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R9 280X vS gtx 980 Ti worth the upgrade ?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Darkst4r, 3 Oct 2016.

  1. Darkst4r

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Apr 2009

    Posts: 1,058

    Location: Bedford , United Kingdom

    So , I've been offered an Inno3d GTX 980 Ti Hercules (6GB) by a friend for £200...

    I'm currently running an i7 2600k @4.6ghz with a Sapphire r9 280x Vapor X (3GB)

    My question is, is it worth the upgrade for the money, and will my CPU bottle neck the card in any way ? as I've had the CPU for quite a few years now.

    A quick check on a few comparisson sites show the 980 will get almost double the frame rate of the R9 280, but will it be noticeable ?

    I like to max everything out at 1080p for games like GTA5, WOT and Witcher 3 and 4k could be a possibility in the near future.

    Would the 980 give me better textures and effects or should I just stick with my 280 until my next full upgrade ?
  2. Jamesyboyjim


    Joined: 30 Oct 2008

    Posts: 3,138

    Location: South

    A 980ti is a nice jump, £200 is a nice price, what is the 280x the equivalent of? a 7950 / 70 I believe? It will be noticeable mate don't worry :)
  3. Smoogels

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Oct 2007

    Posts: 2,097

    980Ti is a good upgrade for £200 (normally used prices are £280-£320). Once you sell your 280X, it would be an even better deal :) Your CPU would be fine with the 980Ti.
  4. Darkst4r

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Apr 2009

    Posts: 1,058

    Location: Bedford , United Kingdom

    Cool, cheers guys. I'll bite his arm off then :)
  5. DRSEire


    Joined: 5 Aug 2016

    Posts: 295

    Location: Eire

    Great deal on the Hercules.Bite his leg off too:)
  6. TheRealDeal


    Joined: 28 May 2007

    Posts: 9,637

    Huge upgrade for a very nice price.
  7. LoadsaMoney


    Joined: 8 Jul 2003

    Posts: 29,803

    Location: In a house

    Massive performance increase, and £200 is a cracking price.
  8. Scougar


    Joined: 30 Jan 2007

    Posts: 12,995

    Location: PA, USA

    Having come from an R9 380 4GB to a 1070, (both same levels of performace as your cards) I can tell you that it is a very worthwhile upgrade.
  9. Steveocee


    Joined: 5 Nov 2011

    Posts: 5,177

    Location: Derbyshire

    With the r9 280's being roughly 7950 performance, i can honestly sya going from a CF7950 to a single 980Ti I felt justified.

    Whip that arm off and sell your r9 280 to make the price hike even less.
  10. Tommy_Here

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Dec 2013

    Posts: 1,579

    Location: Liverpool

    Seeing as back in the day a 7950 was around 660 Ti performance, and with a 280 being around 7950 performance, I compared my 980 Ti at 1450mhz to my twins 660 Ti and it was around 3.5-4 times faster. you'll get at least 3 times the performance if you get an average clock on it of around 1375-1400mhz :)
  11. adam98150

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 2 Jun 2014

    Posts: 1,158

    I went from 280x to a 1060 and the difference was pretty substantial. The 980 ti is much better than the 1060 in terms of performance so you should see a huge gain! :)
  12. NoobCannon


    Joined: 13 Jun 2011

    Posts: 5,339

    i went from 7970 x fire to sli 980ti's at 1500mhz definatly noticed a difference
  13. IvanDobskey


    Joined: 2 Feb 2010

    Posts: 8,849

    Location: East Midlands

    £200 is the price they should be second hand. £320 is what people try to sell them at on the members market :o

    It's a good upgrade and price though, so go for it :)
  14. JTrickle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 2 Nov 2006

    Posts: 1,622

    Location: Sheffield

    Precisely twice the speed.
  15. Darkst4r

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Apr 2009

    Posts: 1,058

    Location: Bedford , United Kingdom

    Well guys, I installed my new card yesterday evening and I couldn't be happier.

    Maxed out Project cars and the frame rates are blistering with no microstutter or draw distance problems, GTA 5 looks awesome and the frame rates again are 60+ maxed out

    Just overall a much smoother experience.

    The last Nvidia card I had was a 7600gt, and after moving back to Nvidia, I think I'll stay here !

    Cheers for all the help and input
  16. Terrorfirmer


    Joined: 1 Nov 2013

    Posts: 714

    Location: Ireland

    I can't believe so many people are saying things like 'I did notice a difference'! Of course you did - the GTX980Ti absolutely obliterates the 280X/HD7970, they are night and day.

    You got a great deal, enjoy it! Your CPU is still fine.
  17. Darkst4r

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Apr 2009

    Posts: 1,058

    Location: Bedford , United Kingdom

    I didn't think I'd notice such a considerable difference. I'd heard people say anything over 60fps is pointless in gaming because your eyes cant differentiate between 60fps and say 100fps.

    It's clearly nonsense.

    To be fair I was happy with the R9 280X performance, until I plugged this bad boy in.

    I can only liken it to when you get your hands on some audiophile level speakers, the music was good before, but it's like rediscovering it all over again through better speakers.

    I can't run through my games collection quick enough...;)