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This driver crap always amuses me. I have had mainly AMD/ATI cards but the last 2 Nvidia cards i owned, 8800gts and 460 768gb, both had random driver crashes. Never had that problem with AMD/ATI, but... In no way am i going to be stupid and say, " I hate Nvidia cuz their drivers suck". No ones drivers suck, just operator error in 99% of cases. Only time you can truly blame drivers for something is usually at a new cards release.
post #22 of 37
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Can you tell me whats wrong with their drivers right now? I'm not having a problem with mine.
Well my 6970 died on me with atikmpag.sys/kmdag.sys error and same happened to my friend with alienware with 2 x 5970 4gb ATI reference cards.
It is a really common problem...
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Well my 6970 died on me with atikmpag.sys/kmdag.sys error and same happened to my friend with alienware with 2 x 5970 4gb ATI reference cards.
It is a really common problem...
That doesn't necessarily mean a driver problem.

Even 'display driver stopped responding' is frequently not a driver specific error. Faulty/unstable hardware/clockspeed/power-problems will give corrupt/incorrect values to the driver and potentially cause a runaway situation/BSoD.

I'm looking forward to 7xxx but at the same time not since then will be behind
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Over the years I've had many cards, both Nvidia and ATI/AMD. Sooner or later, either one will break their drivers and a certain family of cards will have issues. Usually within a generation or so, this has been fixed and will swing back to the other company sooner or later.

Do your research on a part before you buy it. Unless you have to have things the day they come out, and if you do, well that's what you get with any first run hardware.

Overall I like the direction AMD has been going with their graphics. I do think they are a bit more focused on the mid range and low power segments with things like fusion, but commercially that makes sense. Their high end GPUs can compete with anything, and there is a product to fit every price/performance ratio.

It's a good time to be a PC enthusiast.
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ATI was never known for there drivers being very good in the past. Since there acquisition by AMD they have really stepped there game up. With a 6000 series card and the past few drivers I haven't had all that many issues at all.
so my best friend is lying to me about his week old 6970's having driver issues just like his 5870's ??? I think not.
    
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The term common denominator or pebkac come to mind

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AMD drivers for Windows 7 32 bit seems ok to me.
   
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From my past experience. Most of my driver issues surfaced either after an OS update or after a game patch/update. Some times having the wrong bios flash on a board can cause video driver issues as well.

Now back to topic at hand. Where is AMD going?

I'd like to know this as well. I dred the day I have to purchase a CPU/GPU single unit just to get a system running. I'm sure the cost will be up there for both mobo and CPU/GPU combo. Not to mention how would they expel all the heat from the two combined CPU/GPU under one roof and what about if the video card starts aritifacting after the warranty has expired ?
Edited by N2Gaming - 5/31/11 at 10:53am
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Maybe some day AMD will convince me to buy one of their video cards but ever since the x1800 I've been on Nvidia, and they have not given me any of the troubles. We'll see CrossFire seems to have improved greatly but I still hear driver issues.
whats wrong with amd cards and thier drivers? mine works fine.
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whats wrong with amd cards and thier drivers? mine works fine.
N2 refers you to this
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Now back to topic at hand. Where is AMD going?
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