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Windows 7: Changing from nVidia to AMD; What is involved???

27 Jan 2017   #1
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Changing from nVidia to AMD; What is involved???

I currently have a nearly-new EVGA/invidia video-card and drivers installed; this card has been nothing but a constant source of headaches; $70-plus total waste.

My wife's identical machine has a Gigabyte/AMD card that easily outperforms my invidia and has never given any problems; it just does it's job and does it well.

Thus, I have ordered an identical Gigabyte/AMD card to replace the invidia in my machine.

My question is, so far as the drivers are concerned, what procedure should I follow when I replace the invidia with the AMD; do I uninstall the invidia drivers just before shutting down the machine for card replacement or what ?

Thanks for reading.


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27 Jan 2017   #2
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Remove drivers using DDU (display driver uninstaller). Remove card. Install new card. Install new drivers.
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27 Jan 2017   #3
chefduane

Win 7 Home Prem x64 SP1
 
 

I made the NVidia to AMD change a few years ago. Never looked back. Most folks here seem to be Nvidia boosters with a few AMD'ers. I've just had good luck with AMD boards and gotten lots of value and performance for the money.
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27 Jan 2017   #4
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
Remove drivers using DDU (display driver uninstaller). Remove card. Install new card. Install new drivers.
Thanks! That is simple enough; I even already have DDU.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chefduane View Post
I made the NVidia to AMD change a few years ago. Never looked back. Most folks here seem to be Nvidia boosters with a few AMD'ers. I've just had good luck with AMD boards and gotten lots of value and performance for the money.
With the experience I have had, both with the invidia card and EVGA support, I will never buy another.

My experience is exactly why I bought AMD for the wife and then another for me.
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28 Jan 2017   #5
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Just the opposite for me, I never really had any issues with ATI (now AMD) cards. I've read about problems (with ATI) while deciding on parts for my first build and decided on NVidia, haven't had a problem yet.
My friend and I just built him a PC and he chose AMD, he hasn't had any issues either. Both companies have really improved their offerings.

One thing I recommend is to wait before installing the newest driver. I usually wait about a month or two and see what bugs show up with the newest one.
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28 Jan 2017   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

One thing that I have noticed is that AMD and nVidia cards support audio in different ways that can cause issues in some circumstances

The basic difference is that although Both cards support audio Via HDMI only nVidia cards support sound through the DVI ports so you can be "Forced" to purchase additional audio hardware when using multiple monitors and changing from AMD to nVidia cards.
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28 Jan 2017   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
You really don't say which card/ exact model GT/ GTX... you're having issues with
I have 2 evga GTX gpu's and they both rock
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28 Jan 2017   #8
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I have to say that while I am a little disenchanted with AMD's CPU and motherboard offerings (poor benchmarks, GPU card graphics lanes on MB being slow), I will say that their graphics cards seem to be of high quality lately.

I absolutely love my R9 280. It's never given me any trouble, and it runs all of my games on the highest settings. It doesn't benchmark as well as an Nvidia card in its same class, but I think that is because it is using a slower graphics lane because of the motherboard I have. It's very hard to find an AMD motherboard with my CPU socket which has a x16 PCI 3.0 compliant socket, unfortunately. My next build will be Intel based, but I will probably just move my current GPU over to the new build to save money.
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30 Jan 2017   #9
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I've used both NVIDIA and AMD/ATi cards. I've never had any problems with both but all I can say is pick the ones that you want more and works best for you.

NVIDIA needs to update their Control panel though, it looks like something you'd see during the Windows 98 era.
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30 Jan 2017   #10
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Someone asked which invidia card has caused me nothing but problems; random screen blackouts that there seems to be no fix for and crashing photo programs just at the crucial "save as" moment.

EVGA GeForce GT 730 2GB GDDR5 64bit DVI/HDMI/VGA Low Profile Graphics Card 02G-P3-3733-KR

If I were paid $2/hour for all the time I have wasted on this card, I could retire.
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