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ATI and Nvidia Video Cards


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#1 Stargazer25

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 08:56 PM

I am having a hard time with choosing a video card. Nvidia seems like the best choice for overall gaming and even 2D graphics but I'm not sure how to make sense of the dicussions in some areas even though I know and understand most of the overall issues being addressed. I heard from some reviews ATI Radeon 5850, 5870, etc is good and excellent but on some I heard that Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 has a better overall performance. Is the ATI chip worth it or is the Nvidia chip the overall best considering the 5xxx series of ATI chips might have problems in some areas as other websites and reviews suggested?

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 09:23 PM

The Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 cards are overall better than the GTX 285. The problem is when you have crossfire or SLI with high-end cards. The CPU becomes a bottleneck and can make it appear as though less powerful cards have better performance.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 05:32 PM

A lot of it is personal preference, they both make good cards. I tend to always use ATI-in everything from run of the mill computers to high end gaming rigs-I find them to have good graphics and performance for less. In my experience from comparing similar ATI/NVIDIA cards, ATI cards typically have slightly better graphics, while NVIDIA normally has slightly better framerate, however this isnt true of all the cards, its just a general comparison, and neither is extravagently more then the rest.

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 07:49 PM

To piggyback on what patriot09 is saying, it has been accepted that ATi's graphics cards have the best IQ (image quality). Typically nVIDIA graphics cards used to offer higher framerate by tricking the drivers to use lower IQ for the sake of better performance.

These days though, the performance crown jumps back and forth. ATi released the Radeon HD 5800 series in September 2009 and had the performance crown for over 6 months. nVIDIA had nothing to compete and was outperformed by a mile during that time. Eventually the GTX 480 came out and nVIDIA took the performance crown back - at the cost of a hotter running and more power hungry solution. nVIDIA graphics cards are also generally more expensive, as ATi always tends to drop the prices of their graphics cards to keep the competitive edge.

Also, ATi actually has a higher market share than nVIDIA.




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