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ATI or Nvidia or does it matter any more?

Poll Results: GPU Battle... what makes the king, the king?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 39% of voters (33)
    ATI Price / Performance / Hardware Superiority
  • 1% of voters (1)
    ATI Drivers
  • 27% of voters (23)
    Nvidia Price / Performance / Hardware Superiority
  • 32% of voters (27)
    Nvidia Drivers
84 Total Votes  
post #1 of 15
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The price / performance battles always come down to very tiny performance margins, so small that the average user will never tell the difference, so then the who's better contest turns to drivers. While ATI has had some driver issues in the past so has Nvidia, and at it evens out in the long run with ATI cards doing better in some games and Nvidia cards doing better in others. Friends usually ask me what card to buy, I just tell them to find a card that fits what they want to spend. Will they be disappointed? probably not, because 2 - 4 FPS difference doesn't mean anything to the average user. All that matters is the advance of technology, and its an amazing thing to watch from the sidelines So the question comes down to you, if you think one is better, why? /fanboyism aside.
post #2 of 15
I think it comes down to the games you play. There's the games that take advantage of Physx and utilizes SLI very well, and then there's those that don't use Physx and utilize Crossfire very well. I came to this conclusion and decided to have both an AMD rig and an Intel rig with ATI and Nvidia graphics, respectively.
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they're about neck and neck, w/ amd doing really well w/ crossfire scaling lately. Nvidia is pushing 3D very hard lately and working w/ a lot of developers.

The next 2 generations will be interesting with the 28nm drop. I personally haven't experienced any major driver problems with either ATi or nVidia that weren't quickly remedied. hopefully that trend keeps up when i get my 6950 >_<
post #4 of 15
Ati/amd has usually always had superior hardware, especially in power consumption, but their drivers have always not been right. 90% of the time, you won't have problems with their drivers, but it's that other 10% that is super annoying. I've gone back and forth between ati/nvidia for the past year, but everytime I go to ati/amd, I always seem to miss nvidia. Now that I have my 580, I don't miss ati one bit.
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post #5 of 15
I've only ever had driver issues when using an nvidia card lol. But I've had very few problems. The ATI driver thing is overblown IMO. 10% is far too high. 1/10 cards don't have driver issues, thats silly. I doubt they'd sell as they do if the chances of bad drivers/issues were actually that high. And most driver issues will usually be over the very high end cards it seems, though obviously not exclusive to high end only. Right now its 50/50 on what company you go with.

Look up your list of games, and the coming games your looking forward to, see if they favour one company over the other and go with that. But be sure to do your research as some cards aren't worth their money in some situations IMO (6990, 590).

If your not sure about doing that yourself you can always through up the games lists and other things you do and we'll help you.

Without criteria theres really no way to state which is best, its simply not that black and white.
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post #6 of 15
its the vocal minority as usual when it comes to certain issues.
post #7 of 15
I don't understand the people that voted for Nvidea price/performance

AMD has always been the king of value, there's no argument there. Their GPUs are no different. For example you can get a 6990+6970 for the price of 2x580s.
As for the hardware superiority side of things...let's not forget the amazing flaming 590s . An enthusiast level card that can't take a bit of heat lol, that just screams quality doesn't it.

P.S i'm not a fan boy, just stating facts
post #8 of 15
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I don't understand the people that voted for Nvidea price/performance

AMD has always been the king of value, there's no argument there. Their GPUs are no different. For example you can get a 6990+6970 for the price of 2x580s.
I agree with that part, to a degree. In the enthusiast level its pure win AMD. But when you trickle down to mainstream and low end, the price/performance between the two become nearly irrelevant.

But yea, an "Enthusiast" level card that has issues at stock is complete and utter fail. I doubt people pay more for a GPU than some spend on an entire rig to run it at stock
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post #9 of 15
This has went 50 votes without a single fanboy voting for AMD drivers. Im proud of you OCN.
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post #10 of 15
Nvidia offers the best single GPU card on the market (GTX 580), a technology not even available on AMD cards (physx), superior folding (CUDA), superior driver support, and superior tesselation and DX11 support. Why is this even a question?
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