Weekend Open Forum: AMD or Nvidia?

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After months of build-up, AMD has finally unveiled its true next generation graphics card. The Radeon R9 Fury X broke cover at E3 last week and the review embargo lifted just days ago. While it’s not the Titan killer some had hoped for, the Fury X does appear equipped to go toe-to-toe with the GTX 980 Ti.

With this week’s open forum, we want to know which camp you fall into. Simply put: are you an AMD or Nvidia gamer? Let us know which way you lean in the comments section below!

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And it starts!
Started with amd 7970
Then went nvidia 770sli now 980ti.
I just really like the physx and 3d nvision


First proper gaming pc had 4870, current one has 7870, next will also feature an AMD card. They got my loyalty through personal experience with these two cards and listening to alot of my friends ***** about their nvidia cards on multiple occasions =P
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It really depends on who has the better card and value at time of release. My 7900 GT is the only card to ever go on me. AMD runs so much hotter. Never had the driver issues people say AMD has always had either.
Hercules Dynamite TNT
Geforce 2 MX
ATI All in Wonder 9800
Radeon HD 4870 x2 My first Cross-Fire (So hot I could dry my clothes)
Radeon HD 6870
NVIDIA GTX 770 second pc
GTX 980 TI x2 Coming in a few weeks. I Was waiting for AMD to release their cards. Going with NVIDIA.
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Currently have an AMD card. I don't really have any loyalty, but I suppose if I absolutely had to pick one I'd say nvidia. My card progression has gone this way:
ATI Rage Fury Pro (16MB?) (onboard - HP Pavilion computer (forget model number) from early 1998)
nvidia GeForce 2 MX (32MB, first gen) (AGP)
ATI 9600xt (AGP)
nvidia 7800gs (AGP)
nvidia 8800GTS 320
AMD Radeon HD 5830
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Grew up owning different ATI cards. When I got into gaming I was a 3dfx guy. Most recently I owned a rig with a GTX 680. I'm planning on purchasing a Nvidia GTX 980 ti card. I think AMD has done a great job with the latest Fury X don't get me wrong but somehow, through advertising and perceived support from both companies, Nvidia seems the company more concerned in developing focused hardware/drivers that most gamers are looking for right now. I also trust Gsync more than I do Freesync (not based on actual experience) and growing up, I absolutely hated screen tearing and stuttering. I never understood how my gaming rigs that could crush the frame rate levels of most games still at times felt less fluid at times than my most console games at the time. I later realized that ...that inconsistency between the GPU and monitor would always be there, regardless of how much money was spent. Do you remember the days when a DVD movies on computers were so taxing, that the first drives needed a special decoder card to help take the processing load off of the CPU. Well that was the way to go back then. Today, in the early state of variable refresh rate technology, I trust having a custom scaler installed in the monitor itself, designed by the GPU manufacturer more than an open standard where quality levels may prove inconsistent. This attention to detail in general and the fact the 980 ti is still a bit quicker on average than the Fury X has me trust the fact Nvidia will provide, and continue to provide, a more consistent and pleasurable experience. I could be wrong but I think when you spend a lot of money on a new product, sometimes you have to base it on a gut feeling when two products are so comparable.
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nVIDIA, usually

All the cards I've owned over the years:
Matrox Mistique
Radeon 8500 LE
GeForce FX 5600 Ultra v2
GeForce 6600 GT AGP
GeForce 6800 GT AGP
GeForce 7600 GS
GeForce 7800 GS AGP
GeForce 7900 GS
Radeon X1950 Pro AGP
GeForce 8400 GS
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce GT 210
Radeon HD 4670
GeForce GTX 260 core 216 55nm
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
GeForce GTX 650
GeForce GTX 660
GeForce GTX 670
GeForce GT 740
GeForce GTX 780
Quadro NVS 310


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I have a little of both and have never been favoring one side or the other.

Currently my main rig is Nvdia, a GTX 970 with GTX 580, but previously I had a pair of 5870s, those are now in a friends system and I have his 5850s, one in my server, one backup.

Before that I had a pair of 8800GTs and before that an AGP X850 Pro.

If my trend continues I'll be back to AMD in two or three years, one thing is for sure I get good mileage out of all my GPU purchases one way or another, those 8800GTs are both still working in separate friends computers and even the X850 was still in use until recently.
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I tend to support AMD for both CPU and GPU. I've always been happy with the performance and price.
But a big reason is because without AMD that would just leave Nvidia and Intel to dominate the market and less competition tends to be bad for consumers.


