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Reliability of AMD's R9, R7, and HD GPU series in comparison to the GeForce series

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December 28, 2013 7:38:29 AM

I'm building a gaming PC and I'm really on the fence with Nvidia and AMD GPU's. I want to play GPU demanding games like Crysis 3. I don't care about PhysX, all I care for is performance and (if really noticeable) noise and heat. I've read some bad reviews about AMD cards ex. DOA, blue screens, artifacts, ect. While on the other side there is Nvidia which has almost no bad reviews. However, the GTX 780 GPUs and down (as much as as I'm willing to pay) offer a higher price while not supporting DirectX 11.2 and most likely not supporting Mantle (if it will greatly increase performance it would be nice to have it). While AMD on the other hand has this and a way better price point from my perspective. I really would want a quality product that would run solid and not have many problems at a good price.

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December 28, 2013 7:48:10 AM

Without starting a flame war here, let me just say, if you're looking for trouble free gaming with superior driver support then go for an nvidia GPU.

Now before everyone starts throwing rocks at me, look at my sig, I run a R9 290 currently. It's powerful but the drivers need work. Whenever I play a game it takes me a few minutes to get all the settings just right for smooth gameplay. This bothers a lot of people and it can be a headache. Then some will say they have never had an issue with an AMD/ATI card. Consider them lucky and in the minority.
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December 28, 2013 7:48:22 AM

Honestly, any problems you get with AMD you can get with Nvidia. I have a R9 270X and it preforms wonderful. AMD really focuses on gaming while Nvidia focasses on gaming and other programs that are GPU intencive. Like i said, it stands on your prefeence; AMD will match their ram in the gpu with the bits while nvida has it lower. Nvidia focusses on higher-end more expencive cards nowadays; while AMD focuses on price-performance in the more cheaper/lower end. That is not to say it doesn't perform well it's just a preferance.
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December 28, 2013 7:49:14 AM

This is a choice you ll have to make....
I suggest you to wait for maxwell....
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December 28, 2013 8:38:19 AM

After using Nvidia GTS 250 since 2010 and then switching to the AMD 270x in Nov. 2013 I can honestly say The NVidia experience was less troublesome. The AMD card is quieter, it doesn't speed up and down at that frantic pace or whine during heavy gaming.
(270x does have a strange 'modem connecting' squeal during Sims 3 loadscreen)
but setting it up?
I liked the use of the choices in the NVidia control panel much more. I appreciated the explanations of use and benefits of.
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December 28, 2013 8:46:17 AM

Slightly off topic but the squealing you are referring to is called "coil whine." This is a common occurrence when the GPU is pushing a bunch of frames per second (a couple hundred or more). It happens a lot on load screens where there is no graphical demands but the full power of the card is being used to render frames. It happens to me on almost every card I have owned in the past few years. Unfortunately some people get this coil whine anytime the card is in use for gaming or benchmarking. It happened to me with a GTX 760 I had. EVGA replaced it for me.

But for something like the brief period of a load screen I don't think it would be worth replacing, and chances are your replacement card would react the same.
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December 28, 2013 8:53:39 AM

stickg1 said:
Slightly off topic but the squealing you are referring to is called "coil whine." This is a common occurrence when the GPU is pushing a bunch of frames per second (a couple hundred or more). It happens a lot on load screens where there is no graphical demands but the full power of the card is being used to render frames. It happens to me on almost every card I have owned in the past few years. Unfortunately some people get this coil whine anytime the card is in use for gaming or benchmarking. It happened to me with a GTX 760 I had. EVGA replaced it for me.

But for something like the brief period of a load screen I don't think it would be worth replacing, and chances are your replacement card would react the same.

The 270x is the quietest card I've had in years. I could always count on the GTS 250 OC sounding like a van in mid winter with the choke on and the idle revved up when I turned on the PC.
Now it is whisper quiet.
Gotta give props to AMD on detail too. Refinement is obvious when in game
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December 28, 2013 9:17:30 AM

Noise all depends on the model. When it's an Add-in Board brand (MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, EVGA, etc.) it comes down to what fans they used on their cooler.

The 270X is a nice card though. It's a refined version of the 7870 which was pretty popular at it's price point. I actually owned two of those at one point.
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December 28, 2013 8:58:14 PM

stickg1 said:
Without starting a flame war here, let me just say, if you're looking for trouble free gaming with superior driver support then go for an nvidia GPU.

Now before everyone starts throwing rocks at me, look at my sig, I run a R9 290 currently. It's powerful but the drivers need work. Whenever I play a game it takes me a few minutes to get all the settings just right for smooth gameplay. This bothers a lot of people and it can be a headache. Then some will say they have never had an issue with an AMD/ATI card. Consider them lucky and in the minority.


Ok. I've heard a lot about the drivers being better for Nvidia. How about Mantle? What do you people think? Big difference?
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December 28, 2013 9:15:02 PM

Nobody knows when that will be functional. I'd rather they just fix my drivers first, lol.

But regardless, both brands have their perks. Unfortunately at this current point in time, Miners have helped inflate the prices of AMD cards negating any price/performance advantage AMD had with the 290/290x, 7970/7950, 280x/280. I paid $400 for my 290 and now they sell for over $500. I wouldn't pay more than $400 for a 290 or $300 for a 7970/280X.
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December 29, 2013 3:59:21 PM

stickg1 said:
Nobody knows when that will be functional. I'd rather they just fix my drivers first, lol.

But regardless, both brands have their perks. Unfortunately at this current point in time, Miners have helped inflate the prices of AMD cards negating any price/performance advantage AMD had with the 290/290x, 7970/7950, 280x/280. I paid $400 for my 290 and now they sell for over $500. I wouldn't pay more than $400 for a 290 or $300 for a 7970/280X.


Ok. I'm convinced about Nvidia being more reliable, but can you tell me what type of monitor (monitors if you feel like searching up more than one :D ) would allow a GTX 770 with 4GB VRAM to run at <60 FPS?
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