Originally Posted by Electric
Yes! I had a feeling I was making the right decision when I bought my 6970 when it first came out, then people kept saying the 570 would have been the better/faster choice... Well now with these new drivers, and some more benchmarks/proof, the 6970 can move past the GTX 570 on the list of cards from fastest to slowest!
i love these threads, so much bickering over benchmarks and 3 fps...who needs talk shows
i see a lot looking down on their nose at certain nvidia features, say they are irrelevant and don't matter...there are also ones saying they don't even believe the benchmarks or look at them any more...then there are ones who offer fps % increases (from first glance, appear to be "rounded up", as to why, i'm not sure...), so my question to the amd users here, if features don't matter, benchmarks don't matter, and fps increases don't matter...how do you determine the superior card?
you can't use specs either, as they both define what a sp is, and they also tabulate the speed of their vram and sp differently.
yes there are benchmarks out there that are definitely biased towards one over the other, but any benchmark that is "biased" isn't really a benchmark now is it?
so i think at this point, if you remove all the things that have been said that don't matter...it boils down to one conclusion:
pure justifiable fanboism.
when you take away all the ways of proof or only favor the proofs that support your "view", then you can't call it anything but fanboism.
you want to know the reason why i stick with nvidia over ati?
one word: linux
i know most here don't care about the support in linux, but amd graphics card support is absolutely hideous, it is probably the sole reason why i haven't consider ati now amd in several years for graphics cards...
as for windows and gaming...buy what you can afford...look at the reviews, take the comparisons with a grain of salt...deciding on the right graphics card can drive you mad, it is probably why people are fanboi's, if nvidia has never let you down, and they have a good price and the latest features, stick with them, if you want a change or if amd has never let you down, there really isn't a reason to switch, as the cards are very similar in performance and technology.
i will offer this last piece of experience...longevity...i notice ati/amd users upgrading more than nvidia users...as to why, not sure, it is just something i notice, could be due nvidia's rebranding operations that has everyone cagey, or from my experience that ati cards only stand the test of time for a few years, all the ati card's i've owned only last around 2 years, the nvidia cards i've owned are pushing 4 years +, again this is just an observation, i honestly do not have any proof of it, other than my own experience so take it for what it is.
another note to consider, if you use any programs like blender, autodesk programs, photoshop other adobe products, nvidia does have way better opengl support than ati does, all those programs use opengl...so it might be something to consider in that aspect.