Originally Posted by Scotty99
I made a thread in nvidia forums but no replies.
I have a gtx 465 and was contemplating getting a 7950 cause of all the great deals. My question is for you folks, have you owned amd and nvidia GPU's in the past year or two and how have your experiences been?
Like day to to day stuff, do you get driver crashes/artifacts bsod ever with your amd card? Has alt tabbing ever been an issue? Not speaking of crossfire, just single card stuff. Also as a bonus, i play WoW a lot and would love to hear from someone who has owned both brands recently and if you could tell a difference either way.
Yes I actually have owned the following cards in the last year:
Radeon 7870 (x2)
Radeon 7950 (x2)
I don't have any issues with the things you speak of. I don't play WoW. I can tell you that AMD and Nvidia handle colors differently until you change some settings. If you do go through with changing you may need to calibrate or change the pixel format in the AMD driver settings.
Currently I game at 4k. My 670 did fantastic at 1080p all things considered but I find the 7950s to be stronger in most tasks, especially after overclocking. If you do go with the 7950, watch the clock of the model you get. Some boost automatically to 1000mhz out of the box while other models are 830mhz only. That big of a difference should be pretty noticeable when benching.
My pros/cons list
OpenGL performance is better
More options crossfiring (can mix and match models)
Better multimonitor support (IMO)
Seemigly better performance at higher resolution
More VRAM on under 300 dollar cards.
Radeon Pro (seriously great IMO)
Bad reputation with drivers. (especially with crossfire)
No support (or limited) for NVIDIA features
Better 3d support
SLI has been more consistent over the years.
Pretty easy to do downscaling (right in the driver)
Price, Price, Price
Many things are proprietary (less open standard support)
SLI must be the same model card
Skimps on the amount of VRAM
I found NVIDIA to be a better out of box experience. I like to tinker and have control over all of the settings. I found AMD way better for doing this on the driver side. There are more things but I can't really think of them right now.