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nVIDIA, AMD, what are the pros and cons of each side?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Exodus, Jun 26, 2014.

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Which side do you prefer?

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  1. Exodus

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    Hey guys,

    I'm going to buy a new rig this summer and I have some trouble choosing my side :confused: What GPU do you recommend me that suits my needs.

    I didn't told you my needs because I wanted to be sure you would answer my question and not just recommend a GPU. I just wanted to have a better idea of what both can offer before telling you my needs.

    So here is what I am looking for in importance order.

    1- Silence
    2- Good performances
    3- Great customization (Fan speed control, easy overclocking)
    4- More details in games.
    5- Good quality/price ratio
    6- other things.

    The games I will be playing are:

    BF 3,4, ARMA III, Titanfall, Wolfenstein the new Order, Crysis 1,2,3, Thief, Skyrim, Watch dogs (maybe), All the Batman, Thief, Assasin's Creed unity, Rome II, LoL, DoTA 2.

    My budget is:

    prefered 350-400

    maximum 400-450

    I will be playing on a 120hz 1080p screen.

    Have a great day. :)
     
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    Well unless you're really in need of physx you should just buy the fastest gpu you can at the time

    People on this site will argue about the drivers for years on end but unless you're dealing with more than 2 gpu's it's really down to luck more than anything else

    If you use any programs that are going to try and use the gpu for calculations you should look into the performance of the cards your looking at, as in game performance (mostly single precision) can often be very different from compute performance (mostly double precision)

    But for the most part trying to pick sides is just going to result in you getting ripped off
     
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    Normally Intel/Nvidia is the "more powerful" combo while AMD is the "budget" way to go. Don't get me wrong, AMD does offer some pretty good GPUs and a mid-grade Nvidia can do a pretty good job.

    Nvidia for power.
    AMD for budget.
     
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    or you can say for budget and power : 290/290X ... well more particularly 290... and Intel/AMD (and is quite powerfull a i5/290/290X can take head on a i5/780/780Ti while most of the time being a bit cheaper) can go together unless Intel hinder AMD gpu ... (what did they lie to me??? )
     
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    Friend of mine perfers all AMD due to Mantle and almost every game he plays goes better with AMD anyway. Iunno, I guess it depends on what games you play.

    Another difference is power consumption but not many still look over that unless it is summer.
     
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    i only play BF4 with mantle but DX11/DX9 no problems at all, i have all kind of game some more AMD some more Nvidia but they run pretty much flawlessly on each type.

    in the same perf range nV often got 1% above AMD (and sometime it's the opposite but it's safe to say: for the same performances = AMD cheaper) but the price/perf ratio tend to go red most of the time. (YAY for the death of GPU mining and price regularization :clap: )


    oh and for power consumption : well my 290 eats less than my old 580Ti Matrix SLI ahah x) (ok she eat way more than the 770 i had but for nearly the same price i don't mind)
     
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    this is just my personal experience of 20 years of builds: I have had 10 different nvidia cards, 2 Ati, and a couple of other brands (voodoo,...)
    The 2 Ati were not satisfactory. I do not like it when instead of gaming I have to edit, mod or do whatever to make it work. (I rarely enter nvidia settings because it just works)
    But there is always a system, or a particular game or driver that do not work well together. And that's why there are happy Ati users.
     
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    List what your needs are specifically because they will determine greatly whether to get a $50-100-200-300-400-500-600-700-800-900-1000-1500-3000 dollar AMD or NVidia.
     
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    I would choose a card based on its performance in the games you want to play. Choosing a card based on its average performance over a number of games is misleading nowadays. Both AMD and NVidia pay developers to favor their hardware in different games. If you average all games it balances out and similarly priced cards appear equal even though in each game one side usually has a 10-20% advantage. If most of the games you like to play are AMD sponsored games, then usually you should buy an AMD card, and if most of the games you like to play are NVidia sponsored games, then usually you should buy an NVidia card.
     
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    You didn't mention your needs.
     
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    I feel like these kinds of threads should be banned from all forums because its going to turn into a fanboy pissing match in a few more posts.
     
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    But those are fun to watch.
     
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    amd cheaper hardware more performace per dollor,crap software
    nvidia Faster hardware, better software, expensive as fuck
    ./thread
     
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    Once that starts happening the thread will be shut down. Folks with these kinds of questions should really look at reviews.
     
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    I see this thread going nowhere


    But nonetheless we need system specs, res, budget, etc....
     
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    Both are good buy what you can afford.

    This is only true for the current generation. For a long time Intel and Radeon vs AMD and Nvidia was the marketed combinations. After Radeon was acquired by AMD, obviously the AMD CPU + GPU was promoted. As far as card power, its the current generation where the AMD Radeon is the budget offering, thanks to Nvidia's absurdly overpriced Titan.
     
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    Thanks for all your answers guys. :D

    I didn't told you my needs because I wanted to be sure you would answer my question and not just recommend a GPU. I just wanted to have a better idea of what both can offer before telling you my needs.

    So here is what I am looking for in importance order.

    1- Silence
    2- Good performances
    3- Great customization (Fan speed control, easy overclocking)
    4- More details in games.
    5- Good quality/price ratio
    6- other things.

    The games I will be playing are:

    BF 3,4, ARMA III, Titanfall, Wolfenstein the new Order, Crysis 1,2,3, Thief, Skyrim, Watch dogs (maybe), All the Batman, Thief, Assasin's Creed unity, Rome II, LoL, DoTA 2, WIldstar and Wow.

    These are the one I remember.

    My budget is

    prefered 350-400

    maximum 400-450

    I will be playing on a 120hz 1080p screen.

    I would also like to have your thougths on G-sync.
     
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    I'd say for that price range, R9 290.
     
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    With a custom cooler.
     
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    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes.
     
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    Sapphire Tri X or Vapor X for sure.
     
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    same, and also

    seconded
     
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    Why the R9 290?

    Yeah but I don't which games I'd like to try later one. So I'd rather choose I GPU on its general performances and power comsumption.

    Could you recommend me one please? I don't know who to trust lol

    Not sure yet :p .

    either

    I5 4690k
    Asus VII gene
    Fractal kelvin T12/S24/ Swiftech h220
    mx100 256gb
    Kingston fury 2x4 GB ddr3 1866
    Bitfenix Aegis
    Cooler master VSM 550w

    or

    I5 4690k
    z97 atx board
    Fractal kelvin T12/S24/ Swiftech h220
    mx100 256gb
    Kingston fury 2x4 GB ddr3 1866
    Evga g2 750/850w
    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe.
     
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  24. erocker

    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The card has the performance you need within your budget.

    As for reviews, look here: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/
     
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    Seconded also
     
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