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Drivers do play a role in "which one is smoother" because with the new NVIDIA drivers Adaptive Vsync does make the game feel a lot better or "smoother". May not be a huge role, but it does.

Not call the driver comment a dead horse when AMD's latest update gave a huge performance boost to the 7000 series which put them ahead of most NVIDIA cards especially when OC'd? Call that a dead horse, but to me that's a vast improvement.

I've played on Red and Green team. But I believe Adaptive Vsync does help NVIDIA quite a bit, so that's probably what the OP is referring too.
 
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post #12 of 173
Placebo Affect i reckon... Neither is "Smoother" than the other at equal frames.
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post #13 of 173
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Originally Posted by zer0entropy View Post

If there was any inherent 'smoothness' to either card, that isn't seen in the other brand it would be mentioned in reviews. I've never heard of that and from experience I haven't had many different cards, but my first was a Radeon HD4870, moved on to a HD4890, Now I have an Nvidia GTX 550Ti. The Radeons did have a little occasional video driver crash, perhaps once every other gaming session. Now, this was back in 2007 or 2008 whenever the 4870 first came out. My Nvidia card is 'low' end, but it seems like it handles games better than my radeon, with less hardware.
I know these are the more pedestrian sites, but try tomshardware.com and anandtech.com for some decent reviews. you will never find mention of any smoothness inherent in either company's cards. and sometimes they show screenshots side by side of the exact same spot in a game on both the NVidia and the radeon card, they always look identical really. I cant speak of the newer 6000 and 7000 radeon cards, but from what I understand the price vs performance is just superb right now.
hope this helps

Hate to brake this to you but most reviewers are not "dedicated" gamers, so they would not even notice this when in their multiplayer tests they are going 3-29.

@OP what you want to look up is frame time, although the information is scarce on it, it is there but is not reviewed a lot as it is not something that brings a lot of traffic to their website for the amount of work that goes in.

http://techreport.com/review/22653/nvidia-geforce-gtx-680-graphics-processor-reviewed/10
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post #14 of 173
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Drivers do play a role in "which one is smoother" because with the new NVIDIA drivers Adaptive Vsync does make the game feel a lot better or "smoother". May not be a huge role, but it does.
Not call the driver comment a dead horse when AMD's latest update gave a huge performance boost to the 7000 series which put them ahead of most NVIDIA cards especially when OC'd? Call that a dead horse, but to me that's a vast improvement.
I've played on Red and Green team. But I believe Adaptive Vsync does help NVIDIA quite a bit, so that's probably what the OP is referring too.

This is true, and i think it's just the massive driver problems from a very far while back which is "Beating the dead horse" not the fact that drivers exist and are improving.
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post #15 of 173
Absolutely. NVIDIA typically has higher minimum FPS but lower average FPS (at comparative die sizes).
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Absolutely. NVIDIA typically has higher minimum FPS but lower average FPS (at comparative die sizes).

Smoother FPS at Even frames would be the idealistic thing to talk about in "Smoothness" and i think that's what OP is talking about in here.
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Get whatever has a better price/performance ratio...Seriously. You'll be happy with whichever you choose. They're both great companies and they both have GPU's that directly compete with every single GPU on each of their lineups.

Anandtechbench on Anandtech.com will help you find the best choice.
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I've read in a few reviews that even though the 680 is slightly slower then the 7970 the picture on the screen seems "smoother" and there is less stutter to the image.
Is there any truth to this?

 

Can you post these images here?  Or, can you post a link to the reviews you're talking about?  I can tell that we need to see precisely what you are talking about here, and the old saying applies that goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words".

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Nvidia has some extra logic in their chips to help smooth out frame rates in SLI (by making them more consistent) but I don't know if that makes any difference for single cards.
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drivers?? really??? people are still kicking that dead horse??

I know I lul'd. I've not had a driver issue on an ATI card in a decade.

OP honestly I've not seen any difference having used both brands quite a bit. These days I support AMD because they need money and they sell their cards very competitively priced, while nvidia charges what ever they want. So pick a brand whose business model you like and support their policies with your dollars.

Performance is really same enough across the board.
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