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I used to used ATI video cards but recently switched to Nvidia mainly due to 3D gaming. Comparing the 2 with regards to driver stability, software function it looks like ATI is better (better driver update, software interface, etc.). Is ATI 3D gaming comparable to NVidia? I might have to switch back later on to ATI for my future video card upgrade.
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They trade performance numbers between games and publishers, however, both can be comparable in the same price range. Both have fanboys, so results can be a bit mixed... Do some research on the titles you frequently play and choose accordingly.
 
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AMD is cheaper, nVidia is faster (for gaming). However, anything that uses OpenCL is going to absolutely fly on an AMD GPU, and crawl on an nVidia one. Bitcoin mining (basically a giant GPU compute fest) is the domain of AMD, where a 5830 outperforms a GTX 590, just because the compute functions are that much faster on AMD. But few games today use OpenCL (that I know of anyways). AMD cards tend to run cooler as well. All in all, it comes down to personal preference and budget.
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Howabout 3D gaming? Which is better, Nvidia or ATI?
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If the physics use OpenCL, AMD, otherwise, nVida, but it depends on the game too.
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So it's about equal with Nvidia 3D Vision & ATI HD3D? Nothings really better over the other.
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AMD is cheaper, nVidia is faster (for gaming). However, anything that uses OpenCL is going to absolutely fly on an AMD GPU, and crawl on an nVidia one. Bitcoin mining (basically a giant GPU compute fest) is the domain of AMD, where a 5830 outperforms a GTX 590, just because the compute functions are that much faster on AMD. But few games today use OpenCL (that I know of anyways). AMD cards tend to run cooler as well. All in all, it comes down to personal preference and budget.
Lets not forget legitimate uses - like dnetc's RC5-72 competition (it would only take 500 6970s to double the entire project's output), or certain boinc projects.

as for running cooler, let us not forget that operating temp has nothing to do with sound output or power consumption.
 
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*sigh* Bitcoin mining is not illicit.
As for the operating temp, true, but it does mean you can overclock further.
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