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The AMD RX Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards launched today. Most of the online retailers in the US who had them in stock are already sold out. All the initial reviews seem to show they are good competition for the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. The game benchmark results show that some games they do better than the GCX 1070 and GTX 1080 while in other games they do worse than the GXT 1070 and GTX 1080. Overall they seem to equally well when you look at the popular games from the past 2 years. However, the RX Vega cards use significantly more power and they have a locked BIOS that doesn't allow the max power levels to be increased even though the VRM can handle more power. Also some reviews state the RX Vega runs significantly hotter than the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 FOunders edition cards, which have some of the worst cooling for their series. Anandtech's review said: "The Vega 10 is a large, power-hungry GPU. Much larger and much more power hungry than NVIDIA’s competing GP104 GPU. And while this isn’t an immediate consumer concern – we pay what the market will bear, not what it costs AMD to make a chip with a nice gross margin on the side – from a technology and architectural perspective it indicates that AMD has moved farther away from NVIDIA in the last couple of years. Whereas the Radeon R9 Fury X was almost a win that AMD didn’t get, the RX Vega 64 doesn’t appear to be fighting in the weight class it was even designed for. Instead the power efficiency gap between AMD and NVIDIA has grown since 2015, and apparently by quite a bit." Overall, I'm happy to see AMD making a competitive GPU again. Maybe some of the custom PCB cards form other manufacturers will allow a custom BIOS or have a BIOS with a higher power level to have room for better overclocking.
Edit: price reduced for quick sale! Hi tech peeps. I'm gonna ask here first since I'd rather to sell it to someone cool rather than a random stranger online. So as some of you may know, I upgraded my PC a couple months ago. Before doing enough research, ended up buying an R9 280. Turns out it isn't as much as I was hoping for, so I then upgraded to a 970 (regrets are still had, 390 is apparently better, But oh well, I plan on SLI'ing in the future anyways). Tl;dr: Selling (slightly) used Sapphire 280, still in excellent condition (no OC done), will be shipped to anywhere in the lower 48 US, asking price is $130 (I will cover shipping). These funds will probably go towards me getting a new gaming chair and stop killing my back every weekend on the crappy one I have now. Pics for proof: Sry for using tinypic, imgur is down for some reason. ;; Also ignore the MSI port coverings, I will be sending it in the box that my 970 came in cause I got rid of the 280 one. (The 970 one has a lot more protection though). Link to original card: http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11230-00-20G/dp/B00IZXOW80
As there is a never ending torrent of computer build threads in this subforum, rather than bounce between threads, I thought that perhaps a couple of reference builds could provide a nice starting point for these types of discussions. The goal of these builds are five-fold: • Cheap as sensible • Plays everything on the market at medium settings without upgrades • Upgradable to high settings without waste • Excels at World of Tanks (both pre-Havok and post-Havok) • Future proof for three years I don't plan to chase sale prices in this thread. I will only list a build price, which is what you would reasonably expect to spend with a typical collection of discounts. For example, the AMD processor typically enjoys a steep bundle discount at Microcenter which is not listed on pcpartpicker; it is up to the reader to hunt down such sales. First, common components to both of these builds: Low-end productivity/gaming build, using an AMD 6-Core processor -- $650 The budget Intel build, using a unlocked dual-core processor -- $700 The mainstream Intel build, which uses the current-generation Core i5 Quad-core. -- $1200 Choosing a CPU: Intel or AMD Hope this is useful. I encourage any questions and/or criticism. Edit 1: Added specific PSU recommendations. Edit 2: Make the AMD use cases more explicit. Edit 3: Add a section that discusses the choice between AMD and Intel CPUs. Edit 4: Update for February-March 2014 markets. Edit 5: Update for April-May 2014 markets. Edit 6: Update for June-July 2014 markets. Edit 7: Update for Nov-Dec 2014 markets.