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December 13, 2013 11:29:13 AM

Both GPU companies have come a long way, and in terms of hardware, they both go blow for blow every time.
The determining factor in lots of these bouts comes down to drivers and overclockability now-a-days.

So my question is this-
Today, who has the better driver performance?

From what i gather, Nvidia has always been hailed as the superior in driver performance.
Is this still the case?

And AMD has usually kept the edge as having better overclock performance.
Does this still hold true?

Thanks.

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December 13, 2013 11:32:01 AM
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Nvidia still has 'the edge' so to speak simply due to more experience and more money for R&D

AMD drivers have come a long way though, and really isn't far behind. for most users, they can be considered equal to Nvidia. but both companies have had their share of mistakes over the past year or two.

overclocking headroom is about equal between the two companies atm
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December 13, 2013 11:41:39 AM

overclock headroom is card dependent on not side dependent, e.g titans are heavily underclocked(they can actually consume 500w power alone when clocked fully. Cards like 680's have a smaller headroom compared to the titan. as for driver performance, nvidia has the edge slightly, but both are still faulty in different areas. and to someone who is at least partially tech literate, driver problems shouldn't be the most of your concern, and should really be identical in both setups.
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December 13, 2013 11:50:48 AM

dudewitbow said:
overclock headroom is card dependent on not side dependent, e.g titans are heavily underclocked(they can actually consume 500w power alone when clocked fully. Cards like 680's have a smaller headroom compared to the titan. as for driver performance, nvidia has the edge slightly, but both are still faulty in different areas. and to someone who is at least partially tech literate, driver problems shouldn't be the most of your concern, and should really be identical in both setups.


Thank you sir, this is my reason for asking!
I have a 7950 atm, and with the hardware specifications, it is brilliant.
But when playing games at max settings, (minus aa) I still see stuttering, sometimes pretty severe.
I've never played with an Nvidia desktop graphics card, only a gaming laptop, and i never experienced stuttering like i did with the AMD desktop card.

So that's what I'm trying to find out, if i get a 7950 equivalent in nvidia, can i halfheartedly expect better performance from better drivers?
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a b Î Nvidia
December 13, 2013 11:58:54 AM

you can through Nvidia's V-sync option
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