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nvidia or ati video card best suited

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by okeee, Apr 7, 2013.

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  1. okeee

    okeee Thread Starter

    May 14, 2006
    i want to know which video card is better suited: nvidia or ati.
    -what are pros and cons of both?
    -how does the numbering system of both work?

    about the set up:
    -dual monitor set up
    -i want to play new games but old games (20 years old) as well.
    -i do not want to overclock, and just use 1 video card.
    -reliability is more important than performance, the video card should be stable and be used for a long time.
  2. dai


    Mar 6, 2003
    if it is a intel chipset m/b then nvidia

    amd then ati

    the higher the number is the newer version of the card

    video cards and psu upgrades go hand in hand
  3. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    And all these years I've been running ATI/AMD cards on Intel chipset based motherboards without any issues.

    That's true but for performance wise it's a little more complicated than that.

    For example a Radeon HD 7750 is not faster than a Radeon HD 6850. Similarly a Geforce GTX 650 is not faster than a Geforce GTX 570.

    The first number usually indicates the generation/series, the next two or three numbers can be used kind of like a model numbers and can be used to determine general performance. The higher the number the greater the performance in that series.
    Here's a good rundown for AMD: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radeon#Product_naming_scheme
    And one for Nvidia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geforce#Nomenclature

    Here's a good basic chart of performance comparison: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
    And the best value for certain price ranges as decided by one site: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

    There are additional features that one company supports that other doesn't or support in different ways.
    AMD has Eyefinity multiple monitor support for 3 to 6 monitors on wide set of cards through several generations while nVidia supports up to three monitors on their latest cards per card.
    AMD has CrossFireX for joining multiple cards together to improve performance. NVidia does the same thing with SLI.
    NVidia has CUDA support that AMD doesn't that can be used for other processing tasks and can benefit software such as Adobe CS products greatly.
    AMD and Nvidia both support OpenCL, and it's kind of similar to CUDA but cross GPU/platform.
    NVidia has a more successful 3D solution than AMD, 3D Vision vs HD3D.
    NVidia also has the more successful Physics, PhysX. But most games make use of CPU calculated physics.
    Some games are optimized for one maker more than the other so comparable GPU hardware may yield noticeable difference if the game is tweaked for the one vs the other.
    They both also have slightly different ways of doing and processing things that some people prefer over the other.
    And many other differences that I'm just not thinking of right now.

    Wikipedia should have articles for all the things mentioned above for more detail.

    Dual monitor support is standard on everything made in the last decade including integrated graphics, just make sure the physical card you buy has the physical ports installed that you need. Triple monitor support is even now becoming pretty standard on most hardware including integrated.

    A bigger concern with 10+ year old games is if they'll even run on the operating system, may have to run them in a virtual environment for old DOS based and 16-bit games if you are running a 64-bit operating system, or if the games misinterprets the clock cycles and run too fast.
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