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What the hell is with brand preference these days...and yes, I know it's always been around...but wow, the forums are almost unreadable as of this past year...who cares why some choose what they do? You don;t go around asking all your friends, so how come you would choose Honda when there is Toyota? It just gets old, annoying...and you would think no one wants to hear it, yet these types of threads and comments elicit the most response. And I no longer get rep for useful posts, 90% of my recent rep comes from posts like this, which I find even more ridiculous than what these conversations turn into. Intel is better...huh huh...no, AMD is better fool! Does it really bother people that much when other people choose to purchase different products than they do? No one will say so, but obviously it does...


It's true brand preference shouldn't matter but in recent light of Nvidia's Titan, brand preference or one's willingness to overspend is going to affect us all. Our only hope now is that AMD is not swayed by Titan's pricing.
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AMD and Nvidia are so close to eachother that it's pretty much personal preference. I will probably buy an AMD when i get around building a gaming desktop. From reviews they seem to have the best price/performance in my price point (thinking about the 7870 XT). And they also have the lower market share, a more balanced market is better for everyone (except nvidia maybe), not that one purchase will make that big of a difference.
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Well amd has a lot of compute power but in general I think its their pricing as well. I have been happy with both camps thumb.gif
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Pricing (I paid $250 for my 7950)

Drivers, I had less crashes with my single AMD card than my single Nvidia (this is debatable of course).. Nvidia has the best drivers for multiple cards though, no runt frames.

Overclocking, I received a card right from the manufacture with voltages unlocked, Nvidia put a stop to that on their new cards, only ones I see now are old BIOS's on some MSI cards. With the clocks I am running a 680 GTX (unless volt modded and some excellent cooling) can't hold a candle to it.

Games games games! I received some A+ games for FREE, can't beat free.

It is a tradeoff though, Nvidia does have better power efficiency, they do run cooler and what I said earlier, they have better multi card drivers.
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For me the most important thing is CUDA so AMD is a no go for graphics cards
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to be honest I never had any problems with ATI/AMD drivers, I used to have a LOT of driver problems with my GeForce and Riva TNT back in the day, the only thing i don't really like about my current Radeon is my HP laptop, it have 2 GPUs Dedicated (AMD) and integrated (Intel) to save battery and sometimes when installing updates the software will detect the intel not the AMD under windows.
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Pricing (I paid $250 for my 7950)

Drivers, I had less crashes with my single AMD card than my single Nvidia (this is debatable of course).. Nvidia has the best drivers for multiple cards though, no runt frames.

Overclocking, I received a card right from the manufacture with voltages unlocked, Nvidia put a stop to that on their new cards, only ones I see now are old BIOS's on some MSI cards. With the clocks I am running a 680 GTX (unless volt modded and some excellent cooling) can't hold a candle to it.

Games games games! I received some A+ games for FREE, can't beat free.

It is a tradeoff though, Nvidia does have better power efficiency, they do run cooler and what I said earlier, they have better multi card drivers.

But wouldn't that be because Amd always gave us so much compute power ? So there has to be a trade off somewhere or am I wrong? redface.gif
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But wouldn't that be because Amd always gave us so much compute power ? So there has to be a trade off somewhere or am I wrong? redface.gif

Even the Titan (GK110 which is Nvidia's compute monster) has better perf/watt than AMD's high end designs.

The situation is reversed with some lower end GPUs though last I checked.
 
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Even the Titan (GK110 which is Nvidia's compute monster) has better perf/watt than AMD's high end designs.

Something interesting I've noticed with Kepler vs GCN: when neither are gimped, Kepler uses less power and is a bit faster in gaming and FP64 per mm^2, while GCN is a good bit faster in FP32 per mm^2.
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Yep, 60 $ more and it still loses to 7950 so there is no point. The 680 might compete when both are overclocked, but I really doubt it from what I have seen, because the 7950 just overclocks SO well...

670 beats the 7950: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/far_cry_3_graphics_performance_review_benchmark,6.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crysis-3-performance-benchmark-gaming,3451-6.html
http://www.techspot.com/review/655-bioshock-infinite-performance/page3.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/360809-33-radeon-7950-gpgpu
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2012/11/12/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-670-2gb-review/6

Both are fantastic cards IMO, no reason to get a 680 or 7970 since the 670 and 7950 are so close to their top tier counterparts. If you have the extra couple dollars get an nvidia, if not go with the 7950. The 7950 is still a great card that definitely gives nvidia a run for its money. I'm sure that someone will come up with a benchmark or a few that show amd beating nvidia. At the end of the day it comes down to being happy with what you purchased and what you can get for your needs. 5 fps is negligible really.
I also got my 670s for less than the 7950s were going for at the time.
My 670s oc to 1300 easy
I am not a fan boi, just happy with my purchase
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