Originally Posted by jhatfie
There is plenty of speculation about this issue. I can only speak from my experience having currently owning a HD7850, HD7950 and a GTX660 Ti. I get absolutely 0 noticable stutter with any of my cards, all are silky smooth unless I select settings that allow for subpar frame rates. Actually the only time I have ever had stutter with AMD was when I was running 6870's in crossfire. It drove me nuts so I quickly dumped them. For a while I had 6950's in crossfire and never noticed any stutter with them either. I believe that some individuals are sensitive to micro-stutter and frame latency, I evidentally am not one of them. My 7950 is actually by far my favorite card and is positioned in my gaming rig as it's performance is well above that of my 660ti, in the games that I play anyway.
I've also had xf 3870's, 4870's and 5870's that performed worse in many games than a single card did and the scaling was usually quite bad. I currently have a 660ti and don't notice any stuttering but from my most recent cards that were AMD (7950 and 5870) neither one gave me any issues with stuttering either. AMD did say they were going to be looking at updating drivers to resolve the frame stuttering and such but those might not be around for awhile.
From what I've seen around here people have had a LOT of issues with AMD cards and FC3, so if that's a game you want to play then might not want to go that route, my 660ti runs it maxxed out (minus AA of course) without any problems. Granted there are also people with 670/680 cards having the same issues as the AMD cards in FC3.
Personally I say take the 7970 or 7970 even though I currently have a 660ti. Better for later on down the road, drivers should fix up any frame issues.
Thank you for posting all those
The stuttering issue is on both sides of the board. A lot of it is probably due to doa cards, unstable overclocks, poorly kept machines, etc. but with how many there are it's also got to be the cards/drivers themselves.Edited by TwilightEscape - 1/5/13 at 5:50pm