Originally Posted by sanadanosa
Most review site talk about bad 7970 crossfire performance on several game due to AMD bad driver and I`m sure they are not fanboys
Well, each site you visit you get a different story - this review on scaling
shows it goes back and forth between the 2 and yet last week Anand said Xfire was too broken to recommend.
Tbh, neither company has a clean record and it really depends on your setup and what your doing with it. Ive personally had more trouble with nVidia as a company, with a G82 dying in my mac brook pro a few years ago, to which nVidia acknowledged there was a problem with the platform but largely shrugged when it came to helping their customers. And in a kind of funny twist, someone who I built a machine for 2 or so years ago specifically asked for an nVidia and one day he was quite unlucky and downloaded drivers which were pulled in less than 24 hours as they pushed the cards too hard, seemingly panic drivers.
Sure enough, reading around more people will tell you nVidia are stronger on the driver front, but my point is simply neither company is perfect.
Originally Posted by phanbuey
Drivers or not - if it performs worse then who cares.
Their biggest issue is really not performance but pricing. The pricing for the entire 7 series was way too high.
The 5 series was when AMD really pulled off a huge victory, mostly due to pricing.
Right now they are trying to pursue the Nvidia model of "offer the best performance and overcharge for it", and it seems that it is not working out for them.
Could not agree with this less. While it would be nice if both sides were a bit cheaper this round, AMDs current reduced price is what sold me on getting a 7970 last week. Also, the 5 series wasnt just a nice victory thanks mostly to price, it was the small fact they were half a year ahead with DX11 ^.^
It was a very easy choice for me, 497EUR for a custom cooled 7970 vs 568EUR for a reference 680. Cheaper, cooler, quieter and faster out of the box = no brainer. I couldnt give a shit if it consumes more power. 680 is a nice card and had there been a custom cooled option available for a small premium over a similar 7970 I would have picked the 680, but that was far from the case.