Originally Posted by xJavontax
Okay, there's a lot of recommendations for both the 460 and the 6850. I'm leaning more towards the 6850 side, but I've heard bad things about ATI/AMD drivers. Are the rumors true?
It depends on your system and many other factors, but I'd say you can get problems with either, depending on what specific system configuration you've got.
I had a Radeon HD6850 before I bought the GTX460. The HD6850 was a bit faster at stock in Crysis versus the GTX460 at stock, but I got a faulty card, from one of the first batches (I got it as soon as it came out in November) which has a voltage spike problem in the circuit that fed the RAM which would make the card crash the whole PC and need a hard reboot. Since then they have corrected that hardware problem and I would assume it's safe to buy one now. I also had some driver problems, but some could be related to the underlying hardware problem. And it was a new card, so problems were to be expected. At this time both cards have quite a few drivers to chose from, so it shouldn't be a problem.
I've always used Nvidia cards without problems, and I also have a Radeon HD4670 on my Media Center, and I can say the drivers haven't given me any headaches. I've played Left 4 Dead 2 and Crysis and Crysis Warhead on my Media Center without problems. Oh, and I am also running a legacy P4 system with a Radeon X1950 Pro with Catalyst 10.2 (the latest for this legacy card) and can even play the same games as on my Media Center, plus Half-Life 2 without problems.Edited by tpi2007 - 3/29/11 at 7:02pm