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Either way, on topic, I have owned Nvidia since the FX5200 and have never had a driver problem. This review just confirms what most Nvidia owners already know, and that is that Nvidia does a good job of delivering timely (and stable) driver updates. I have heard AMD is making great strides recently in terms of driver development and stability which is only a good thing. If they continue my next card might be an AMD. thumb.gif
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Well on the driver issue, I have this story to tell.

I found a good deal on a 7970 (when they were new and cost over $500, I got it for $380) and I bought it for a friend. The card was fine, he just had problems with it (until the 12.11 drivers came out) and even then, was never fully satisfied with it. He ended up selling it and buying a GTX680.

I love Ati, especially the older cards, but the recent 6-7 series cards I have never been particularity fond of.
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To be entirely honest, no one can single out AMD or Nvidia for being the better one when it came out this generation. They were both pretty mediocre at nearly every price point. $500 for a video card that only improved performance by about 20% over previous generation? Please!?

For me personally I came off of a GTX470 to this GTX680 that i chose to water cool, and its been one of the better upgrades ive done over the years.
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i cant seem to understand what you're saying here
680came out undercutting the 7970 by $80, beats it
670 came out undercutting 7970 and 7950, roughtly equal to 7970 and beats 7950, undercuts the 7970 by 180 and 7950 by around 100....
660ti came out and pretty much matched 7950...so on


how is it a bad generation for them? the last few gens(fermi, to be specific) their cards were delayed , over priced and was actually out performed by amd's offerins(which was the 5870x2 stuff)

now that they have them beat some how they're doing worse?

maybe my information is a bit outdated, but even now it takes a 7970ghz to beat a 680, and the dual gpu solution actually beats amd's...so how is it a bad generation exactly? not to mention the fact taht GK104 are technically designed to be mid ranged parts and they all consume less power than AMD's counter parts this gen..

I'm just someone who buys the best I can get for my money which in this generation in terms of graphics cards are AMD's cards.

I said that I think Nvidia didn't do too well this generation as AMD both undercut and outperformed their cards at every price point (The >$150 price range is debatable as you can find 7850 1GBs that completely blow away GTX 650 Ti's for $150 but not too often). The fact that Nvidia cracked down on vendors who were selling GTX cards that were voltage unlocked made it even worse as GCN overclocked better than Kepler, thus providing even more value for money. Did I mention the $150+ in free games that you get when you buy a 79xx series card? You also get about half that when you buy a 78xx series card.

Power consumption doesn't really matter here in my opinion since I guess it's a trade off for the sheer power you get with the GCN cards and the larger overclocking headroom compared to Kepler, it's pretty much common sense.
post #35 of 69
Folks, it would be appreciated if everyone could avoid calling each other "fanboys'. It's not only rude but immature too.
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Either way, on topic, I have owned Nvidia since the FX5200 and have never had a driver problem. This review just confirms what most Nvidia owners already know, and that is that Nvidia does a good job of delivering timely (and stable) driver updates. I have heard AMD is making great strides recently in terms of driver development and stability which is only a good thing. If they continue my next card might be an AMD. thumb.gif
^this. never had a nvidia driver problem. bought 1 ati and had problems right out of the gate. never went back. i have also heard that AMD is doing well buy their gpus. and depending on what youtube videos you watch results go either way. i think its just comes down to personal preference, mines nvidia! smile.gif
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Either way, on topic, I have owned Nvidia since the FX5200 and have never had a driver problem. This review just confirms what most Nvidia owners already know, and that is that Nvidia does a good job of delivering timely (and stable) driver updates. I have heard AMD is making great strides recently in terms of driver development and stability which is only a good thing. If they continue my next card might be an AMD. thumb.gif
^this. never had a nvidia driver problem. bought 1 ati and had problems right out of the gate. never went back. i have also heard that AMD is doing well buy their gpus. and depending on what youtube videos you watch results go either way. i think its just comes down to personal preference, mines nvidia! smile.gif

I've had crashes, bugs and issues with nVidia and AMD, one example was nVidia drivers crashing when I seeked around a video too much, or crashing for no particular reason at all. (I have reason to believe the former one was due to instability)

Recently though? Flawless from both sides.
    
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post #38 of 69
Owned the 5870 for 1 year and replaced it with a GTX 480 and never looked back. To many little driver issues with ATI, plus the Nvidia card always felt more constancy smoother.
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The 7xxx series beat Nvidia to market by quiet some time (in tech terms). The 7970, in regards to performance (FPS not scooting into latency stuff) is on top. 7970 has been cheaper.

What I don't get is this cheaper, more fps, faster to market. Yet according to you Nvidia is the winner in this round. Makes perfect sense to me.

Let's take all the facts into account shall we?

7970 January release, 680 March release.

7970 occupied the same price point as the 680 until the 680 was launched.

On release, 680 took top single gpu spot.

October, 10 months after release, 12.11 driver that put the 7970 back on top.

AMD has been dropping prices since Kepler release. They do this to keep the product selling vs the competition not because they are nice guys.

If 12.11 would have been drivers at release, this generation might have turned out differently. But according to the last batch of sales figures, AMD lost a couple points market share to Nvidia this round. The traditional ratio for the last few years has been Nvidia holding 60% of the discrete gpu market.
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post #40 of 69
I've had a good year with Nvidia....670 is treating me well and no driver issues like some people have had in the past.
Clean installs have been the way to go for me. Nvidia corp folder used to be 1.3-1.5GB from all the updates just adding up...clean install has kept the folder to 100mb...

oh 2013...what will the year bring...drum.gif
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