ATI or nVidia?


E

eq100hz

What are everyone's opinions on ATI vs. nVidia cards in a Dual Format?
I am putting together a new system and trying to get some opinions of
what others are doing out there and there pros and cons to the Dual
Video Card format and which brand they have seen better performance out
of...

Thanks in advance!
 
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M

Machete

Also...Does anyone have an opinion if I am better off to purchase (1)
512MB video card or (2) 256MB cards for a system?

I don't think I am going to be able to afford (2) 512MB cards, so I
need
to make a choice... I will only be running (2) 19" LCD's (DVI of
course).

Thoughts? TIA!
 
D

Dan

Well, after reading a review of the new x1950xtx over at hardocp.com, if you
want the highest gaming performance, that seems to be the new card to get.
Two x1950xtx in crossfire is on par or faster than 2x 7950gtx in SLI (note
that each 7950 card has 2gpus on it) so 2x7950 actually has 4gpus...

As for purchasing a 512 or 2x256meg card: the 2x256 cards only have 256meg
texture memory available in total. To be able to use these cards in sli, the
same textures must be stored by each card. Therefore the benefit comes from
having 2gpus, each rendering part of the screen. Depending on the game,
sometimes sli will be faster and sometimes a single 512meg card will be
faster.
 
M

Machete

Thanks Dan!

This is for a ACAD workstation that will be doing 3D rendering and some
occasional NLE of video for DVD usage...

I am currently going between a ATI FireGL 7300,7350 or nVidia Quadro
FX4500 or FX5500...

I have read a couple reviews of the new 1950XTX and it sounds great,
but after talking to AutoDesk's tech support, there are some issues
between ACAD 2007 and the 1950XTX since it was developed more for
gaming than 3D imaging...
 
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J

jukka

What are everyone's opinions on ATI vs. nVidia cards in a Dual Format?
I am putting together a new system and trying to get some opinions of
what others are doing out there and there pros and cons to the Dual
Video Card format and which brand they have seen better performance out
of...
Not the best value for money unless you need a dual-link dvi for higher
resolution displays. (Should the need be replaced with crave for, or
want, or similiar concept you're the Judge of that..)
 

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