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7 Comments

  1. Considering the pricing in the states/canada, the 380/380x is an obvious winner compared to the 960… in terms of the 970… well considering pricing here for the most part, the 390 8gb cards (not the 390x) pretty much match up identically with the 970, winning some by more than just a margin of error…. and they at least here, sell cheaper than the 970’s.

    Still i find it rather weird how presented with the details, how so any people still feel inclined to pick up a 970 in spite of the facts.

    The other irritation i’m seeing is the big deal made about power consumption…. really….. are we really that worried over 30-60 watts difference in consumption? This of course not taking into consideration the fact that nvidia’s cards typically eat more power when under heavy opencl/cuda usage.

    I’ve just ran into WAY to many people moaning and whining and pointing fingers at amd about their power consumption for their gpus…. “OMG that gpu eats 90 watts more!” (when dealing with the highend models)…. and yet i’ve witnessed these people walk into a general store…. grab a 100 watt incandecent bulb off the shelf because it was a buck 50 and change…. instead of grabbing the 13 watt LED for 13 bucks or 30 watt CFL for 7 bucks…. That one 100 watt bulb just offset what they may have “saved” with their insistence on an nvidia gpu considerably… specially if they decide to continue using a number of these bulbs.

    I’m not saying amd doesn’t need to make their gpus more power efficient, but thier current values are not entirely out of line either unlike some previous models or even several nvidia products from the past. But what does one expect when using an older architecture on an old fab process…. that still manages to trade blows with nvidia’s much more power efficient models….

    • Matthew Curry

      people are insanely brand loyal to nvidia and intel

    • AS118

      It’s true. People don’t realize that AMD cards can be as little as 20-30 watts more power-hungry, and this is often for improved performance.

      If they OC’d their Nvidia card, it would consume as much power (or more) for a similar increase in performance.

      Plus, yes, even just 1 poorly chosen light bulb can use more power than their GPU. People really overstate the power use difference.

      Now granted, if you’re power supply constrained, and/or you want high-end SLI, Nvidia might be a better choice for you. If you only need 1 midrange card though, it’s not much of a difference.

  2. tyler1489

    I just bought this card because i have a shuttle xpc (micro-ATX) that is vertically challenged and the horizontal power connectors were a life saver, since i have enough room length wise. Or else I would have had to spend $600 for an r9 nano since nothing else amd would fit. I could have gone with nvidia gtx 970 mini from asus or gigabyte but I wanted to support team red since my experience with an gtx 960 2gb mini was underwhelming (even with an 100mhz OC) when upgrading from my HD 6850. I will admit the power savings was alot but I have a 500w psu silver certified now.

  3. AS118

    I feel like the XFX versions of the 380 and 380x are the best looking, but prices for the 380x fluctuate a lot, so I’m thinking of waiting for them to go down again before buying. They were literally at least $10 cheaper yesterday!

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