Windows 10: AMD equivalent to my nVidia GTX 970

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  1.    02 Oct 2016 #1

    AMD equivalent to my nVidia GTX 970

    Hello fellow TenForums users.

    Since the release of W10 AU [1607] build I am pretty scared to upgrade drivers for my GTX 970. In fact, I am running an older release because latest ones don't work fine for me. I am not that impressed with DirectCompute, DX12 and Vulkan performance on nVidia either, so... just because I like to test out graphic cards, I am wondering which card is the roughly equivalent to my GTX 970? It doesn't have to be the greatest and or most expensive. I think I could afford spending 300-400 max.

    What do you guys suggest?
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  2. Posts : 11,865
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       02 Oct 2016 #2

    Check out the 480
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  3.    02 Oct 2016 #3

    Thanks Dude. Isn't that the card that had trouble getting too much juice from the pci-e bus? If so I will make sure to get one with an 8-pin power connector.

    What about VEGA (or whatever is called)? I think it isn't out yet, right?
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  4. Posts : 11,865
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       02 Oct 2016 #4

    I believe the 480 issue was resolved. Last I saw, vega will release 1st qtr 2017
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  5.    02 Oct 2016 #5

    OK. I got one RX 480. I will post back when it arrives.
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  6. Posts : 11,865
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       02 Oct 2016 #6

    Nice, hope you like it
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  7.    04 Oct 2016 #7


    The card arrived today. So far, so good. It's a very nice little card.

    - Less expensive than my current GTX 970
    - Real 4GB card (unlike 3,5GB)
    - Shorter PCB design. It weights less and leaves more breathing room in my case.
    - It uses just one 8-pin PCI-E power connector. GTX 970 was using 8-pin + 6 pin
    - I have tested several games I usually play and they all seem to run in a more smoother way.
    - Nice API support: D3D, OGL, Mantle, Vulkan
    - Driver installed without issues and it's more bloat-free than nVidia's.

    - No Phys-X hardware support (but who cares anyway).
    - No CUDA support (I think this is nVidia's propietary. Never used it).
    - Card runs around 10 C hotter than nVidia one, even when idle.
    - TDP is also a little higher.

    Other than that, I think the PROs outweight the CONs. Nice card at a good affordable price. I don't play at 1080p, so this card is enough for me.
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  8. Posts : 11,865
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       04 Oct 2016 #8

    Nice, glad it's working for you. Feel free to post some benchmarks in the OC thread
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  9.    05 Oct 2016 #9

    Well, to be honest, everything is running fine except for Grim Dawn that is running slightly worse. It's pretty bad optimized though.
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  10. Posts : 569
    Windows 10 Home SL 64-bit, v1803
       06 Oct 2016 #10

    There's actually nothing wrong with the RX 480. Don't you know the GTX 750 Ti is doing the same thing?
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