Flamebait Friday Debate: AMD or Nvidia?

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Kepler, SLI, Crossfire, CUDA, OpenCL, Eyefinity, 3D Vision Surround, GeForce, Radeon…these confusing terms could mean nothing to you; or as so, so many of you are dyed-in-the-wool hardcore Pc gamers, they could well define your existence. Back in 2006, CPU maker AMD snapped up ATi, taking over the brand, setting it up for greatness – while Nvidia is responsible for ushering in the GPU age with its GeForce 256.

It’s been a game of one-upmanship between the two companies since the days of the Nvidia’s Riva TNT and AT’s Rage – but they’ve each settled in to a niche. AMD’s goal is to offer you the most bang for your buck instead of ultimate performance. This comes, sometimes, at a cost; AMD’s driver support is perhaps a little slower than the competition. Nvidia, on the other hand, aims for the bleeding edge, with great driver support – but you’ll pay through your nostrils for their top end products.

The question is…which do you favour?

(Ps: Don’t feel left out, consolites; Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is ATi/AMD powered, while the PlayStation3 runs off Nvidia graphics hardware)

Last Updated: July 20, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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