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What is the worth buying of a GPU]? AMD or Nvidia? What's the best gpu for gaming and playing high-end games? Tell me why if you have the answer. Thank you. :)
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  1. Until Vega makes a showing, Nvidia holds the high end in gfx cards for now. And hot mid-range cards like the RX-580/480 are scarce as hens teeth right now thanks to the bitcoin miners.
  2. Honestly, this debate has been said too many times. This thread will go on and on. As clutchc said, there is no need for asking which card to get. It depends on what games you play, what resolution, what monitor, what's your budget. If you want the 4K experience get the 1080 Ti. If you want a budget friendly, get he GTX 1050 Ti or RX 470.

    It's a good time to be a gamer, and this debate could go on and on and on.
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    Hi -
    I think you're going to get a number of answers along the lines of, "it depends."
    What games do you want to play? How high do you want the resolution? How high do you want the frame rate? What CPU are you using? What is your budget?

    As to NVIDIA vs. AMD, I've always bought NVIDIA and never had any problems. That said, I think both are good, and you'll find lots of folks on this board who have used both successfully.

    I've also always been "budget bound," cutting myself off at a given price point. I've never been able to get the card I really wanted, but I've also never been disappointed playing any of my games. But then again, I'm a "yesterday's games on tomorrow's hardware" kind guy. :)

    If you can tell us more about what you want to do with the card, we can probably give you a more targeted answer.

    Hope this helps.
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  4. Not directly relevant to your question but If you ever want to do 3D CGI rendering on the GPU then NVidia is the way to go at the moment. Most of the realtime 3D rendering engines that support GPU rendering have better support for CUDA on NVidia rather than OpenCL which AMD target. It could all change when Vega comes out though. Personally NVidia always seems to be one step ahead at the premium end. AMD seem to rule if if you have a limited budget.
  5. GeoffCoope said:
    Not directly relevant to your question but If you ever want to do 3D CGI rendering on the GPU then NVidia is the way to go at the moment. Most of the realtime 3D rendering engines that support GPU rendering have better support for CUDA on NVidia rather than OpenCL which AMD target. It could all change when Vega comes out though. Personally NVidia always seems to be one step ahead at the premium end. AMD seem to rule if if you have a limited budget.


    I agree with this, but it seem Apple think OpenCL will be future as they are using AMD cards in the new Macs
  6. Also they said AMD sucks so much? And that their gpu breaks fast? Was that true or just a hoax?
  7. MegaBlissLoader said:
    Also they said AMD sucks so much? And that their gpu breaks fast? Was that true or just a hoax?


    Definitely a hoax. Wouldn't consider a shortage as something that sucks or breaks fast.
  8. Herc08 said:
    GeoffCoope said:
    Not directly relevant to your question but If you ever want to do 3D CGI rendering on the GPU then NVidia is the way to go at the moment. Most of the realtime 3D rendering engines that support GPU rendering have better support for CUDA on NVidia rather than OpenCL which AMD target. It could all change when Vega comes out though. Personally NVidia always seems to be one step ahead at the premium end. AMD seem to rule if if you have a limited budget.


    I agree with this, but it seem Apple think OpenCL will be future as they are using AMD cards in the new Macs


    Yeah, I was gutted at that announcement. Apple tried to promote OpenCL in 2013 with the Mac Pro (cylindrical) which I bought a dual AMD D700. OpenCL was marketed as a major selling point with accelerated compute in 3D and post production. 7+ teraflops of compute power those cards had. Annoyingly It never took off, it was all hype. Apple hardly ever updated their AMD drivers for both OSX and Bootcamp and I have no idea why AMD dragged their feet investing in OpenCl. Software companies mostly just gave up and switched to the more established CUDA frameworks. However macOS itself is accelerated by OpenCL and certain packages partially support accelerated features in apps like Final-Cut Pro but I will not fall for OpenCL over CUDA again. I will just buy cheaper Mac's until they start to support NVidia again. I won't even mention VR :) Even Blender Foundation had to employ somebody from AMD to work on writing their GPU Rendering code for them this last year. It is that complicated.

