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Pros and Cons of Both NVidia and AMD ATI?

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May 27, 2012 7:38:30 PM

Out of curiosity, I was wondering what all the abilities (Pros and Cons) both the NVidia and AMD ATI GPU's hold.
Can anyone tell me the benefits and the downsides of each card?
May 27, 2012 8:00:42 PM

Which cards exactly are you talking about?

Reviews will generally give you the pros and cons of a card. TechPowerUp does this explicitly in the conclusion of their reviews... you may want to check out their site to get an at-a-glance performance comparison of cards and the pros/cons of a particular model.
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a c 412 Î Nvidia
a c 158 À AMD
May 27, 2012 8:47:54 PM

They are exactly the same, for the most part, except Nvidia cards can do PhysX, while AMD cards can't.

The other difference will be in the drivers and the settings/technology offered. In driver settings, there are some different antialiasing settings for each. Only Nvidia cards can force Ambient Occlusion. Only Nvidia cards offer Adaptive VSync.

In the latest generation cards, AMD offers Graphics Core Neutral, which entirely turns off the GPU when not in use (when the monitor is off). Nvidia's latest cards offer Turbo Boost, which self-overclocks the GPU by dynamically increasing clock speeds and voltages when a game allows it.

There's a few other things here and there, but that's pretty much it.
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May 27, 2012 9:02:23 PM

17seconds said:
They are exactly the same, for the most part, except Nvidia cards can do PhysX, while AMD cards can't.

The other difference will be in the drivers and the settings/technology offered. In driver settings, there are some different antialiasing settings for each. Only Nvidia cards can force Ambient Occlusion. Only Nvidia cards offer Adaptive VSync.

In the latest generation cards, AMD offers Graphics Core Neutral, which entirely turns off the GPU when not in use (when the monitor is off). Nvidia's latest cards offer Turbo Boost, which self-overclocks the GPU by dynamically increasing clock speeds and voltages when a game allows it.

There's a few other things here and there, but that's pretty much it.


Well, the two most glaring omissions I see here are nVidia's 3D vision and AMD's multimonitor support. But it would be easier if we knew your budget and what specifically you are looking to do with the card.
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