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GFX Card Dilemma - which one?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by BIGEYE, Apr 14, 2019.


    BIGEYE Thread Starter

    Jun 2, 2010
    I've just completed a new build with the following hardware:

    • Ryzen 7 2700x CPU
    • Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB CPU Cooling
    • Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra gaming mobo
    • 32GB Corsair Vengeance RAM (2 x 16 GB modules)
    • Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe SSD as my primary drive running Windows 10
    • Crucial MX500 2.5" SSD as 2nd SSD
    • Seagate Barracuda 4TB SATA III 3.5" Hard Drive to store all files, photos, etc.

    Now I have 2 GFX cards and need to know which one is best for my needs, which is for photo editing, occasional gaming, general computer work & internet. I will keep the better card and return the other. I am not much for understanding benchmarks, etc. and most of the reviews talk about things I don't even know. Anyway, the 2 cards are:

    • Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB Mini
    • Sapphire RX 590 Nitro+ Special Edition (8GB GDDR5/PCI Express 3.0/1560MHz/2100MHz)

    Or, can anyone recommend a better card in the same price range?

    Appreciate all help.

  2. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    Really either card is going to work fine. Editing pics/video is cpu intensive not video card intensive. For light gaming, either card is really overkill. FWIW I prefer nvidia cards [even though one of my systems uses an amd 580] and if you made me choose, I would take the 1070.

    Nice system and you should be able to get a decent overclock on the cpu. I run an asus ROG crosshair board with a 1700X and it overclocks to 4gig with no problem; running cool with a coolermaster 240 liquid cooler.
    FWIW I have two personal systems; an intel 7600K [overclocked to 4.5gig] and a ryzen 1700X overclocked as above to 4gig. On any multicore benchmark, the ryzen system literally blows the intel out of the water; doubling the cinebench cpu score. On realbench, the ryzen outscores the intel by approx 35% On a single core bench, the intel outscores the ryzen [not surprising since the intel is clocked quite a bit higher]
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