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"For the time being, the R9 280X is the most appealing card in AMD’s refreshed lineup. Not only is it affordable but it provides performance metrics that were previously unheard of within the $299 price bracket, adding some much-needed value to a segment that will be in high demand as new games are released over the Christmas season."
"Since the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is quicker on average than the R9 280X it simply doesn't make sense at all if you "upgrade" from the older card to the newer one. In the end there is a simple reason why the old card is quicker than the new one. Once we have a closer look at clock speeds we see the reference 7970 GHz Edition clocks with 1100 MHz whereas the R9 280X runs at 1070 MHz. Basically, when looking at our results, we see that the only good reason to buy a Radeon R9 280X over a 7970 GHz Edition or to upgrade to a Radeon R9 280X is power efficiency. In our opinion this is not worth the money, which is why we would stick with the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition."
"Should you actually really be thinking about upgrading from a GTX 680 to a Radeon R9 280X than we can tell you that you won't get better performance from the card you're planning to buy. Therefore it makes sense to stick with the GTX 680 or go with a card that is actually offering additional performance compared to the GTX 680. The only possible reason we see why someone could be willing to take this step is to get support for AMDs new Mantle API, but at the same time you will be ditching PhysiX support. In our opinion such a descision would be of really subjective nature."