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Ask the Experts Question: Upgrading to a 1440p gaming monitor, but which GPU? R9 390 or GTX 970

Upgrading to a 1440p gaming monitor, but which GPU? R9 390 or GTX 970
If I'm upgrading to a 2560x1440 gaming monitor, which GPU should I buy?
Question by Felipe from Mexico | Answered by Anthony Garreffa in Video Cards from Nov 12, 2015 @ 20:39 CST

I run an Intel Core i54690 on an ASUS Maximus VII Impact, and an ASUS GTX 760 Striker Platinum, and I'm planning to upgrade from a 1080p to 1440p monitor, and I want to upgrade my GPU, but don't know what to choose, a R9 390 or a GTX 970??

Hey there Felipe,


First off, you're going to love the jump from a 1920x1080 gaming monitor to the huge resolution of 2560x1440. I hope that you're going to grab yourself a 144Hz monitor that is capable of AMD's FreeSync or NVIDIA's G-Sync technology!




Either GPU you buy is going to be great for 1440p gaming, but I think I would have to edge you towards the Radeon R9 390. It comes with 8GB of RAM, which will have you gaming for years without a problem. The R9 390 is a great GPU, capable of 1440p 60FPS+ without a problem. If you were aiming for 1440p @ 144Hz, then you might need two of them in Crossfire, or to drop the in-game details down a bit.


Alternatively, the GTX 970 isn't a bad card. The GTX 970 would be an easier upgrade for you, because you're already using a GeForce card. You could just buy the GTX 970, download some new drivers, and you're ready to go.


Either way, you're going to have a great time with a Radeon R9 390 or GeForce GTX 970 on that new 1440p gaming monitor.

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