    Personally, I am a Nvidia fan now, largely due to the above.
  9. If you live in a cold palce, Please amd, i live in the highlands on my country is pretty cold here and calefaction is isnt exacetly cheap like electricity. So a crossfire of r9 390x or even just a single go to do the funcion of heater, Nvidia is generally better in terms of drivers, supports AND TDP. Amd has more horsepower bud bad optimization in most cases, and dx12.
  10. Might as well go with Nvidia. Any AMD cards RX-470/570 and up are impossible to find except at badly inflated prices thanks to the miners. Even the lower-end cards are higher priced now than before. Nvidia has the gaming market to itself right now.
  11. Herc08 said:
    GeoffCoope said:
    Not directly relevant to your question but If you ever want to do 3D CGI rendering on the GPU then NVidia is the way to go at the moment. Most of the realtime 3D rendering engines that support GPU rendering have better support for CUDA on NVidia rather than OpenCL which AMD target. It could all change when Vega comes out though. Personally NVidia always seems to be one step ahead at the premium end. AMD seem to rule if if you have a limited budget.


    I agree with this, but it seem Apple think OpenCL will be future as they are using AMD cards in the new Macs


    isn't that OpenCL originally invented by Apple? they just give the right to Khronos group to further develop it. but it seems right now Apple is more invested with their proprietary compute API Metal ala Microsoft DirectX/Direct Compute.
  12. GeoffCoope said:
    Herc08 said:
    GeoffCoope said:
    Not directly relevant to your question but If you ever want to do 3D CGI rendering on the GPU then NVidia is the way to go at the moment. Most of the realtime 3D rendering engines that support GPU rendering have better support for CUDA on NVidia rather than OpenCL which AMD target. It could all change when Vega comes out though. Personally NVidia always seems to be one step ahead at the premium end. AMD seem to rule if if you have a limited budget.


    I agree with this, but it seem Apple think OpenCL will be future as they are using AMD cards in the new Macs


    Yeah, I was gutted at that announcement. Apple tried to promote OpenCL in 2013 with the Mac Pro (cylindrical) which I bought a dual AMD D700. OpenCL was marketed as a major selling point with accelerated compute in 3D and post production. 7+ teraflops of compute power those cards had. Annoyingly It never took off, it was all hype. Apple hardly ever updated their AMD drivers for both OSX and Bootcamp and I have no idea why AMD dragged their feet investing in OpenCl. Software companies mostly just gave up and switched to the more established CUDA frameworks. However macOS itself is accelerated by OpenCL and certain packages partially support accelerated features in apps like Final-Cut Pro but I will not fall for OpenCL over CUDA again. I will just buy cheaper Mac's until they start to support NVidia again. I won't even mention VR :) Even Blender Foundation had to employ somebody from AMD to work on writing their GPU Rendering code for them this last year. It is that complicated.

    Personally, I am a Nvidia fan now, largely due to the above.


    software ecosystem have never been AMD strong point. even before they go OpenCL way they did try pushing their proprietary compute API called Stream and it goes nowhere. this is my opinion but i think AMD have tendencies not wanting to spend their own resource for certain things and just hope for software company to pick up the pace. they just provide the hardware and base software need for the hardware to work then leave for third party to figure it out the rest. this probably influenced by the fact they are CPU company. in the past intel/AMD just develop the hardware and the rest it is up to software company to take advantage that hardware. i think AMD try to do something similar with GPU but the thing is nvidia is very aggressive on the software side. AMD finally change their way but by the time they do so nvidia software ecosystem already deep rooted in many professional application. nvidia don't always have the best hardware but because of their robust software ecosystem their hardware are chosen in many build. just look at top500 list.
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