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ATI vs. NVidia


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Anyone got any opinions they would like to share? (this is for gaming purposes btw)

If it's not to much could you recommend some mediocre cards, and if possible a card from the opposing side with similar capabilities.
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In no way Did I create this list. I found it on my favorite Overclocking site Overclock.net.

This was the final product of 38 pages of input from the entire community. The cards Go from of coarse Best to worst as it goes down the list. Keep in mind that is NOT my list or my exact beliefs but rather on average which card is better. Please don't complain to me if you think your X1950GT beats my 7900GS or whatever. I myself don't even fully agree with this list as my 7900GS overclocked beats an X1950PRO overclocked but hey these are on average.

* HD3870 X2
8800Ultra
8800GTX
8800GTS 512MB (G92 Revision)
8800GT 512MB
HD2900XT 1GB
HD2900Pro 1GB
HD3870 512MB
HD2900XT 512MB
HD2900Pro 512MB
8800GTS 640MB
HD3850 512MB
8800GT 256MB
8800GTS 320MB
7950GX2
HD 3850 256MB
X1950XTX
X1900XTX
X1950XT
X1900XT 512MB
7900GTX
X1900XT 256MB
7900GTO
7800GTX 512MB
7950GT
X1950Pro 512MB
X1950Pro 256MB
7900GT 512MB
8600GTS
X1800XT 512MB
7900GT 256MB
X1800XT 256MB
X1900GT
X1950GT
8600GT
X1900GT Rev2
7800GTX 256MB
7900GS
7800GT
X1800XL
7800GS
X1800GTO
HD2600XT
X1650XT
7600GT
HD2600Pro
X850XT/XTPE
X800XT/XTPE
6800Ultra/EE
6800GT
6800GS
X800XL
X850Pro
X800pro
X800GTO/GTO2
8500GT
X1650Pro
X1600XT
7600GS
HD2400XT
X800
6800
X800GT
7300GT
X1300XT
X1600Pro
8400GS
6800XT/LE
6600GT
HD2400Pro
X700Pro
9800XT
5950Ultra
9800Pro
5900Ultra
9700Pro
5800Ultra
9800
9800SE 256bit
S3 Chrome S27
X700
9700
5900
5800
X1300Pro
6600
5900XT
X600XT
TI4800
TI4600
9600XT
TI4800SE
X1550
X1300
5700Ultra
9500Pro
9800SE 128bit
X600
9600Pro
TI4400
9500
6600LE
X1300SE
5700
7300GS
9600
7100GS
6200
TI4200
X550
5600
5600XT
9550
9600SE
7300LE
5500
X1050
X300
7300SE
9550SE
9200Pro
9000Pro
Matrox Parhelia
8500Pro
GeForce3 TI500
8500
8500LE
5200Ultra
9200
9250
GeForce4 MX460
5200
9000
9200SE
GeForce3
GeForce3 TI200
GeForce4 MX 440
7500
GeForce2 Ultra
GeForce2 GTS
GeForce4 MX 420
Radeon (later renamed Radeon 7200)
GeForce 256 DDR
Voodoo5 5500
GeForce2 MX 400
GeForce 256
Savage 2000
GeForce2 MX
Radeon VE (later renamed Radeon 7000)
Voodoo4 4500
Matrox G400
TNT2
Rage128 Pro
Voodoo3
TNT
Rage128
Savage 4
Matrox G200
Riva128
Intel i740
Rage3D Pro
Voodoo Banshee
Voodoo2
Riva
Rage3D
VooDoo1


This was posted over at Tech Fourms.net by Sora who didn't write it but took it from Overclock.net.

Anyways this gives you a good Idea of how the graphics cards line up performance wise. At the moment Nvidia is definitely ahead of ATI in terms of performance however it depends on your budget since ATIs' cards have a better "bang for you buck" in general, at least till what I have followed.

Edited by Suerte, 19 February 2008 - 12:58 PM.

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Thank you very much for finding this. :) I'll look into it :)
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Giving us a budget would be your best bet. If it's just video playback I'd go with ATI as their video quality tends to be a bit better.
Both nVidia and ATI are great manufacturers for gaming, unless you give us some kind of a budget, it's difficult to suggest a company, let alone a model.

That chart that was posted above is good but I believe there are a few things that aren't in their appropriate place. Again, those charts will vary depending on what game you are playing and what resolutions.
James

Edited by james_8970, 19 February 2008 - 01:30 PM.

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Thanks James but i really just wanted to get a perspective on the performace comparisons and this chart gives me an overall idea, i'm looking to see whats available on local trading sites (ie. Craigs list). I don't really like to buy things new, I find i can save alot of money by buying components used and under "top notch"

Edited by 41600, 19 February 2008 - 01:35 PM.

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A major fallacy of the list suerte posted is that it doesn't include SLI or Crossfire configurations. For example, two 8800GT 512MB cards can be had for cheaper than the HD3870X2 and they will outperform it in most situations.
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A major fallacy of the list suerte posted is that it doesn't include SLI or Crossfire configurations. For example, two 8800GT 512MB cards can be had for cheaper than the HD3870X2 and they will outperform it in most situations.


Thanks for pointing that out. So now my question is, should i look into maybe an average sli config if i can find it? would it serve the same way, dual channel memory vs single channel (i hope this analogy makes sense)
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Not quite. It's very hard to make direct comparisons between different technologies because most work in very different ways. For info on SLI, you can read up on it here.

It's important to note that in most cases SLI and Crossfire are not worth the price. It is only in a few cases where it makes sense to utilize these technologies, as the performance gains are never 100% compared to just one card. So, if by getting an "average SLI config" you meant SLIing two average cards, like 8600GTs together, I would not recommend doing this. You could get one 9600GT or 8800GT which would give much greater performance for about the same price.
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Not quite. It's very hard to make direct comparisons between different technologies because most work in very different ways. For info on SLI, you can read up on it here.

It's important to note that in most cases SLI and Crossfire are not worth the price. It is only in a few cases where it makes sense to utilize these technologies, as the performance gains are never 100% compared to just one card. So, if by getting an "average SLI config" you meant SLIing two average cards, like 8600GTs together, I would not recommend doing this. You could get one 9600GT or 8800GT which would give much greater performance for about the same price.



Ok thanks for the clarification. I think i got a grasp of this now.
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Also remember that Crossfire seems to scale better meaning a better performance gain, although still not worth they money. Like stettybet0 said, the list doesn't include SLI or crossfire configurations, but it should give you a rough idea of how things play out, also note that the list above was listed on a overclocking site originally so it may be that some of the cards are ranked higher than others due to their overclocking ability.
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