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I have a radeon 6970 right now and I'm going to be building a new computer. About 75% of the people I know that build computers have an nVidia and insist I go with it over AMD/ATI this time. What does nVidia have/does better than AMD/ATI? Would the 570 be a good replacement for my 6970 (the 580's price looks ridiculous)? I'm going going to mostly be gaming and watching videos.
 
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Folding and tesselation.

And no, you should not switch over. The 6970 is approx. equivalent to the GTX 570 unless you run higher than 1080P resolution, in which case the 6970 is faster.
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Keep the card. It is a great card. No reason to side grade. Nvidia tends to have better driver support and tessellation. AMD processors on the other hand are a bad choice.

Use the 6970 in your new build.
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I would not replace that card with a 570 - but as far as the benefits go, the drivers are typically more stable, there's folding, and superior tessellation performance.
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6970 is a good card. id stick with that
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I would not replace that card with a 570 - but as far as the benefits go, the drivers are typically more stable, there's folding, and superior tessellation performance.
Summed up my answer perfectly
    
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you should go with nvidia, under the condition that they buy it for you.
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So the 6970 is a bit faster but drivers aren't so great? Also I have the 6970 for my current computer, I'm building a new one with completely new parts. Would you still recommend the 6970 over the 570?
 
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post #9 of 147
Tesselation and folding, Boincing goes to AMD as well as vram/cost if your a high res gamer. Driver support is not an issue these days. Hasn't been for quite awhile but I understand why some people haven't seen it yet... Tough to forgive something like that.

Edit: Forgot to add Physx to Nvidia... not that its used much. Also if you can crossfire your current 6970 with another. You won't regret it.
post #10 of 147
GTX 570 ~HD6970 but with less VRAM, 1.2gb against 2gb.

Nvidia has more tesslation (the majority of games doesnt use tesslation), CUDA(would you have a use for it?), folding like that above ( do you fold, or just game?)

That's about it. The GTX580 is better than the HD6970, but come on, look at price difference.

Stick with your HD6970 it's a great card.

EDIT: And dont buy that crap about drivers, i have yet to have any problems with my AMD cards.

Nvidia does better in some games that are sponsored by Nvidia, but in games not sponsored the gtx570 is equal to hd6970. It would be a sidegrade.
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