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    Default Upgrading Gaming GPUs

    Which is preferred, nVidia or AMD these days? I have a few nVidia I want to upgrade but trying to figure if I should wait and switch to AMDs new Navi, rumored to be out mid year.

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    Depends on your budget, resolution and how you will future proof your system. I have a 1080 screen right now so my next purchase would be to future proof for a 1440 screen...likely AMD.
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    Nvidia still holding the top spot for most powerful energy efficient cards, but AMD is more affordable with majority of their lineups and they support freesync which is good if you can get a decent freesync monitor as well.
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    Look for performance per dollar and ignore brand name.
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    I've always been nVidia, from the 750Ti (way back when) up to 1070Ti (current). I've had a good run with nVidia, bang for buck, and no major driver/firmware issues (knock on wood). I had to draw brakes on upgrading to the 1080Ti a while back - price was ridiculous. Humbled myself then, and now looking if it is at all feasible to make a move. I'm good with my current gaming habit (CoD) plus the CUDA apps are comfortable. My 3 screens are 1080 too.

    Quote Originally Posted by BNOVA View Post
    Depends on your budget, resolution and how you will future proof your system. I have a 1080 screen right now so my next purchase would be to future proof for a 1440 screen...likely AMD.

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    With the cost of electricity, I gotta keep energy efficiency in mind. Currently, my system can pull > 500W OC'd during any gaming session (i7 7700K, 32GB DDR4 HyperX, 1070Ti), like a dang heater when it ready. Luckily, I don't have as much time to game these days - work gets in the way. If we just looking at performance, AMD would win on cost. JPS is my bigger concern.

    Quote Originally Posted by Powpow View Post
    Nvidia still holding the top spot for most powerful energy efficient cards, but AMD is more affordable with majority of their lineups and they support freesync which is good if you can get a decent freesync monitor as well.
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    I once thought like that, and lately I may have become somewhat of a loyalist. eg. I enjoyed the using the STRIX 1060 6GB with no issues, so I went to STRIX 1070Ti on a Black Friday deal, even though AMD RX480 was on sale at a lower price.

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    I guess you could wait on 7nm from either AMD or NVidia. Do you know if Nvidia fixed a bug on some of their graphics card where some models use more power than expected in a Multi Monitor setup?
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    Still there AFAIK @ 144Hz with 3 monitors. Workaround is to use 120Hz Refresh Rate (or less monitors).

    Quote Originally Posted by BNOVA View Post
    I guess you could wait on 7nm from either AMD or NVidia. Do you know if Nvidia fixed a bug on some of their graphics card where some models use more power than expected in a Multi Monitor setup?

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