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I was hard rooted as AMD fan... But my last build, is a disappointment as compared to a buddies Intel / Nivida build...
Been hoping to replace the aging 5850, and maybe with AMD, but this last round is sad, to say the least. At least there on seems of one type of Maxwell /nivida either full cut or cut down...
While AMD is a jumbled old and new... Nothing is truly new ( exception HBM). Sorry not impressed...
I get that both teams have pushed the 28 nm node to the nursing home and 16 will be the next greatest thing. We are on the verge of window 10 & Dx12... Guess 970 will be the next upgrade unless there is a blessing of 960 ti and a large memory bus.


An AMD guy I guess for cards, Processors have been

Riva TNT 64MB(?? Don't remember, was a kid then)
Unknown Nvidia card, remember the bad exp tho
ATI Radeon 7500 128 MB
Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB modded with a Thermaltake Giant III and Zalman Ram sinks
ATI Radeon X1400 128MB (on a dell inspiron)
Nvidia GTX260M 1GB (alienware m15x) Horrible experience with Linux driver installations and random blue screens and game freezing incidents. It's around the ownership time period of this laptop Linus Torvalds flipped Nvidia off during a conference for their driver support for Linux, was so happy that day lol. I vowed to never get Nvidia after that.
HIS Radeon 7790 iCooler Turbo 1GB
2 x Sapphire 270X Toxic 2GB. Not happy with current setup tho, don't have the money to do anything about it.

Reasons to not support Nvidia:

The pain they caused me during my Linux Ventures AND blue screens in Windows cuz of their card. Multiple part repairs didn't fix that. Alienware replaced my system because I threatened to put up a video of the system freezing while using FIREFOX.

This whole gameworks propreitary bs is just not good for the market. Look at the ****ing **** they did with the Arkham Knight promotion video. They sped up the damn thing! That's ****ing cheap and sly of them.

Cycloid Torus

Stone age computing - click on the rock below..
nVidia for main machine, several ATI (low end low cost) in secondary machines.

Wish? 2GB DDR5 128 bit with water cooling. Cannot see power gobbling noisy monster in my future.


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Not really a necessary poll considering nVIDIA has 76% of the dGPU market, but peronsally I go with nVIDIA for their hardware and complimenting software and consistent drivers, and AMD when I'm low on cash.

Winged Gecko

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I am intrigued with AMD's new offerings, but have pretty much been an Nvidia man. Not sure what I am going to get next.

s3 Virge 3D - pci
Jaton s3 Virge 3D - pci
Creative Voodoo Banshee - pci
Creative Voodoo Banshee - agp
3dfx Voodoo 4500 - agp
EVGA GeForce2 MX 400 - agp
MSI GeForce4 MX440 8x - agp
GeForce FX 5200 - agp
PNY GeForce FX 5700 LE - agp
ASUS GeForce FX 5950 - agp
ASUS GeForce 9600 GSO x2 - pci-e
Galaxy & EVGA GeForce GTX 560 x2 2GB each - pci-e


TS Evangelist
My two NVidia gtx 960 2gb gddr5 gpus already arrived: one asus strix oc edition and one evga ssc edition. have yet to install them on my old intel i3-530 computer (with current NVidia 9800gt )and intel i5-3570k (dead asrock z77 extreme4 mobo; have yet to buy a replacement mobo as there is no z77 mobo in two cities I visited recently).


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I tend to support AMD for both CPU and GPU. I've always been happy with the performance and price.
But a big reason is because without AMD that would just leave Nvidia and Intel to dominate the market and less competition tends to be bad for consumers.
I have the same view point. We need the competition so I tend to buy AMD for CPU and GPU. I do have some systems with Intel and some with nVidia though.


TS Evangelist
Nvidia GeForce4 MX440
GeForce FX 5200
AMD HD 4670
AMD HD 6850
AMD HD 7870
Nvidia GTX 970 right now
And going back to AMD as soon as I can.
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Never mattered to me, had Nvidia most of my life but the lure of the HD 6990 pair I got for ridiculously cheap considering they were still the leading card (Dual GPU wise) made me switch. Since then I have enjoyed another set of AMD strictly for the extra VRAM which became more important to me due to the higher requirements.

Personally I plan on keeping my trio of 290X's at least one more generation. If I were to choose now I would probably get some of the GTX 980ti lightning or classified editions and overclock the life out of them. Though some recent Fury X CFX benchmarks swayed me because of some interesting scaling comparisons...


I've been an ATI/AMD guy for quite a while now. They (ATI) were a local Canadian company and a bit of an underdog (everyone loves an underdog) but had quality products so I usually bought Red team. I've been hoping AMD might even resurrect Ruby at some point.

Over the years I've had mostly ATI/AMD graphics cards, with a couple of nVidia cards here and there going back in the good ol' AGP days.

I had high hopes for Fury, but they seem a little underwhelming in my opinion but time will tell. May go Green this time around for the performance, but I'm torn. I despise this Gameworks crap and really do not like where Nvidia seems to want to take PC gaming.