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I plan on buying 7970's or a 7990 but I'm still worried about their driver support, though I hear it's been decent lately.

Nvidia has been going kind of a rough patch with how the GTX 590 turned out and rumours about Kepler being delayed due to lower than expected performance so I'm thinking of switching to AMD, but I'm not so sure about their driver support.
Edited by i7monkey - 8/14/11 at 8:14pm
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From what I've seen on here and elsewhere online, the 5000 series had far more people reporting driver issues with multi-GPU setups (who knows how many of those were PEBCAKs though) than with the new series.

The 6000 series in Crossfire do very well and I don't think there's any reason to think there are any more issues with those than with SLI configurations. For single card setups, I don't believe anyone that tells me their issue is solely due to AMD having bad drivers.

I've always gone single GPU and until my 580, have always had AMD cards (at least eight different ones across different series) and not once had an issue with any drivers.
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I have heard many things about the drivers being terrible, I have had nothing but a quality experience with the AMD drivers.
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I have no real issue, it's very hard for any company to create a perfect driver. Look at us... how many different setup we have in our rigs? Different PSU, different CPU, different OS updates, different games, version, softwares, bad related hardwares etc etc?

As long you know your Rig well, and know what went wrong. It shouldn't be that hard to remedy the problems. Aka knowing what you're installing.
 
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I have no real issue, it's very hard for any company to create a perfect driver. Look at us... how many different setup we have in our rigs? Different PSU, different CPU, different OS updates, different games, version, softwares, bad related hardwares etc etc?

As long you know your Rig well, and know what went wrong. It shouldn't be that hard to remedy the problems. Aka knowing what you're installing.
Plus for this.

It really is all up to the user when it's a software issue. If it works for 90percent of the population, you are doing it wrong.
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There are quite a few Crossfire threads popping up daily but its nowhere near as bad as the 58xx midlife days. Some issues are pebkac but AMD have had serious support issues in the past so I don't jump on the user fault wagon very easy.

What gets me are the triple AAA titles that have so many issues like Dirt3 and Crisis 2 way after their launch.

We have our share of problems, but I definitely prefer our issues which are more annoying than anything instead to my GSOD BSOD past experiences with ATI.

What makes it really annoying are a bunch of users who say they have no issue and blame other users for PEBKAC. Even when there are 5,000 of those other users. People playing solitaire and TF2 I suppose have no issue.

Launch drivers for any card are kind of guaranteed to suck though. Ignoring the problems like so many users do doesn't make them go away. I do Team Green proud and report every bug, glitch I find to Nvidia. No one should sweep crap under the rug for anyone.

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post #7 of 49
for single GPUs, problems are very rare.

I have been running single ATi cards since 2009, not once had a problem related to drivers, that a simple reinstal didn't fix..
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nVidia drivers suck compared to what AMD has been doing. Bad scaling in games and they even had been losing performance in single cards.
    
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Not one issue here either with AMD or Nvidia drivers ever. Although I don't use multi gpu setups, which I'm sure most of the issues are. I'm also waiting for the 7 series.
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i've never had an issue with 4,5,or 6 series drivers. except a pink screen once,lol.
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