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Re: NVIDIA .vs. AMD / ATI

Post by DarkDeamon » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:09 pm

I had an ati many, many years ago and it was an absolute pile of garbage. I never managed to get the card working to its full potential and after 9 months of dispute between me, the vendor and the manufacturer, i ended up replacing it with an nvidia based card which worked first time out of the box and coped with what was asked of it.
I now use nvidia by preference as a lot of the 'special' software i run is coded to utilise the nvidia gpu and it reduces the running time from 1000's of hours to 100's.
Currently have a 460 but am waiting for my overclocked 560ti (was hoping it would be delivered fri) :(
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Re: NVIDIA .vs. AMD / ATI

Post by pawtrooper » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:56 pm

i like nvidia my old 520 did the job now i getting get a new rig and have got a 580 gtx saw it in the pic of ages rig so it must be good
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Re: NVIDIA .vs. AMD / ATI

Post by kernowbysvyken » Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:29 pm

Years and years ago, I had a couple of nVidias and at the time they were pretty decent, letting me play my first pc games. My first gaming computer had a Radeon that was an LE version. They should change LE to LA for limited ability, it was crap. Since then then I've had better cards in the ATi range and they've been spot on, perhaps a couple of driver issues here and there, but overall very good. They always seem to have more bang for your buck. I had one pretty high spec nVidia and it was very good, but it cost me about £50 more than the equivalent ATi (I got impatient waiting for stock). Unless something happens to the ATi price and performance, I'll stick with them
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Post by Hg80 » Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:05 pm

I started out with a Radeon 9800 Pro back in the day and boy what a card!
Then i swapped to Nvidia and got a 8800GT, then a GTX 260 which lasted me many years and this weekend i went against the grain and picked up a bargain ATI 6950 1GB, and i have to say what a card!
Runs super cool unlike my old GTX 260 and is haveing no issues running BF3 on high settings at 1920 x 1200.
I was a bit concerned about moving away from Nivida as i would be lacking Physx, cuda etc.

However so far so good!
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Post by Hg80 » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:41 pm

@ AbstractKiller check out http://www.videocardshop.co.uk/ they have some nice refubed cards for a fraction of the price.
Also the 2GB AMD/ATI 6950 can be unlocked to turn it into a 6970 using this method http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/ove ... idcard/159
Which again will save you about £100 on that alone! Thats if you have the balls to flash the bios on the card, however that said you should be fine as the card has 2 bios which can be swapped between by just flicking a switch as shown in the link above
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Re: NVIDIA .vs. AMD / ATI

Post by kernowbysvyken » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:33 am

My current card is a 6850 1GB and cost about £130. I bought the card thinking that a £130 card would run a new game nicely, as that's usually about the amount I spend, I can't justify huge amounts on a computer. Then I saw something about needing 800 quids worth of nVidias to run BF3 on maxed settings and started to get worried that my new card wouldn't be up to it. When I got the game, I was surprised to find that it automatically set most settings to high, so I went with what it suggested and tried it out. It runs perfectly, so I'm happy with that, although I may tweak it a bit to see what I can get out of it. The only issue is that when I touched my case just above where the graphics card is, it was pretty warm, definately warmer than I'd like it to be, so I guess the card is working pretty hard ( I was told the 6850s run fairly hot). I added a 12cm and a 14cm fan to the case and everything is cool again, but it does sound like a Harrier jump jet in the corner of my lounge. Simple solution was to put it under my desk and it's barely noticable.
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Re: NVIDIA .vs. AMD / ATI

Post by kernowbysvyken » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:19 am

The fans that came in the case were crappy and stupidly loud, so I replaced them with Coolermaster ones that were supposed to be silent. I have a very different view of silent to them, but they were a lot quieter. It's just that having 4 has made it about as loud as it was originally. I can put up with it, but next time I upgrade I'll be going for better cooling.
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