Let's Try to Have a Civil Discussion About NVIDIA and AMD

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Commenter Make.Sense is in the market for a new video card, but like many PC gamers out there doesn't know if he should go with an AMD, a NVIDIA card, or something from one of those other gaming video card companies that don't really exist. Trick is, he wants everyone to be nice and calm. Let's try our best!

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I know that graphics cards is a sensitive thing for gamers, and that you have the fanboyism there aswell, or people who prefer one brand over the other very strongly, so please try to keep it as neutral as possible.

Currently I'm on a GTX460, and I'm starting to feel like the card is getting old for me and that I want a new one. I would say I prefer nVidia because every computer I grew up with had nVidia graphics and therefore I've always felt at home with nVidia, but as it was revealed a couple of days back (Read an article from a Swedish site) the GTX660s wont be released for a couple of months, and that was what I was looking to buy.

But then I found out that an HD7950 is about as expensive as the GTX660 is assumed to be (at least here in Sweden), but I've never had an AMD card, but I'm almost ready to take the step right now so that I can get a new card now instead of waiting, but I'm a bit worried about AMD.

So, pros and cons of AMD graphics, what do they do good, what do they do better than nVidia and what do they do worse? Should I just stick with nVidia, maybe go for a 670 or is AMD anything to have?

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AMD Cards tend to do better multi-monitor and are occasionally, occasionally cheaper. They suck at drivers, almost as bad as Creative (never buy a Creative sound card these days; they basically stopped caring some time during the XP years) at times. Generally, people with AMD cards report more graphics issues than people with Nvidia cards.

Nvidia has better driver support, better 3D, and fewer hardware problems overall. They even allow far better GPU control (with Nvidia Inspector), meaning you can do some crazy-awesome stuff to tweak performance if you want. Nvidia also has updates that let you know when new drivers come out, so you can install them without a hitch.

EVGA is the best brand to get your graphics card from. I wholly recommend their cards. One time, I was actually out of warranty, and the dude helped me figure out what was wrong anyways—at 2 AM.