Solved GPU of choice r9 280X/R9 285

January 11, 2015 at 15:03:55
Specs: win 7 64 bit, AMD fx6300/8gb ddr3 1600mhz
I wish to change my GPU. Right now i got an MSI Nvidia Geforce GTX650ti boost(1gb) model which (amd fx6300 vishera with 8gb ddr3 1600) started to lag behind. Battlefield 4 is stuttering farcry 4 is terrible call of duty works but looks like crap. Now if i could afford i would just buy the best but i cant. I want to leave nvidia,since geforce fx5200 i used only nvidia now i wanna go amd. I narrowed my choice down to AMD Radeon R9 280X or AMD Radeon 285. I watched benchamarks gameplay videos rewievs etc but i cat decide they are pretty much in the same place. Now i know the 285 i newer design but it is a bit slower than the 280x. They are now about the same price so that's not an issue.

My question is which one is worth it ?

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January 12, 2015 at 11:07:35
Had those games been playing OK with the GTX650ti? If they were, it's unlikely the card is to blame for the slow-down & stuttering. You've probably accumulated a bunch of garbage files or possibly picked up an infection that's affecting performance. Do you scan regularly? Do you run a cleaner such as CCleaner-Slim? Manage your startup apps?

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January 13, 2015 at 06:30:53
Everithing is managed. Performance is fine i have a permanent licensed antivirus which scans regularly even on a clean OS i have the same issues because my thoughts war the same so i reached the conclusion that that bottleneck is the video ram which is simply not enough. With the stutters i meant that minimal framerates drop really low like between 10-20 from 50-60 and then in a few seconds works fine again for a while. I reached the conclusion on the video memory on BF4 playing online. The more destroyed the map got the worse the gameplay was. 1 gb of video memory is not enough anymore on biggames and the shared system memory is just plain nowhere near fast enough. Maybe with driver optimizations can be inproved but the in the place of a gpu make i would no bother. I cant run 1080p at all im runnng 1280*1024 native at 1080p framesrates plomit. I would definitely like to have the possibility to try the 2gig model of the same GPU to clear but i cannot.

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January 27, 2015 at 17:35:00
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You have decent gaming card that's close to the top of the hierarchy chart. Not only that but it's the "boost" version so it's overclocked & has 192-bit memory. That makes it roughly 40% faster than the non-boost version with 128-bit memory. I highly doubt the card is the problem.

"Everithing is managed"

So you're saying your apps are configured so that nothing is loading at startup & running in the background except what is absolutely necessary? Try this - press Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up Task Manager, click the Processes tab & look at the lower left corner. How many processes do you have running? For comparison sake, I have 48.

"i have a permanent licensed antivirus which scans regularly"

Which AV program is it? Some are resource hogs, some are poor at virus detection, some are both.

"i reached the conclusion that that bottleneck is the video ram which is simply not enough"

Your conclusion is wrong but I'm curious as to how you arrived at it.

"I reached the conclusion on the video memory on BF4 playing online"

Online gaming problems are generally due to the internet connection, not lack of video memory.

"I cant run 1080p at all im runnng 1280*1024 native"

If your monitor's native resolution is 1280*1024 (5:4), that's what you should be running at. Why would you attempt 1080p which is a widescreen resolution (16:9)? The screen resolution should be set to the monitor's native resolution & kept that way. If you want better frame rates, change the resolution in your game settings & turn off some of the eye candy.

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January 28, 2015 at 06:57:16
I dont want better framerates. I want stable framerates. If i want more framerates i would have lowered all the damn details. But since i got this god forsaken card nothing works as it is supposed to. In BF4 i set everithing to ultra i get 40 fps and quite often plomits down to 5 fps for a few seconds. If i set everithing to low i get 60+ fps and still plomits down to 5. WHY ? The only reason i ran custom 1080p resolution to use more video memory just for curiosity. It looks like crap on 1080p it's all wrong just for a test i ran that resolution. Since i got it all games almost all new games run at the same way. There is about 20% difference in framerates between all high and all low. WHY ? Every goddamn game works beautifully on high with quite good framerates and they all plomit AS4,shadow of mordor,skyrim,tomb raider,crysis,call of duty. I dont mind worse graphics as long as the gameplay is responsive. For me even lower graphics look good enough but i hate framedrops. Even on fresh OS installing nothing but the drivers worked the same way. WHY ? It does not matter anymore i sold that card and im shopping but i am unsure on my power supply about which i created another topic.

Anyway thank you for your time.

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