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Is there any rational upgrade from an R9 270?

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Hey everyone, I just looked at GPU prices and dropped my jaw through the floor. How much money am I looking to get a 50%-100% performance increase? My R9 270 is factory overclocked, really close to 270x levels.
 

SPBHM

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check the prices, all cards from almost 2 years ago and overpriced, it's hard to justify
 

nurturedhate

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Hey everyone, I just looked at GPU prices and dropped my jaw through the floor. How much money am I looking to get a 50%-100% performance increase? My R9 270 is factory overclocked, really close to 270x levels.
Too much is the sad answer. You could look for a 1050ti in the $250 range but it doesn't meet your requirements, would need to step up to a 1060 or 580 which are massively overpriced atm.
 

spaceman

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if u troll newegg u can poach a 1060 for around $280 (3gb), they come in stock and go quick.
but ive seen them a couple times this week for 279 (gigabyte) iirc
not a great deal, but..a hell of a lot better than a 1050ti for $250
 

Shmee

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I would consider a good used r9 390 for a good price, if you can find it. Closest thing to a RX580 8GB/GTX1060 6GB, but should be cheaper by possibly $~200. In some cases the 390 series cards are actually faster with the huge memory bandwidth.
 
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Shmee

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Actually, I just checked, surprisingly there may be some GTX 1060 6GB cards available for ~$350, some new.
 

happy medium

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A used gtx980, or if you overclock a gtx970 would be a great upgrade, about 2x faster than a rx270.
They would be in the $250 to $300 range.
 
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Tweak155

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Saw a 970 go for $170 and a 980 for $275 recently... used of course. The 970 is still a great card.
 

SPBHM

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if you can get 970 for that amount it's worth upgrading no doubt, it's a good card and OCs well, it's not far behind the overpriced 1060s and 580s once OCed

I think anything over $250 for 580/1060 level is crazy,
 

Blitzvogel

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I also have an R9 270. Redacted Pitcairn had too much longevity and I procrastinated because of it!

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Red Hawk

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I helped my brother upgrade from a 270X to an RX 580 back in the fall when GPU prices became reasonable for a brief moment...
 

GodisanAtheist

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At this point the only game to play is wait and watch until The Next Big Thing(TM) that mines better than current cards drops. Then hit the used market like a red headed stepchild as Pascal/GCN4 cards get unloaded. Hopefully the pent-up demand doesn't keep the second hand market in perpetual hyperdrive...

Its shocking to see people recommending used 970's for $250 bucks when I managed to pick up my 980Ti for $316 shipped back in 2016.
 

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