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I've owned many ATI/AMD and Nvidia cards over the years, and the reasons people pick Nvidia cards seem to very vague compared to the reason people buy AMD cards lately. I've watched the companies merge and grow over years and have followed all of the ups and downs, and it seems to me that there is pretty much always a clear winner when it comes to value. Nvidia trounced ATI a few times in the past, but since the 4000 series (some would argue since the 9800 pro) AMD has been the clear winner in terms of value (price to performance) and picture quality.

I can't bring myself to be loyal to XYZ brand because I always keep up to date on the changes in XYZ, and generally when a company is having problems it is only with specific things for specific amounts of time. Maybe I take my consumerism to seriously, but I'm often baffled at the choices people makes when buying things when all of the information you need is readily available on the internet.
    
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I've owned many ATI/AMD and Nvidia cards over the years, and the reasons people pick Nvidia cards seem to very vague compared to the reason people buy AMD cards lately. I've watched the companies merge and grow over years and have followed all of the ups and downs, and it seems to me that there is pretty much always a clear winner when it comes to value. Nvidia trounced ATI a few times in the past, but since the 4000 series (some would argue since the 9800 pro) AMD has been the clear winner in terms of value (price to performance) and picture quality.
I can't bring myself to be loyal to XYZ brand because I always keep up to date on the changes in XYZ, and generally when a company is having problems it is only with specific things for specific amounts of time. Maybe I take my consumerism to seriously, but I'm often baffled at the choices people makes when buying things when all of the information you need is readily available on the internet.

I agree. The only reason I have had nvidia cards lately is because of how much more of them there are in the OCN marketplace.
 
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I've owned many ATI/AMD and Nvidia cards over the years, and the reasons people pick Nvidia cards seem to very vague compared to the reason people buy AMD cards lately. I've watched the companies merge and grow over years and have followed all of the ups and downs, and it seems to me that there is pretty much always a clear winner when it comes to value. Nvidia trounced ATI a few times in the past, but since the 4000 series (some would argue since the 9800 pro) AMD has been the clear winner in terms of value (price to performance) and picture quality.
I can't bring myself to be loyal to XYZ brand because I always keep up to date on the changes in XYZ, and generally when a company is having problems it is only with specific things for specific amounts of time. Maybe I take my consumerism to seriously, but I'm often baffled at the choices people makes when buying things when all of the information you need is readily available on the internet.
well I sort of agree with you there, for past 10 years I only used nvidia card in my system until amd release there 6000 series which was cheaper then nvidia was offering at that time so i went with amd I never look back, I didn't have driver issues people seems to have it with amd cards.
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Yeah, so people who buy Nvidia are the ones who don't mind wasting money, got ya.
What if I told you i've never had a driver problem with AMD over the last 10 years, but the last time I had one with Nvidia it set my damn card on fire?

I bought Nvidia because I got a good deal on 2 460 hawks (under $400AUD for the pair, new they were $280AUD ea.) So I actually saved money. I've had one driver problem that was rectified with an updated SLi profile. With ATi (at the time) when I had my 5XXX cards I was stuck on 10.4 drivers anything after that were rubbish resulting in less performance and unstable overclocks which had previously been very stable. I got fed up and decided to try nvidia and that deal came up at the right time. Haven't looked back since... Well I did get tempted by the 7970, but at the moment can't justify the small increase in performance for the huge price outlay. I really don't care what brand it is, aslong as I get a good price on it and it performs well, I'm cool with it.
 
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Gaming isn't all I do, that's why I mostly buy nVidia cards. I used to buy mostly AMD cards in 2009 and before, but I noticed that when the card became insufficient all I could do was selling the card for a very low price while having less interest from buyers. You can always sell nVidia cards in the folding group. There's not much an outdated AMD card can do, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong though.

My old 9800GTX still does folding and CUDA acceleration.

Then I use CUDA for CAD software, almost all of the ones I use support CUDA. At the university they only have WSs with Quadros and Teslas and recommend students to buy laptops with Quadro or higher end GeForce GPUs.

To name a few of the CUDA software I use -- some are temporary:

For electrostatics and magnetism:

Acceleware: EM Solutions
Acceleware: FDTD Solver

For Circuit engineering:

Synopsis process simulator
Agilent: Spice simulator

For Calculus, Algebra and Dynamics:

Matlab
Mathematica
Simulink

I bought my cards before I knew of this though. GTX 470s were just a better deal than any of the other nVidia and AMD cards.
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LOL if you actually believe that chart, you're pretty ignorant yourself man.

Forget these silly made-up charts, you missed my point! My point is that Nvidia is naming the successor to GTX 580 the GTX 780 and not the GTX 680 which was originally the 660TI so now people can quit calling a mid-range card the successor to the GTX 580. Nvidia did this on purpose to confuse people and it's working, just not on me. If Nvidia brought this card to market as the 660TI people would then wait on purchasing this card while waiting for the high-end card, Nvidia can't afford the loss in sales. It may be a new generation but it hardly compares to a GTX 580 spec wise.

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There have been so many times where Nvidia has had a driver update before a game even get's release, I remember when The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion first came out, it took ATI 8 months to come out with a driver update for self shadows casted by the character. Nvidia had one within a week or two, not to mention that stuttering issue that plagued ATI's cards including the 5970 dual GPU card. Look at their troubles with CF driver support, what good are AMD's new cards if their drivers are not up to par?
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We would be wasting our time speculating even talkinga bout these cards, they will be announced / launched March 12th, let's just wait 5 days yes?

LOL!
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I thought this might be relevant! biggrin.gif


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Interestingly enough it is based on the 28nm GK104 GPU which typically would have indicated a mid-range product.
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