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I want to keep sticking with nvidia while I have an intel cpu. I've heard negative things about the driver support for the 970. I'm doing 1080p gaming so the 3.5GB memory limit is fine. I'm trying to spend 230-280 for my video card. I'll find a deal for a 970 eventually in that price range. Should I go with AMD/ATI? I've searched the forums and found nothing too concerning but on other sites I've found people butthurt about it. Are they just butthurt from 3-7 months ago? Has driver support been properly updated since then?
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for 1080p 970 is doing just fine, though if you can wait, next arch from both camp will be interesting.

driver support nowdays is so-so.
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edit: nevermind june of 2016 is the launch date ugh decisions.
Edited by Pasha - 2/25/16 at 5:51pm
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it just a few months away man... patience is a virtue they say tongue.gif
if you still want the 970, when the new arch does arrive, you could get it (used) cheapo.

oh, thanks for lighting my flame btw biggrin.gif
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It may be useful to think of what sort of Pascal card your $230-$280 is going to buy you. I think the chances are pretty slim that $280 is going to buy you a X70 class of card in Pascal in the next ~6-8 months. It's more likely that money will only get you a X60 class of card which will likely still be behind the 970 you could buy today due to being not just a cut down flagship GPU, but a purpose built mid-range GPU so it may have less VRAM, and significantly lower bandwidth and amount of cores. I think I would probably save up a bit more to get into the ~$350 price bracket or go with a 970 now and enjoy having it for the next 6 months instead of waiting. With your CPU a GPU of 970 or higher power is likely going to be held back in a fair amount of games either way FYI.
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Not sure what driver support issues you are referring too, the only real driver bug I ever encountered early on was that GTX970's in SLI would not match voltages, the 2nd card would always run like 25mv less than the primary card.

It's a decent card if you can live with 3.5gb memory limit but in my opinion the R9 390 represents a better value at the same price.
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post #7 of 16
No problems but not worth. 8Gb 390 would have killed it if it wasn't for fanboys smile.gif
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Honestly, they do pretty well still, even with the 3.5 gig vram issue. I've never actually hit it that I know of, so there is that. They are pretty nice for the money, although, at this point I'd wait for pascal myself. As hard as that would be.
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post #9 of 16
better hold of rthe incoming video cards.

the 7970 and GTX 680 ended being faster than the dual gpu solution and the 250-300usd matched the high end of the older generation
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I think except vram is 3.5g nothing bad else
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