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Old October 10, 2011, 09:48 AM
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For similarly priced graphics card offering from Radeon and GeForce, are there any advantages for one compared to the other when it comes to gaming?

I;m asking the question because motherboards that support crossfireX seem to be cheaper than the same model of motherboard supporting SLI
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Old October 10, 2011, 10:02 AM
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Loaded question. In really short: depends on the game, mostly. Nvidia might just charge more for licensing.
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Old October 10, 2011, 10:16 AM
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There's a licensing fee for nVidia, there isn't for CrossfireX. Don't read anything into that regarding performance though. 6000 series Crossfire seems to scale much better than SLI, fwih.
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is there an advantage running the Radeon on AMD CPU or it would perform the same as when paired with an intel i5?
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Old October 13, 2011, 08:30 PM
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Buy AMD, be prepared for driver headaches and very slow game compatibility.
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Old October 13, 2011, 09:16 PM
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You know
as far as I can recall I have not had driver issues with my ATI cards.. (though one of them had it's 2D clocks too low for it's own good)
as far as I can recall I have not had driver issues with my nvidia cards.. ( http://poopr.org/images/hgwl7ap3wx4rm2t8tuj3.jpg lolz?)

Granted, I have not run SLI or Crossfire, but regardless of what you go with, sometimes CF is buggery or SLI is buggery.

I would suggest just buying what fits your budget and performs the way you want and in the manner you want.

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I would like to add that both companies have had many scandals in the past and will in the future, it is not a one-sided thing.

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Old October 13, 2011, 09:39 PM
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Apple vs Orange.


For normal user you don't really need to be concern about sli/cfx.

Just get a board and a nvidia card for gaming.
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Old October 14, 2011, 01:29 AM
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Go with NVIDIA, stick with team Green for the win!
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Old October 14, 2011, 08:15 AM
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As other posters have pointed out, just get the best single card you can afford. SLI/Xfire when it works is great, but when it doesn't its quite a hassle. As far as the choice of brand is concerned, I would just look to the reviews to find a card that offers the best bang for your buck. Nvidia is usually a great choice, but you can't go wrong by getting an AMD card.
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Old October 14, 2011, 08:18 AM
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Buy AMD, be prepared for driver headaches and very slow game compatibility.
And your CF suddenly being lost when they upgrade Catalyst.....

I would vote nVidia in this case. I loved the 5XXX series from ATI, but their 6XXX series are worth looking the other way for.

Grab what nVidia card is in your budget and be done,

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