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Question for gamers that know or own both the ATI and NVIDIA High-end cards?

Poll Results: What is cheaper for the horse power, so you dont need a big PSU or lots of Wattage?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 73% of voters (22)
    ATI High end cards
  • 26% of voters (8)
    NVIDIA High end cards
30 Total Votes  
post #1 of 25
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I am out in the market and I know you guys have lots of expirience with ither... the 580's and the 480's and guys with the 6970's or in many different SLI or CrossfireX Configurations! and so on and so forth, Witch card is worth the money just to play with out any glitchy drivers or game comparability issues! The one that can give me good steady 60 frames just play anything at maxed settings..( i know cards have different options like PhisX or no phisx with ATI.. and lots of games are made better to run on nvidia and not as much towards ati, so what configuration is best to buy at this point in time.. I like ATI better because its smother with windows 7 UI and it makes it look sharper, do you guys notice that too? and nvidia does not seem to satesfy me so much... ether with games.. the cards i have tested are.. evga GTX 295 896mb. and 2 x HD 4890's 2gigs total, in crossfireX(one at a time also) .. in a i7 950 stock, 12 gigs of 1600 ram, two western digital black 640gigs each in raid 0 (as fast as a regular ssd), in a MSI X58 Pro-E MObo win-7 x64 everything updated. I prefer ONE 4890 1GB, satisfies my gaming needs, and well 2 is cool, but i think my corair 750 watt PSU is not cutting it, I think its time to upgrade to a nicer single card deal, because i have every thing else good but not the video card.. I know I can buy a GTX 580 or a cheaper HD 6970 Thanks for your advice! I know I need to put my system in my Sig! lol Thanks in advance!
Edited by ZinayH - 2/12/11 at 5:38pm
    
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post #2 of 25
Holy hell stick to a standard font/size..
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post #3 of 25
AMD is usually the one getting bashed about drivers, and Nvidia generally delivers well in that regard. The GTX 580 is the most powerful single-gpu card available at the moment. Dual-GPU 6990 and 590 cards should be releasing soon, and those are still up in the air as to performance.

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Holy hell stick to a standard font/size..
Agreed.
post #4 of 25
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ok sorry about the font size, I forget how picky people get around here! xD
    
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post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by beers View Post
Holy hell stick to a standard font/size..
Fixed it..lol
    
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post #6 of 25
What exactly is your goal with the upgrade?
You state that you're satisfied with a single 4890, so... ?

Usually one will want to upgrade when the performance of the computer is no longer satisfactory for their needs.

Since you prefer ATI you'd probably be more satisfied going with a 6950/6970.

Also, 750w is more than enough from a quality PSU to push two non-580 cards in crossfire/SLi
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post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by beers View Post
What exactly is your goal with the upgrade?
You state that you're satisfied with a single 4890, so... ?

Usually one will want to upgrade when the performance of the computer is no longer satisfactory for their needs.

Since you prefer ATI you'd probably be more satisfied going with a 6950/6970.

Also, 750w is more than enough from a quality PSU to push two non-580 cards in crossfire/SLi
Yeah mainly looking for better performance, and i know the 580 is better but I dont want to have issues with going with ati, and low frame rates becausue I have no PhisX support or the game is not made for ati, or having a 580 thats nice and fast and having glitches. ati seems to always satisfy me, but i just wanted to make sure witch is the bang for the buck right now. thanks!
    
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post #8 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZinayH View Post
Yeah mainly looking for better performance, and i know the 580 is better but I dont want to have issues with going with ati, and low frame rates becausue I have no PhisX support or the game is not made for ati, or having a 580 thats nice and fast and having glitches. ati seems to always satisfy me, but i just wanted to make sure witch is the bang for the buck right now. thanks!
You'll be fine with either company. Not having a PhysX card will not kill you; very few games use the technology. Nvidia drivers generally seem to find fewer complaints, at least going by the threads on this forum. Those logos in games that show that the game was "made for" Nvidia/AMD simply mean that one of those companies pumped money in to the developer, and possibly did some optimization work. That will not mean the game suddenly runs terribly on the opposite company's card.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by EfemaN View Post
You'll be fine with either company. Not having a PhysX card will not kill you; very few games use the technology. Nvidia drivers generally seem to find fewer complaints, at least going by the threads on this forum. Those logos in games that show that the game was "made for" Nvidia/AMD simply mean that one of those companies pumped money in to the developer, and possibly did some optimization work. That will not mean the game suddenly runs terribly on the opposite company's card.
well that is a relief! Thanks!
    
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post #10 of 25
For "BANG" for your buck ati is where its at, i got a 6970 for $200 used, as gtx 580s used are going to $400+
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