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Which do you think is better? These are both around the price range im looking at, with the amd being slightly cheaper.

Does the brand of a card matter much? for example here is gigabyte 7850 for $285 but also I could get a gainward GTX 570 for $4 more. The more popular branded GTX 570's are considerably more.

7850:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_877&products_id=19849

570:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1177&products_id=16990

Also there are cheaper 7850's, would it be better to stick with gigabyte or is there nothing to worry about going to these small brands. Here's a few I was looking at.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_877&products_id=19820
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_877&products_id=19799

Thanks for opinions tongue.gif
post #2 of 21
Simple, GTX 570. welcome also mate. Good to see another aussie on the forums. I have 2 GTX 570's in SLI and I can tell you from experience that they kick arse (even 1). They are cool, quiet and powerful. You get physx and in games it looks awesome.

As for brand, I have MSI and galaxy and love them both.
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Simple, GTX 570. welcome also mate. Good to see another aussie on the forums. I have 2 GTX 570's in SLI and I can tell you from experience that they kick arse (even 1). They are cool, quiet and powerful. You get physx and in games it looks awesome.
As for brand, I have MSI and galaxy and love them both.

I agree with the above post, and since its a phantom version. I know some others will get on here and hate on the recommendation but unless you play BF3 its not worth the crappy driver hassle of AMD.
Edited by i7Stealth1366 - 5/3/12 at 6:10am
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i also have a pair of gtx 570's, great cards, the additon of physx is well worth the extra $4
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That's another gr8 point that has been made (the drivers). I was over AMD/ATI (whatever they want to be called) long ago. Nvidia drivers just work and after all, isn't that what we all just want. thumb.gif
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That's another gr8 point that has been made (the drivers). I was over AMD/ATI (whatever they want to be called) long ago. Nvidia drivers just work and after all, isn't that what we all just want. thumb.gif

Pretty much, its not that the games are "unplayable" with AMD, it is just I have experienced a lot of crashes. I have owned a 5770, 5870, and a 6950. All experienced the same amount of sudden crashes.
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I respectfully disagree with the above members. The 7850 is roughly 5% slower than the 570 stock vs. stock, but the 7850 has more overclocking headroom. The 7850 also has 2gb of V-RAM, vs 1.28gb on the 570 (important dependent on your resolution and what games you play).

Not to mention the 7850 uses 20 watts less at idle and a whopping 79 watts less under load!
Ill be the first to admit the last two 12.x drivers have been poor, but the architecture is very young. They will only improve.

http://techreport.com/articles.x/22705/7
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Pretty much, its not that the games are "unplayable" with AMD, it is just I have experienced a lot of crashes. I have owned a 5770, 5870, and a 6950. All experienced the same amount of sudden crashes.

funny thing is, 95% of my driver issues have come from my Nvidia cards (no joke ). People have veeeerryyy different driver experiences, I've found.
AMD drivers have been mostly rock-solid for me. The issues I had with them have always been something wrong with my card (MSI's fault) or my windows installation, so I don't know how useful the "better drivers" argument is here....

It is important to note that due to age, the GTX 570 drivers are much more likely to be stable than the 7850 drivers.

They are neck-in-neck in most cases:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=518

I would recommend the 570 over the 7850 (unless you play vram-heavy games). IF you are a bf3 fan then the GTX 570 is a no-brainer
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I vote for ATI...because every Nvidia card I've had has died..and this one's been running strong for 2 years now.
Sapphire,MSI,Gigabyte,EVGA are good brands..(EVGA doesn't make ATI)
 
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Simple, GTX 570. welcome also mate. Good to see another aussie on the forums.

Cheers mate tongue.gif I'm liking this place already. Thanks for all the replies, I just ordered the 570 (: I agree with you all about nvidia being a generally better experience, deep down inside i was hoping you guys would tell me to get the 570 biggrin.gif

By the way do you guys run your 570's in 8x/8x? My motherboard has three pci-e but when you have multiple the speed is limited, I'm wondering if i would be wasting my time getting SLI 570's in the future? on this mobo anyway.
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