ATI / NVidia

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Tricky
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ATI / NVidia

Postby Tricky » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:13 am

I'm re-educating myself on the current market, but I could use a hand if anyone's willing. Who has the upper hand in GPU performance, driver & hardware stability, etc?
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Postby Ares2382 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:54 am

Well first of all, it's no longer ATI, since AMD bought ATI and all the cards are now produced under AMD brand.

But on to your actual question. You're not going to get a unanimous response. Both companies make some really really good video cards.

Chances are, that if you get high end card from either of those companies, you'll be able to throw in just about any game at it, set it to max graphic settings and not have a glitch (assuming the rest of your PC is high end as well).

Both companies support their products with regular updates, and stability is good on both sides.

Of the latest cards, I do believe that NVidia has a slight advantage. But AMD cards do tend to be less expensive.

Check out this website. It will deffinatly help you get educated, and give you more facts rather then anecdotal stories which you might get on any forum.

PassMark Software - Video Card Benchmark Charts

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Postby Tricky » Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:53 pm

Oh great, that's good info. Thanks. That website will be a big help too, I was looking for something like that.

Can't really say yet which way I'll go yet. Motherboards are a whole new ball game too. I'm wondering if I should actually go and measure the size of some of these components, see if they actually fit together. GPUs have grown crazy big.

I'm considering alternative, quiet case/CPU/GPU cooling too. It isn't as much of a hot topic as it used to be, I can tell that much. I'd love to find out how for example water cooling compares to regular fans these days. I'm sure there have been advancements in both fields.
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Postby Nymie_the_Pooh » Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:21 pm

They tend to go back and forth for performance within a specific cost bracket. I advise checking Tom's Hardware. They have a monthly article for the best performing video card they could find in each price category and you can look up reviews for individual cards on there if you want more information on an individual card. [url="http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html"]Here is the article for May.[/url] The June article will likely be up in about a week and a half if you want to wait for that. Some months there is little change and some months there is more, but that should give you an idea of current comparisons.

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Postby Tricky » Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:02 am

Yeah, found that one by chance a few days ago. Thanks for bringing it up though. It's a great addition to the thread itself.
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