Ok now that we have argued a lot on the Hardware for these 2 vendors (ATI & NVIDIA)
everyone knows that hardware is only good enuf if its software is good enuf for it.
Now lets talk about the Software/Drivers.
Please tell me who prefer the ATI Catalyst over nViDIA's Forceware (formerly Detonator) and y?
And Who prefer Forceware over the ATI Catalyst.
I own an MSI Geforce4-ti4800SE and a Gigabyte Radeon 9800 pro.
I feel the nvidia driver is missing the Vertical Sync. option under Direct 3d.
And ATI catalyst Control Panel makes problems in games when u use the up, down, left ,right keys.
Lets us see what everyone has to say here ....
what u have to say is it even. Or someone is better than the other ..???
I have only used NVidia drivers and so far have not had anything to complain about. But to be perfectly honest I can't say I ever seen any change from updating my drivers aside from the odd game not working properly intill I upgrade to the latest drivers. But I have never noticed any speed increase or any problems with the drivers.
I've owned both ATI (Radeon 64Mb Vivo, 8500 LE, 9600 Pro) and Nvidia Cards (TnT, GF2 Mx, GF2 Ti, GF3 Ti200, GF4 Ti 4200 ViVo). Currently running two computers one with a GF2 Ti and one with a BBA 9600 Pro.
IMHO Ati drivers have come a long way. With Nvidia drivers you can un-instal re-install, instal over the old ones, basically do whatever you want and they still work. Ati Drivers tend to respond better if you do a clean instal (un-instal them using the Un-installer, Unplug the Nic card, re-boot into safe mode, run driver cleaner and instal the new ones.
As far as game compatibility they both have their quirks.
I agree with rubberband. While I haven't used nvidia drivers in a LONG time, I have found that the ATI drivers have come a long way. I have had very few problems with them over time, and have found it more of a system/me issue than the drivers themselves for the most part (recent Fastwrites issue was fixed by latest MOBO BIOS, not Catalyst problem.)
I like alot of the things that ATI has added to their drivers, the single file install, the self-uninstalling, the temperature monitoring (although I haven't been able to use that yet), and the idea of the VPU recovery (which I haven't turned off since the 3.10 release), and they also added roation which is a nice feature (I've used rotated LCDs and am looking at gettting one for home). I also like the Shader effects they added, sure they're gimmicky, but they are nice for making old games come alive with renewed interest.
I do wish Hydravision was updated a little better, nV's solution is much better and actually has the support for more than 2 monitors which would be nice (a rage or early radeon PCI card ain't expensive) and I have heard of issues with the AIWs (although I'm no longer running an AIW card), but the personal cinema stuff from nV is still below ATI's level even with a revamp.
I'm happy with the current state of affairs with the Catalysts, and I'm happy that they release them fairly often to keep up with any issues they find; even if it means more work for me comparing them.
BTW, <b>rubberband</b> you don't need to unplug the NIC card, just disable the network connections if you are worried. But I have to say, you don't really need to do that either if you just X out of the windows autodetect stuff.
I've installed and uninstalled them many times, driver cleaner usually does it for me, but I don't have to if I don't want to. I've installed right over top of old many times in the past. I just use driver cleaner now so that when I go to publish values for people they aren't skewed. But I only once found it necessary to be forced to use driver cleaner and that was after a bad DNA driver install incident.
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