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Windows 7: ATI or NVIDIA

View Poll Results: What card have you found better
NVIDIA 53 60.92%
ATI 34 39.08%
Voters: 87. You may not vote on this poll

13 Aug 2010   #31
cloud8521

 

Im just not sure why people seem to be having so much trouble with ATI drivers. the only time (yes one time since their radon 7000 line) i have had a problem was with The Witcher, sidewalks were see-though. but they patched it and it was all good. that was the only time for many, many years that i have used the ATI line.


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13 Aug 2010   #32
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DirtRider View Post
I would rather pay double the price and know when I get behind my monitor and play a game I don't have to spend 90% of that time tuning the card in just for that game or never getting that game to run correctly at all as I had with the ATI card
That's why I have three different installations of Seven with a different driverset for each installation





Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cloud8521 View Post
Im just not sure why people seem to be having so much trouble with ATI drivers.

That's because they keep bloody fixing issues and then bloody well go and break them again in subsequent releases... It tends to wear thin after a while.

So too does the promise of 'it will be fixed in the next release' response - sometimes it actually is, but more often than not it's several releases later that some issues are addressed.


My last nvidia card was a 7600GS so admittedly, my personal experience with current forceware drivers is outdated - but from memory there was a lot less flapping about overall.


Aside from game breaking bugs, it's also the little niggling things that also add up to an irritating experience overall.

For example, I have several manually created profiles depending on need.

ie A desktop profile with 3 monitors in extended mode, a single screen games/movie profile and an Eyefinity profile.

Going from Eyefinity back to my 3 monitor profile, 50% of the time I have to activate the desktop profile twice because it gets the monitor placement wrong.

I can't select portrait mode with 3 monitors, vsync is still 120FPS for Eyefinity and not 60 for 60hz monitors and so on and so forth etc.

So it's actually quite easy to understand the problems people have when you personally and consistently experience them. Particularly for the 5xxx series.


Conversely however, my other machine which is no longer a gaming rig which has a single 4850 has no problems. A lot of that has to do with the fact that it's not exposed to the areas which expose the driver flaws.



When I purchased my 5970, the 470/480 had literally just been released and I was disappointed with nvidias new offerings. That's why I stayed with ATI and tbh, it's a decision I regret.
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13 Aug 2010   #33
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just my two cents:

I didn't participate in the poll as I don't have any reference between the cards. I have stuck with ATI, however, because I have never had any problems with their products.
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13 Aug 2010   #34
smarteyeball

 
 

Kudos to all who have never had a problem with either camp.
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13 Aug 2010   #35
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Kudos to all who have never had a problem with either camp.
Agreed. And that seems to be rare.
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13 Aug 2010   #36
smurof7neves

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

NVIDIA because it's the only card I've ever used in my custom PCs (I had nothing to do with the selection, however)
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14 Aug 2010   #37
Braveheart099

Windows 7 HP x64 SP1
 
 

I used Nvidia GTX 470 but sold and bought ASUS ATI Radeon 5870 V2 included new ASUS Crosshair IV Formula with X6 1090T as Ive gone back to AMD from Nvidia.. I would say ATI seem better with big fan to give 17% cooler as Nvidia card as smaller fan that can cause hot when play in heavy gaming - when I load in heavy gaming it was over 95oC but for ATI 5870 it much cooler at 58oC all way...
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14 Aug 2010   #38
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I like both. At home, we use ATI, but at work it's Nvidia. Both work well for me, and if I have to replace anything, I look at both brands of chipset. I usually buy ATI because they are a little cheaper overall.

The whole "You must use an ATI card on an AMD platform" is total BS, but I do have a personal rule of thumb. I use the brand of card that matches the motherboard's chipset, and the only reason I do that is that so I have no stupid little problems with drivers - both GPU and mobo drivers. But that's a personal choice of mine, it is not a system requirement.
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15 Aug 2010   #39
kurahk7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
I like both. At home, we use ATI, but at work it's Nvidia. Both work well for me, and if I have to replace anything, I look at both brands of chipset. I usually buy ATI because they are a little cheaper overall.

The whole "You must use an ATI card on an AMD platform" is total BS, but I do have a personal rule of thumb. I use the brand of card that matches the motherboard's chipset, and the only reason I do that is that so I have no stupid little problems with drivers - both GPU and mobo drivers. But that's a personal choice of mine, it is not a system requirement.
lol I usually use the same GPU as the mobo chipset as well simply because drivers are easier to install
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15 Aug 2010   #40
Jester45

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

sli GTX 260(core 216) with a GTX 9800 as a extra CUDA card(little bit of physx) i love all three
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