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Hey guys, I'm wondering what the differences in the two types are? I'm running ATI and that's what I've been using for a couple years now but after I built my rig a couple years ago I dropped out of the upgrade and know how department. Anyway, I know that ATI has the eyefinity thing going on but I have no clue what Nvidia has special about it and for that matter what ATI cards have special about them?

I'm thinking my next build with be on an Intel i'm thinking and probably a Nvidia card. But If I'm liking the ATI cards I might just go with an AMD processor then. IDK.

Just give me some idea of the differences guys!

Thanks!
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post #2 of 33
Different drivers, minor to moderate performance differences depending on what price range you are looking at, different AIB partners (which means different warranties), different power consumption.

Need anything more specific?
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Nvidia offers cuda which is useful in special tasks. You'll also find that nvidia drivers are so much better than ati. TBH though, there aren't really too many special features and it just usually depends on price to performance. I also think you should go with intel and ati or intel and nvidia; 2500k is great price to performance and is better than the current amd lineup in pretty much every cpu intensive aspect. However, if you are an amd fanboy wait till BD (it might be worth your while).
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Let the flame wars commence!

Hahaha, Anyways On Topic, Each company has their own advantage and disadvantage, CUDA and PHYSX for Nvidia, ATI have Eyefinity and are cheaper, Nvidia on the otherhand is expensive and also have Nvidia 3D Vision and Nvidia Surround (Somewhat like Eyefinity) What else?
   
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post #5 of 33
slight advantages here and there for each one.

Keep in mind your mb does not support native SLI (linking two or more nvidia cards), you have to use the hack which through personal experience is not that great. Since your mb is an amd chipset one, AMD crossfire (linking two or more amd/ati card) is doable.
post #6 of 33
i have sli 580s and they are awesome but i just built my girlfriends rig with a 6970 and it is awesome as well so they are both great on the high end, obviously mine has a performance advantage but overall it cost 3 times as much lol
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Your price range is vital to this question.
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post #8 of 33
Both make great cards its just down to personal preference and necessity. Do you need CUDA? Get Nvidia. Do you want 3-monitor support from a single card? Go AMD.
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Depends what color you like actually, If you like mean, bad ass cards, get AMD.

But if you are an environmentalist and loves forest or green in general, get nVidia, specially GF100.
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Originally Posted by gerickjohn View Post
Let the flame wars commence!

Hahaha, Anyways On Topic, Each company has their own advantage and disadvantage, CUDA and PHYSX for Nvidia, ATI have Eyefinity and are cheaper, Nvidia on the otherhand is expensive and also have Nvidia 3D Vision and Nvidia Surround (Somewhat like Eyefinity) What else?
More than likely to happen...

In my experience, I've seen the bad and worst of both sides in the past four years for Nvidia and ATI.

Nvidia pros: To the average user there is high driver stability, Good multi-GPU scaling, usually the best single GPU cards out for the money. One card has a chance to unlock from the 1st gen Fermi line (GTX 465 can unlock to a GTX 470). Usually for the enthusiast line. Check out the 3GB GTX 580s and you'll see what I mean...

Nvidia cons: Very high heat and power consumption... and a tendency to burn a hole through your wallet. Check out the 3GB GTX 580s and you'll see what I mean...

ATI pros: Usually stays cooler than the Nvidia counterpart, multi-GPU scaling is the best here, costs are low, power consumption is much lower than the Nvidia counterpart. Generally the best bang for buck. Certain GPUs will unlock to a more powerful model (6950 unlocks to 6970). Also they have the fastest Dual GPU single card out at the moment, the 6990.

ATI cons: Usually driver problems. Though this hasn't been that big of a deal as of late it seems. The 11.4 drivers seem to be rock solid stable and if your hardware support one another then there are no problems. I can confirm this.

As said, I've owned both lines and that's what I've seen so far. Please correct this info as needed please.
     
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