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Advice - upgrade from R9 390 to ???

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Newbie
Jan 4, 2011
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Richmond

Advice - upgrade from R9 390 to ???

Trying to figure out if it's worth it to upgrade from my R9 390 8GB to something newer right now. I can spend up to $200. I have a 4K monitor (60hz). I play Division 1 & 2, Starcraft 2 and R6 Siege.

Starcraft is fine at 4k, the others are not so I have to reduce detail to minimum or mess with resolution.

What would you do? Stick with the R9 390, try and find a used 980/1070/1080?
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Deal Expert
Mar 23, 2004
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R9 390 is Hawaii PRO, basically in the same range as Ellesmere (aka Polaris) cards, it just has a little older tech and is 2x the power. Honestly it's the same speed class. There's some argument to be made that the Ellesmere cards have improved (the ol' AMD "fine wine") a bit over time but still it wouldn't be any upgrade other than getting newer HDMI, newer video decoding, and less power.

The cheapest real upgrade you'll get is to spend about $300-350 (+taxes of course) on something like a 1660 Super, and the best recommended upgrade is a 5600 XT or 5700 which are in the $400+ price range.

In other words you're not really going to get anything better for $200, esp. if that includes taxes.

If you're actually trying to get 4K 60FPS lol good luck--that's why it's not a great idea to buy a 4K monitor when you don't have the GPU horsepower (or budget) to game at native or anywhere even close for that matter. 4K gaming requires roughly four times the GPU power compared to 1080p. Even many older/less demanding games require a relative lot of GPU to do 4K 60FPS. To use one of your games as an example...in the Division 2, at Ultra not even a 1080 Ti can do 60FPS @ 4K...heck a 2080 Ti just touches 60! 1080 Ti can just get there at the medium preset though:
https://www.tweaktown.com/articles/8944 ... ndex7.html

And 1080 Ti is still faster than a 5700, so yeah... At low preset though it looks like a 570 can just get there so you should be able to get there with your 390 too. Your only other choice is to use in-game scaling to get these games down to say 1440p or so but output at 4K, but not all games have in-game scaling options.

Even going used, $200 isn't gonna get you much esp. when used prices (and GPU prices in general) are slightly up there right now. Not like crazy mining-times up there but a tad high. $200 wouldn't get you a 1070 on the used market I don't think so you're pretty SOL unless you decrease your settings, play at more around 30FPS, or increase your budget.
[OP]
Newbie
Jan 4, 2011
52 posts
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Richmond
Thanks ES_Revenge, I had the same feeling - you put it into words and confirmed it to me. Happy that i've gotten so much life out of this R9 390.

I'm definitely OK with using scaling and lower settings as the games are still very playable, just have some FOMO for those higher image quality settings.

Thanks for the reply.
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Feb 29, 2008
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yvr92x wrote: Thanks ES_Revenge, I had the same feeling - you put it into words and confirmed it to me. Happy that i've gotten so much life out of this R9 390.

I'm definitely OK with using scaling and lower settings as the games are still very playable, just have some FOMO for those higher image quality settings.

Thanks for the reply.
Still flogging a gtx 1070 nowadays so I know the feeling. You need to drop 500$ now to get the same performance as a 4 year old card
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Mar 23, 2004
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mr_raider wrote: Still flogging a gtx 1070 nowadays so I know the feeling. You need to drop 500$ now to get the same performance as a 4 year old card
Ehh sort of... 1660 Super will just edge out a 1070 and goes for around $350 and that's with prices creeping up a bit 'cause they have been closer to $300 earlier. Also, depending on when a 1070 was bought it could have been around $500 at release, possibly more during the height of the last mining craze. In late 2018 it looks like they were going for $400-450, so about $100 more. Granted this is just equaling the performance but it's still gotten a little better in terms of what the dollar buys you. In order to get a real upgrade though you would need to spend like $500, true. OTOH it's not so bad as if you wanted you could still get some money for your 1070 and as the Science Studio guy pointed out there's fools buying them off eBay for more money than a 1660 Super. So, if there were ever a time to sell that time is probably now.
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Jan 22, 2017
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i was in this position.
i would wait for the new gpus coming out later this year.

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