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With one is better of these cards?
HD6870 or Nvidia 470?

I haw searched on google last few days but the benchmarks is difrent on each site.
HD6870 consumes less power less heat but as much as i haw heard the ATI haw horible drivers.So far only video cards i haw used is from nvidia so i haw no idea about ATI.

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Sorry about my english im from Latvia
post #2 of 23
With ATi u face lots of drivers problem .

Go with Nvidia.

Specially this one :-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127513
post #3 of 23
If you must choose between those two, I would suggest the ATI card. Its cheaper, cooler, lower power consumption and as I understand, has better dx11 capabilities.
Now, if you can stretch your budget a bit higher, you should definitely get the GTX570. Its a wonderful card and some even say it is GOD's best gift to geeks (after Megan Fox, of course).
And as for the driver issues, you are correct. ATI drivers are not that good but once you have installed it, you wont be needing it much more. So it is better to ignore the driver factor.
    
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Originally Posted by rahulsuraj View Post
With ATi u face lots of drivers problem .
With Nvidia you face lots of temp problems.

=P


If you're a folder and play games that have GPU Physx, then the 470 is tailored to you.

However, if you play games that only use CPU Physx then you really won't see a huge difference in FPS and you'd be saving money by going ATI.

For me, the 6870 would be the better choice.
    
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You should buy an ATI,nvidia video cards are so much powerful than ATI but with nvidia you will have driver problems all the time,they cant build a nice driver so you can use your gpu to the max,we have to install hacked quadro comercial drivers so we can get all the juice out of the video card.
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Of those two choices I'd go with the 6870. But I'd suggest the GTX 570 if you can afford it. nVidia's 500 series is much improved over the 400 series.
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Haw nvidia that way you don't have haw with ATI on the other hand, yeah that's what I'd go for because you can't go wrong.
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ATI drivers are not as bad as everyone makes them out to be. They are a bit more non user friendly and thus more people have problems with uninstalling/installing them. A big part of the problems are PEBKAC in the install process and not the drivers themselves. If you consider yourself fairly computer savvy and know what you are doing, don't let the bad stigma of ATI drivers play a part in your decision. That said, you can't go wrong with either brand/card really. They both have their pros and cons and both shine in different areas.

My opinion, if you are gaming with a single 1920x1200 or lower monitor, go with Nvidia. If higher rez and/or mult-monitor, go with ATI with more VRAM, such as the 69xx cards. Also, if enjoy pretty high AA settings at the higher resolutions, go with ATI, again due to more VRAM.
post #9 of 23
470 Pros:
Better than 6870 @ tessellation (from the Heaven 2.1 benchmarks I've seen)
CUDA (Folding)
PhysX
470 Cons:
More power consumption and heat output than 6870

6870 Pros:
Cooler, more power efficient
Good crossfire scaling
6870 Cons:
Look at 470 Pros

From game benchmarks, they seem to trade blows with each other in single cards and SLi/CFX

Either would be a good choice
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Go nvidia, it works every time. When ATi stuff works, it's amazing, when it doesn't it's a nightmare. I spent weeks trying to make an ATi card work on an old s939 machine with an ATi chipset, only to find out there's a very well hidden issue with the pairing. Yet I slap in a cheap Nvidia card to have it work 100% inside half an hour.

Don't get me wrong, I have a 4350 (as well as the GTX460) in this machine, and built a new build for a friend with a 5770 a while ago, both are running perfectly. But I still don't like ATi drivers, the install is bloated and slow, and it's a pain in the neck to fix if it goes wrong. Nvidia's drivers are less featured, but install very quickly, and just plain work.
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