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In the past ATi/AMD graphics drivers haven't been one of the most stable things that can be had in the computing world and nVidia, despite the fact that they too were buggy pieces of crap, nVidia always seemed to have less issues than ATi/AMD. Has ATi/AMD drivers gotten better as of late? Are they having less issues?

Why I ask is that I've been considering a video card upgrade lately and for a long time I stayed away from ATi/AMD like they were the plague but lately nVidia video cards have been expensive and out of my price range.

I currently have a GTX 460 (I bought it used off someone) and some games are starting to drop frames and have been looking at the Gigabyte R9 270X. Based upon what I already have, would this be a decent upgrade or should I look somewhere else? Note, I'd like to keep the price below $200, maybe lower than $190.
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I can't speak for the 270x but here's a 280 in your price range...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202099&cm_re=r9_280-_-14-202-099-_-Product


Assuming you can order from the US the 280's are quite a bit better.

or.. from amazon

http://www.amazon.com/HIS-IceQ-Graphics-Cards-H280QC3G2M/dp/B00JIJUC2A/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1420985605&sr=8-6&keywords=r9+280

A hair more expensive then the 270x but much better.

That all said, AMD's driver have improved massively since 2010 and forward, this generation has been the best yet. I've personally rarely had driver issues from both camps but these days they are both pretty much rock solid outside of the beta driver or two.
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The 270x would be a good size upgrade. If your budget is $200, I was able to buy an Asus r9 280 TOP on Amazon for $191 a month or two ago. I personally steer clear of the x versions of the cards, but that's just me. Many find them to be just fine though, but my experience hasn't been the best.

As for the AMD drivers, it is a common theory that they are not as stable and reliable as Nvidia drivers. While I'm not one to debate the validity of that theory, I have never had issues, or at least only very minor ones. Nothing more than I had with Nvidia drivers. Never an issue that keeps me from playing and enjoying my games.
Edited by Depauville Kid - 1/11/15 at 6:44am
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When I was on a 7970, I always felt like AMD drivers, while reports of them being bad or unstable were exaggerated, were never really doing anything. The Nvidia guys would get driver after driver of "10% improvement in X, 15% improvement in Y" and most of AMD's R&D went into Xfire profiles, not optimization.

I feel like if you buy an AMD card, don't expect it to perform better than it does the day you bought it. Nvidia cards can expect a 5-15% improvement by the time you'd wanna sell it.
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The real benefit of AMD is that they try very hard to be the price to performance leader in most tiers. You can usually get a more powerful card from AMD for the same or less money as Nvidia. Nvidia is the market leader and doesn't have to undercut AMD as they already out sell them by large margins.

There are certainly exceptions to this rule, but I find that historically you can get more fps for your money with AMD.
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I can get this card for $199 off Amazon.com. The question is... can that card handle two monitors? I'd have one connected to the DVI-D and one via HDMI. Is that going to be a problem?
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I can get this card for $199 off Amazon.com. The question is... can that card handle two monitors? I'd have one connected to the DVI-D and one via HDMI. Is that going to be a problem?

Excellent card and yes it can handle dual monitors.
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Originally Posted by Depauville Kid View Post

The real benefit of AMD is that they try very hard to be the price to performance leader in most tiers. You can usually get a more powerful card from AMD for the same or less money as Nvidia. Nvidia is the market leader and doesn't have to undercut AMD as they already out sell them by large margins.

There are certainly exceptions to this rule, but I find that historically you can get more fps for your money with AMD.

That's why I went to the 7970; it wrecked the 680, and you could overclock the bejeezus out of it to come close to the (at the time) newly released 780. Two generations ago was a bad time for Nvidia...they really had their cocky-pants on.
post #9 of 32
get a R9 280 (rebranded HD 7950 boost). HD 7950/R9 280 is 20% faster than HD 7870 / R9 270X at the same clocks . here is the MSI R9 280 Gaming for USD 200.

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127789

http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/MSI-Radeon-R9-280-3GB-Gaming-Review-Tahiti-Continues-Its-Run

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2014/06/09/msi_radeon_r9_280_gaming_oc_video_card_review/
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Can I ask... What is this "HIS"? I've never heard of them. Gigabyte? Asus? XFX? Yeah, those are big names and everyone's heard of them. "HIS"? I have no idea.
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