Originally Posted by MarvinDessica
Really? Marketing? What do you expect from a company offers not only hardware; but free support to developers? Plus, Nvidia drivers, vendors, support, etc has in my experience been MILES better than anything AMD and their vendors have ever given me
. I feel like the money I put into anything Nvidia related gets me good returns meanwhile I fel like any and all money I'm saving on AMD really shows in the lack of everything I don't get...you know. Consistent driver updates that give me gains in performance, competent vendors like EVGA and not companies like Sapphire that outsource RMA's and send you refurbished crap or XFX which is all around terrible. Glad I sold my 6970 and 6950 and bought 670 FTW.
422.26 well spent.
I don't think I have heard anything more insane than this on these forums, if what you said in the highlighted section isn't fanboyism, I don't know what is.
You do realize that the vendors who sell Nvidia cards also sell ATi cards? MSi, Zotac, HIS, XFX, EVGA, ASUS, etc.....
When you call they don't have an extra special department setup to provide awesome customer service to just Nvidia cards. You get the same company, same employees, and go through the same process, no matter if your card is AMD or Nvidia when it comes to contacting the respective vendors. So I absolutely fail to see how there is a difference of "MILES" between vendors when they are the same freaking vendors!!!
As for driver support....
That is such an old stand-by, people really need to let it go. Currently I am using an Nvidia card, and in the last 12 months I have purchased at least 4 AMD cards and another 3 or 4 Nvidia cards for various builds. With the exception of one DOA card, which was promptly replaced, I have not had a single driver issue with AMD! I have however had a driver issue with Nvidia, just recently, I upgraded drivers on my own system which uses a GTX 470. I went from 296.10 to the 301.42, and the performance just tanked! After spending time trying to optimize settings and multiple games, I just went back to 296.10.
With that said; This was the first issue I have had with ANY driver from EITHER side in years!
As for RMA's giving you "refurbished" items as a replacement....that is a standard business practice. I have yet to find a company that provides you a brand new in the box product on a warranty exchange.