Originally Posted by WiL11o6
I see you have went to the green team. How are the 680s treating you and I think you should do a comparison review between SLI 680 vs CF 7970. You were really helpful in the 7970 forums and it's a sad place now without you there. I know the 680s are better cards overall, backed up by Nvidia's great drivers, but do you think it'll be worth it for me to move from 7970 CF to 680 SLI? How are Nvidia's drivers vs AMD's?
I know this isn't directed towards me, but I will give my experience too, just so you have a few responses. Just switched two days ago.
Drivers are much, much better. Haven't had a single crash since switching, and I didn't do a clean install or anything... Just uninstalled the AMD drivers, ran driver sweeper and installed the nvidia card + drivers. Everything has just worked.
Overclocking my card was simple...super-simple, took maybe 30 minutes with 3dmark11 to find a clock that has since been stable. There is no 'disabled this' or 'run this patch' to get back your overclocking features, like there is with AMD and their 12.3 drivers. In fact, I haven't been in the registry once since switching.
Worth it? Yes. Two nights in a row I have gamed continuously until 2AM, problem free. If I had to estimate, I would say I have gotten more gaming time in with this 680 in two days than I was able to get during the entire month I had with the 7970 crossfire due to having to continuously troubleshoot issues with the shoddy AMD drivers. I can actually finish matches in BF3 now without bluescreens... Most importantly, my monitors can go to sleep without bringing down my entire system when I wake them back up...and no, I don't see 'turning features off' as a valid fix for something like that, either. It should work out-of-the-box, or be disabled by default.
I know this is probably subjective, but the IQ seems better with the 680.
Oh, and the reference cooler is so much quieter than the 7970 reference cooler, it's unbelievable. I am having a hard time justifying watercooling the 680... It runs cool and quiet out-of-the-box.
I haven't went SLI yet, though, I will post my experience when/if I do.
Surround (5760x1080) on one card has been stable in the few hours that I used it.
PS: My cats are happy with the switch too, as I am no longer throwing things, so they are happily back to sleeping on my desk and the back of my chair without fear of sudden, flying objects
Wanna know how I know? I literally just pet my cats tail last night and it started purring loudly. Yeah...just its tail. Edited by svthomas - 4/12/12 at 7:24am