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post #11 of 49
Zero problems in single configuration. However, in Crossfire I've had about two or three BSODs all related to the GPUs. But NVIDIA has BSODs with SLI as well so it's not an AMD specific issue.
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post #12 of 49
I've had a few crossfire problems. Nothing that couldn't be remedied, albeit time consuming. That being said, I've had SLI issues before too.

On the software side of things, I agree with Raging to a point. AMD has been terrible in their fixes for things like Eyefinity for The Witcher 2 (maybe not AMD's fault but Surround works), and Crysis 2 is a prime example of NVidia doing it better than AMD. Dirt 3 I blame the developer for pure and simple. Codemasters sucks.
    
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post #13 of 49
I've had two 6970 in CF, three 5870s in Tri-Fire and one 5970.
CF is honestly problematic with the 5000 series, especially the 5970.
The 6000 series performed very well with very few issues.

My only problem at the moment with AMD GPUs is the lack of distributed computing projects that support it. F@h got a new core a couple of months ago and the performance is poor compared to nVidia.
I do expect that AMD's GCN (Graphics Core Next) will bring several improvements regarding GPGPU and of course graphics/tessellation.
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post #14 of 49
The only problem I ever had with my single GPU AMD set up was that my cursor would get all messed up in SC2 occasionally. Rather than the usual green arrow, it would be a pixelated mess. Aside from that, nothing.

I had both PowerColor PCS+ and Sapphire Reference 5850s.
post #15 of 49
i have had no issues with amd drivers, been using ati over nvidia since the 3xxx series
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I don't know about the 6 series with AMD but as an owner of a 5870 cfx setup I'd be a little cautious about going multi GPU with AMD. One generation of better cfx support isn't enough for me to completely trust the driver team. the 5870s were an absolute pain to install and get working, and they simply did not even accept many driver versions at all, so bluescreens etc. were pretty common... And no this was not user error.

I also do not like the fact that AMD drivers seem to lag behind times and often you get worse perf than you should in a game that has been out for less than 2 or 3 months. Take crysis 2 for example, afaik it still isn't working properly for AMD users.

I'd just wait and see. If other people think drivers are nice, then get some cards, if not then get the equivalent from nvidia.
 
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post #17 of 49
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I've had two 6970 in CF, three 5870s in Tri-Fire and one 5970.
CF is honestly problematic with the 5000 series, especially the 5970.
The 6000 series performed very well with very few issues.

My only problem at the moment with AMD GPUs is the lack of distributed computing projects that support it. F@h got a new core a couple of months ago and the performance is poor compared to nVidia.
I do expect that AMD's GCN (Graphics Core Next) will bring several improvements regarding GPGPU and of course graphics/tessellation.
It sounds like related hardware issue wise. no? I never had HD5000 series... I just jump into HD6000 wagon from NVIDIA 6800GT 9600GT and notebook 330M GT.
 
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post #18 of 49
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I don't know about the 6 series with AMD but as an owner of a 5870 cfx setup I'd be a little cautious about going multi GPU with AMD. One generation of better cfx support isn't enough for me to completely trust the driver team. the 5870s were an absolute pain to install and get working, and they simply did not even accept many driver versions at all, so bluescreens etc. were pretty common... And no this was not user error.

I also do not like the fact that AMD drivers seem to lag behind times and often you get worse perf than you should in a game that has been out for less than 2 or 3 months. Take crysis 2 for example, afaik it still isn't working properly for AMD users.

I'd just wait and see. If other people think drivers are nice, then get some cards, if not then get the equivalent from nvidia.
Crysis 2 is due to the games code not using the 6xxx series tessellation units and instead using the shaders. Why the 5870 does better.
    
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Crysis 2 is due to the games code not using the 6xxx series tessellation units and instead using the shaders. Why the 5870 does better.
Lmaoo...shaders can't compute tessellation hight maps...



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post #20 of 49
As a reseller/system builder i have sold and installed alot of graphics cards from both AMD and Nvidia and tbh i never run into driver problems.
Never do i hear my custumors complain either.

Only problem i had once when the 5xxx series was out was flickering in idle mode with multiple monitors. That has been resolved a long time ago now to.

I like AMD drivers more but that might be personal. Both AMD and Nvidia make good drivers
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