto now I'm looking at the Strix, Devil or possibly the ASUS duel card mentioned.

    *Thinking about it now, I may wait around a bit longer to see how much the RX570/580s are, I understand they are out around April 11th?
     
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  20. mickyflinn

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    The ASUS RX480 Dual is as reliable as any other card and i would be intrested to know where he got his information about failure rates compared to other models.

    The powercoler is an awesome card and runs very quiet at load, like you im holding out till the release of the rx580.