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EVGA/Nvidia versus XFX ATI/Radeon. Opinions?


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#1 skymaster191

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 09:33 AM

My co-worker says EVGA/Nvidia might have more of a trouble-free installation but lower performance, while XFX ATI/Radeon may have driver issues, but will have higher performance.

What is your opinion?

One thing I noticed is that EVGA/Nvidia consistently has more 5-star ratings on Newegg than ATI/Radeon. Can I find an EVGA/Nvidia in the $150 range that matches performance of ATI Radeon.

Or does EVGA make an ATI Radeon?

Thanks.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 11:18 AM

First, it is wise to ignore Newegg ratings in most cases. Just read the comments to find out why. Newegg, being about the biggest computer/electronic retailer, means they also have about the largest amount of idiot customers as well.

What ATI Radeon are you trying to match for $150?

Personally, I have a hard time remembering any problems with either manufacturer as far as drivers were concerned (of course, I am getting up in years and my memory may be faulty). People find a way to have problems though, don't know how they do it, but they do.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 11:43 AM

I was looking at one of the ATI Radeon 5770 models

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 12:35 PM

with most manufacturers, if the brands drivers dont work all you have to do is go straight to the chipset manufacturere (NVIDIA or ATI) and get drivers that work. EVGA makes great NVIDIA cards, while if I were to buy ATI I would recomend Saphire or ASUS, mainly because they seem to have the best quality and the best cooling-XFX cards, while they perform good, in my experience and opinion in any case-often times have cooling problems which lead to shorter life span.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 01:19 PM

For $150, you have a few choices, good choices. Assuming you are in the US, overseas prices higher.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130591&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=404255&SID=176484 $149 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&Description=ati%206850%20hd&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch_v3.asp?scriteria=AA99342

A 1gig 460GTX, or a 6850 are your chief competetors at that pricepoint. 6850 is slightly faster. Either one is SIGNIFIGANTLY faster than a 5770. To me, it would be a matter of flipping a coin to decide which card to get.

I really have no problems with card cooling. Look at cards with the fullsize/doubleslot, if available, coolers on them.

Edited by dpunisher, 18 January 2011 - 01:21 PM.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 02:08 PM

Hey thanks for the input. I'm definitely looking at the Newegg links from Dpunisher.




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