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Windows 7: The Best Graphics Cards: Nvidia vs. AMD at Every Price Point

07 Nov 2015   #11
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by margrave View Post

"As shown in the table above, the key battles ..."
Do video cards do "battle"?
Nvidia and AMD do

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07 Nov 2015   #12

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yea they do
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07 Nov 2015   #13
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

I think that one of the big reasons that AMD cards underperform is that if you plug one into most AMD based motherboards, they don't use PCIe 3.0, but use PCIe 2.0.

I got a nasty surprise when benchmarking my new R9 280. It only uses PCIe 2.0, reducing the bandwidth available to the card, and it severely underperformed. Some research proved that for most non-APU AMD chips (including the FX series), the PCIe bus controller doesn't support PCIe 3.0 on the motherboard. (FM1+ socketed motherboards do, for the most part, and my statements don't apply to them).

I don't know how this would apply on an Intel based motherboard, but I would expect it to perform at PCIe 3.0 bandwidth. My card is capable of it, it's my mobo that is holding me back.

I'm very suspicious of comparisons between Nvidia and AMD for that reason. I feel that if the AMD card is tested on an AMD board, then the resulting comparison is invalid. It's an apples to oranges kind of thing. A comparison of the boards tested on Intel hardware would be much more meaningful.

Another reason to buy Intel.
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07 Nov 2015   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Did somebody say 4K gaming? I've been thinking about upgrading my video card
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08 Nov 2015   #15

Windows 10 Professional x64

Well, i have one thing to say, AMD is made for those who go cheap. NVidia/Intel are the ones who bring quality.

Just look at how many people has their AMD graphics cards targeted in the BSOD section.
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08 Nov 2015   #16

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by margrave View Post
Who writes this junk?

Do video cards do "battle"?
Yes they do but they were seen working together nicely with DirectX 12
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03 Dec 2015   #17

windows 7 premium 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by margrave View Post
Who writes this junk?

"You might say 2015 hasn't been the most exciting year for graphics cards ..."
Is there anything "exciting" about graphics cards?

"As shown in the table above, the key battles ..."
Do video cards do "battle"?

YES i just got my amd sabertooth build done. and my dissapered off the shelves because it was too awesome 8gig sapphire 290x [ with lights on the ram thank you ] vapor x is very exciteing. and it does do battle. with the graphics turned all the way up and the view dist at 75% Arma 3 is donig 35 to 43 fps. And it has buttons on it.
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