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Poll Results: If you have owned both AMD cards & Nvidia cards at some point, which did you enjoy more?

 
  • 50% (76)
    Nvidia!
  • 49% (74)
    AMD!
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post #81 of 106
I've had pleasant experience with both camps when using only one card.
However, right now I have both a GTX 680 and a R9 290 in my case. So far, so good - they work just as planned. However, I have an issue that really bothers me and makes me inclined to say that I appreciate the NVidia more for only one reason. (bolded in the wall of text below)

In order to keep my R9 290 active, I need to have it set up to a monitor. Or a dummy plug, which is essentially a monitor but with no monitor. So I simply connect it to a second port on one of my displays.
Because I'm running a triple-display setup, this would effectively make it a quad-display. (I don't game in Eyefinity/Surround atm, because I have one monitor that is still 16:9, so this is fine.) Anyhow, the way the cards work is that anything that is rendered by the NVidia is pushed through the ATI (even though my connectors bar from the dummy plug are plugged in the NVidia), hence if I utilize my ATI at 100% (yes, the scenario I refer to is mining) I get the godawful stuttering across all displays, plus it makes simple jobs as dragging + maximizing windows between displays an often cause for a driver crash on the ATI side. And, naturally, if I unplug the dummy from the ATI I lose all fine control of the card, which brings its efficiency down with a solid 40%.

I've tried all sorts of shenanigans, but if I disable the 'fourth' display from the NVidia Control Panel, it disappears from CCC too. And vice versa. Tried uninstalling CCC and running only the display driver, but to no avail.

I've had:
GeForce4 MX440 (128MB on a 128b bus tongue.gif)
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro
ATI Radeon X1600 Pro
GeForce 9800GT
GTX 570
GTX 680
R9 290
(and a 6950 but only borrowed for a couple of days)
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post #82 of 106
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baghi View Post

I believe owners of very recent gen. cards from AMD will have a different opinion and the owners of HD 6000 and old gen. will have a different one. tongue.gif

I've owned HD4670, HD5770, and HD5870 in Crossfire along with HD7870 Ghz in Crossfire and now a R9 290 and my opinion remained the same... No issues. thumb.gif
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post #83 of 106
Affordable 3G memory card, R9280x for the win.
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post #84 of 106
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Originally Posted by linuxfueled View Post

Affordable 3G memory card, R9280x for the win.

Have you kept up with what's going on lately? 280x's have gone up 100 bucks from their original retail price because of miners. They are a lot less appealing now. I hope they come back down though, because I really want to get two of them for my second system. Otherwise I'll just have to get 770s.
post #85 of 106
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Originally Posted by jameyscott View Post

Have you kept up with what's going on lately? 280x's have gone up 100 bucks from their original retail price because of miners. They are a lot less appealing now. I hope they come back down though, because I really want to get two of them for my second system. Otherwise I'll just have to get 770s.

On the other hand I was able to pick up a new 760 for $170 the other week which is great price/performance compared to AMD's offerings. Basically the opposite of what most people would claim (AMD = for the people vs Nvidia = for profit).
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post #86 of 106
I think I tend to prefer nVidia. I really like GeForce Experience, and having used them fot what, 6 years in a row, I'm used to how they work.
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post #87 of 106
I really like how long this thread has gone without a flame war thumb.gif
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post #88 of 106
If I had to pick one it would be Nvidia, but that doesn't mean I like AMD any less. I prefer to buy EVGA whenever possible and that just isn't an option with AMD giving Nvidia the edge. I don't care about either company and just buy whatever is best for me and what I am trying to do at the time.

The last card I picked up was a 780 Classified because it is cool, quiet and runs better in the game I mostly play at my resolution then the 290X and was what I wanted to spend at the time. Basically when I want a new card I will go to whatever brand does what I want at the time, either company isn't my friend and both of them make good products.
Edited by treats - 1/13/14 at 9:53am
post #89 of 106
I marginally prefer NVIDIA!

Since 1998 I've had:

ATI 850 Pro
ATI 1650 Pro
ATI 1950GT
NVIDIA MSI GTX 580 Twin Frozr OC Power Edition
NVIDIA MSI GTX 670 Twin Frozr OC Power Edition
NVIDIA Gigabyte GTX 780Ti OC X3 Windforce
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post #90 of 106
I used AMD/ATi for almost 7 years (mostly because I like them - they had a certain spunk as a company, and their products were mostly well priced/performance).

However, sometime during 2010 or so, I made the mistake of getting a CF 5770 system. The drivers for that failed spectacularly and wonderfully in many of the games I played (truely wonderfully,too [for example] in SC2,units would just disappear into voids and never return... only if CF was enabled). So I upgraded to a single 5870, which resolved all problems, but I could just leave stupid alone and got another to Crossfire, again.

So I eventually side-stepped upgraded to a GTX570 SLI setup, before just moving to a single GTX580, and I've stuck with nVidia ever since.

On the mobile front, I first had several nVidia laptops (mostly lower end stuff - like the MX440 Go from a while ago), but went to ATi for the switching GPU laptops (use intel IGP in power saving mode, use ATi in gaming mode). However, after several driver issues, I went back to using nVidia laptops, again. Optimus just worked well for what I wanted it to do (not to mention, the OEM baked driver sets for the Intel/ATi combo drivers were almost never updated, and frequently had trouble with little detains (like brightness control) if I ever tried to manually update each part. So it wasn't as much Optimus, as the easily updateable drivers, that drew me back to nVidia on the mobile side).



TL;DR
I eventually went to nVidia due to my preference of drivers.
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