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Hey guys... just needed some thoughts and opinions...

How are the new drivers coming out? Problems with CF? I see many people complaining and others that say they don't have problems what so ever with CF ...

As ATI, in my price tag, has a very good range of solutions... i'm thinking on going red...

So, your input would be highly welcomed
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Nvidia > ATI.

Only reason to go with ATI is if you want a card that uses less power. Nvidia is currently delivering superior cards.
    
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thanks Kirby, but i was expecting something about drivers

You know the problem man? These 295 are freaking amazing and came out at a freaking price... since the new 590 must have the price way up there if the specs of dual 580's are true... i'm really thinking about the 6990 ... if my presumptions are correct, it will be cheaper with a good margin. So i'm just trying to find all the information i need so i can do a relaxed and conscious decision
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What's your price range on cards at the moment? Also from my personal experiences ATI has had more problematic drivers than Nvidia for the most part, but Nvidia has had it's own set of problems as well.

If you are thinking about going with the latest generation of 5xx cards from Nvidia you won't be disappointed. They scale really really well. Not quite as well as the 4xx's did, but still rather impressive in terms of $/performance.
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I went to ATi because I could get more power for less money. The drives aren't that great, but I have yet to come across a real problem with my 5870 since I bought it. Although I must say I would NEVER consider buying an ATi card that has not been out for at least 6 months and would rather have it after about 8 months of being on the market as there are SO MANY issues with their drivers and new cards it is a carnival of craziness.

I got my 5870 after all the bugs were worked out and for half the retail price because I got it used and for that I am loving it so very much, but if I bought it for full price when the drivers were not mature from what I have read I would have wanted to cut my entire body off.

nVidia is awesome and worth it over ATi if you have the money, but if you are a budget gamer and want the best bang for the buck ATi is where it is at and their cards use less power to boot. Just don't buy cards that haven't been on the market long enough for them to iron the bugs out and you will be fine.
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Well... it's not entirely about budget... it's more about being worth it... i love the GTX580, but i had a GTX 280 and then bought a GTX295 in exchange for the 280...

The price they ask for the 580 is surreal for a single gpu solution. That's why i didn't pull the plug on a 580 yet.

So i was looking at ATI offerings too ... but this is a weird moment to buy gfx. At the same time that all of the offerings are really good and you can't go wrong with them ... future proof will suck because, in the end of the year we'll have the die shrinks to 24nm's ... that are "only" 4-5x more efficient...

And of course, nvidia's are power horses at the moment in terms of power requirements.

What sucks is that the freaking 295 runs everything fine ... but the lack of DX11 sucks...
post #7 of 32
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Nvidia > ATI.

Only reason to go with ATI is if you want a card that uses less power. Nvidia is currently delivering superior cards.
^ This


or go red if you want a 3 Screen or more set up.
    
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Nvidia > ATI.

Only reason to go with ATI is if you want a card that uses less power. Nvidia is currently delivering superior cards.
Not true

Performance: ATI still has the fastest card in the world

Price vs Performance: Nvidia could never best ATI in the full market despite having a larger market share.

BTW, I'm unbiased -- I pick the card(s) that are best bang for the buck for what it offers overall. Performance, price, features.

ATI wins when it comes tto an overall card -- Nvidia wins when it comes to higher prices and a littlebit faster GPU. Hello 27 watts at idle.. what about you nvidia? As for performance: 2x 6970's are about as good as GTX 580's in performance thanks to the VRAM and the awesome scaling they have... not to mention you save 150$ish per card

Lastly, drivers -- You'll have issues with both. You'll hear a lot of trash talked about ATI but don't believe it

If you want to know a cool fact: ATI has never released a driver that actually killed cards atleast (cough nvidia cough)


EDIT: Though I do have to admit -- This round Nvidia is doing pretty well. They improved on features where they were being facerolled by ATI. They dropped power consumption, heat, size and increased performance. They actually released a 'new' architecture instead of releasing a revision of an 8800GTX.

That is also why I like ATI. They, atleast, have been improving in areas where Nvidia twiddled thumbs
Just thought I would throw that out there
Edited by Balsagna - 1/30/11 at 1:58pm
     
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Go with 6950 or GTX 570.
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Theses are the two GTX 560s I have narrowed it down to myself! I have an 5850 that I like it's just unfortunate my card doesn't like drivers from 10.5 to 11.1 for some reason. And Nvidia has been pretty solid with their drivers!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130604

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565

Both are excellent cards and get pretty nice reviews!
Edited by wickedout - 1/30/11 at 5:18pm
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