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Meh, im still running the driver that comes on the CDs... I had too many issues with my surround setup when I updated.... doh.gif
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I think one thing people fail to realize is that there are so many millions of combinations in a PC (especially our custom machines) - of hardware and software that there is simply no 100% fool proof way that Nvidia- or any other company for that matter can produce drivers that will be 100% perfect in all situations.

I've never had any problems with Nvidia drivers, keep them up to date, the GTX280 was good, the GTX480 was better - and now a Titan... always been solid as a rock and stable.

Look at your computer a bit closer- how much bloatwarez junk do you have installed? Are you keeping other hardware like chipset drivers updated... Are you running 100 extra services in the background for things you uninstalled a year ago that just had a crappy uninstaller smile.gif

Do you have 10 different programs open and THEN a game on top of it?

Another thing- Chrome and many other browsers now are utilizing the GPU A LOT more... having a bunch of Chrome tabs open DOES amount for some GPU overhead- even it it's not much, perhaps it's causing some conflicts....

I just think it's unfair that Nvidia get's such bad rep for their drivers when in reality there isn't a company out there that is making "flawless" software... having a PC ( IMO ) implies you're going to have to do some maintenance and bug fixing... no different than an oil change in you're car.
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I run the latest Drives and haven't had most of the problems other have suffered from probably because on a 400 series card. Though games like BF3 run smoother on 306.97 what they really need to fix.

Nvidia's drivers are not as great as people make then seem.


People like to talk trash about AMD but for the most part with the latest drives they are not bad at all. Nvidia surround still is more buggy then eyefinity and even that has its own problems. My buddy just got a 7950 to replace his 4870x2 as it wasnt cutting it for his 1440p monitor. At 1200mhz in most benchmarks I have conducted it beats 1300mhz 670, no problems with not being smooth ether. All on a 4.2ghz i7 930, OP your gonna be much happier with the extra performance. Don't listen to other when they say CF doesn't work good, it really is just as good as sli. Scales better but sometimes can be more erratic, Though with the upcoming drives featuring new memory system CF may fix that problem. SLI isnt perfect ether.

AMD simply has more going for it, so saying he will be running back to the green side does nothing but prove that you are a nvidia fanboy instead of someone recommending the best hardware for the price.
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All I can say to OP is welcome to the Red team. I think you'll enjoy your stay. The 7970 GHz Edition is a pretty good upgrade over the 670. I love watching Nvidia fanboys claim that AMD drivers are terrible while they have no experience with them. I can tell you right now that AMD's most recent Catalyst drivers have been spot on. They've been making leaps and bounds ever since the 12.11 beta. I'm running the most current version of the AMD drivers, 13.2 Beta 7, and they are fantastic. I just recently got a second 7970 GHz Edition for crossfire and the install was just as it should be, plug and play. As soon as I booted up Catalyst recognized the second card and activated crossfire. I get almost 100% scaling in most games too.

Like I said, I think OP is going to enjoy his stay on the red team. I've owned nothing but AMD/ATI cards since the HD 4000 series and none of them have ever given me any trouble. Hopefully OP will have the same experience that I've had. thumb.gif
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As long as he doesn't go multi-gpu multi-screen he will be fine on the red team.
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Originally Posted by King4x4 View Post

As long as he doesn't go multi-gpu multi-screen he will be fine on the red team.

Just because you had a bad experience does not mean that everyone will. I've run two different multi GPU AMD setups (Crossfire 6850s, Crossfire 7970 GHz Editions) and neither of them have given me any trouble. I get perfect scaling and equal load across both of my 7970s and I had the same experience with my 6850s when I had them.
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Just because you had a bad experience does not mean that everyone will. I've run two different multi GPU AMD setups (Crossfire 6850s, Crossfire 7970 GHz Editions) and neither of them have given me any trouble. I get perfect scaling and equal load across both of my 7970s and I had the same experience with my 6850s when I had them.

He meant doing multi-gpu while also doing eyefinity, and I agree. Have seen many people run into problems doing that, even though it may still not be as troublesome as nvidia surround still.
Though future Drivers can fix that as well. Eyefinity on a single card still works great, and CF by itself still works great.
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Just because you had a bad experience does not mean that everyone will. I've run two different multi GPU AMD setups (Crossfire 6850s, Crossfire 7970 GHz Editions) and neither of them have given me any trouble. I get perfect scaling and equal load across both of my 7970s and I had the same experience with my 6850s when I had them.

Crossfire on dual cards is no problem.

Tri-fire too.

Quad is pure benchmarks.

All of this on a single screen is okay.

You go eyefinity on multi-gpus especially on the 7000 series is just asking for pain borderlinging on torture.
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It's one thing to say there are problems with Nvidia's drivers too, but to say there aren't any on the AMD side is just pure rubbish. The AMD drivers section tells a very different story. I know, I've read it thorougly. Why? Well, hunting for tips to jury rigging my former 7970 CF to do its thing. If a CF user hasn't had any problems, he really hasn't tried very hard or is blissfully ignorant of them. Yeah, I know, I must be another clueless newbie. User error FTW!
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It's one thing to say there are problems with Nvidia's drivers too, but to say there aren't any on the AMD side is just pure rubbish. The AMD drivers section tells a very different story. I know, I've read it thorougly. Why? Well, hunting for tips to jury rigging my former 7970 CF to do its thing. If a CF user hasn't had any problems, he really hasn't tried very hard or is blissfully ignorant of them. Yeah, I know, I must be another clueless newbie. User error FTW!

We all know who this post was directed at. rolleyes.gif

Describe your "problems" and I'll tell you whether or not I've experienced them.
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