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I am curious. Did you buy before the 12.11 drivers? Would you have made a different choice?
Did you have bad experiences with AMD.
Do you need an Nvidia specific feature?

Most people advise 79xx series now, so wondering why You nvidians chose your card.
post #2 of 36
YES. I buy my 670 before 12.11 + NVIDIA Driver Support is very solid....almost never had a problem in the past until 310.54, 310.61 and 314.21 (got stutter on Crysis 3).
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I have no brand loyalty, and tend to go back and forth from generation to generation between the two. This time around, I went with two GTX 680 boards vs. 7970 Crossfire, because I wanted CUDA for a H.264 encoding application I use, and I had a 6970 the last time around. LOL.

Honestly, when one brand pulls ahead with the latest and greatest, it seems the other brand comes out with something during the next development cycle that tops it. 7970 is the favorite around OCN because it's (a) less expensive, and (b) performs better in most gaming benchmarks than GTX 680. Good reasons, no doubt. =)

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My reasons were...
- upgrading from an gtx 470 which worked wonderfully for years and still works now (but farcry3 was too much for it finally)
- perception (not sure how true this is) of nvidia drivers being generally more solid
- two cards back, had a radeon 9700 which worked great for years, but remember not liking how memory hungry the catalyst software was at the time
- perception of nvidia being more of an innovator around gpu computing
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post #5 of 36
Do yourself a favor and get the cheapest option for your needs.
7850 and 7870 are the ultimate bang for bucks. When new generatuion comes out, sell it for a newer and better card if you ever need to.
220$ for a 7870 is a joke.

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_value.html

Keep in mind computers are not an investment. You will have to keep spending to keep them up-to-date. If you put your money in the high-end segment (HD7870+, GTX660+) you get less and less performance for every pennies spend.

It might be a fun factor thinking you are enjoying the most of a game playing at max resolution but I barely see much difference in graphic with everything maxed vs few not maxed. I still use my 5870 as I sold my 7970 because I realized gaming wasn't anymore for me (no social life, no money, no time for school).

The winning option is to spend less but upgrade more. If you upgrade more frequently your item will lose less value by the time you sell it for an upgrade (because no matter what you will have to upgrade your video card).
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Got my 680 brand new for £300, for that price I couldn't really say no.
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I was running a 670 and a 680 for a while and I went Nvidia because I prefer the experience.
Its kind of an intangible thing that I struggle to describe, but those of you who use both Nvidia and AMD cards can probably relate in some ways.

Something about using AMD cards makes my system feel a little less...Responsive? Colorful?
I cant really place it.

I have a great deal of respect for AMD, and I love seeing Nvidia(and their fans) sweat and try to justify the price differences they seem to love so much.

Ive never had a problem with ATI/AMD cards, and SLI has given me more grief over the years than CFX, but I just prefer the experience of using an Nvidia card somehow.
And I pay a moronic amount more for that feeling.
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post #8 of 36
My 4GB 670s were matching(and still do match) the 2GB 680s for the same price. At the time they were better than the 7970s in Crossfire with large resolutions but that is no longer the case, though they still perform extremely well and I have no desire to completely replace them. I did just buy a pair of 7970 Lightnings to get started on my new build, however. Dat quadfire.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zarich View Post

I am curious. Did you buy before the 12.11 drivers? Would you have made a different choice?
Did you have bad experiences with AMD.
Do you need an Nvidia specific feature?

Most people advise 79xx series now, so wondering why You nvidians chose your card.

(For some, performance with AMD was always perfect)

BUT... I will tell you why it was not ALWAYS the best thing to have an AMD before 12.11.
Just take a look at the first POST and you'll understand some users pain and how 12.11 started to solve EVERYTHING.

**FIXED** Eyefinity, Quad fire 7970, CCC 12.8 (12.x) Crash (hang/freeze) Galore, What to do?...



But in March 2013, no point of debating, get the cheapest or the brand you prefer, you'll get about the same performance. (Or get the Titan for maximum performance wink.gif )

Quote:
Originally Posted by PhilWrir View Post

Something about using AMD cards makes my system feel a little less...Responsive? Colorful?

Heard that Nvidia had worst color. thinking.gif
Edited by KaRLiToS - 3/21/13 at 10:26am
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EVGA simply doesn't have an equal in terms of quality much less customer support on the AMD side. Plus, I got a killer deal on an incredible card.
   
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