Originally Posted by Beamer
I stand by my earlier posting, if you have a high quality setup with a big screen AMD simply beats Nvidia for plain video quality. Try installing each card and simply look at white characters on your screen. The picture with all my Nvidia cards of which I have four 6600, 6600GT, 8600 & 440GT shows a very light grey rather than white. I have an AMD 4650, 2 x4670 & 5670 and they all show true white, at least true to the default on both my Pioneer plasma and Sony 90ES PJ.
As mentioned earlier, I really have no idea why the AMD picture is so much better! Frankly the Nvidia card was so much easier to setup out of the box I would have loved to stay with the card, unfortunately neither my partner or I could live with it and so I am back with my AMD 5670 in spite of not being able to decode the latest BBC HD transmissions with the latest drivers (The Nvidia decoded just fine)
So I hope you can see I really could have benefited from staying with the Nvidia 440 card but the image quality just di not hack it.
As for the Nvidia 440 needing GDDR5, mine is a DDR3 and the GPU never seems to exceed 55% whatever I throw at it!
Thanks Beamer...the main issue I have with AMD..is the drivers
it can be a real lottery as to which ones work.
I am using 11.5a...and as I said I get occasional driver failure
..where the screen goes black and it then eventually
rescues itself(the driver) ...the picture returns
and it tells you there was a driver problem
...seems related to flash somehow in my case
...and then earlier ones(10.XX had issues with HDMI HD audio)
plus they seem to come out every month...
and mainly seem related to improving game performance.
So I have an Nvidia GT 220 and it doesnt even have latest driver
and works very nicely (good picture displaying on my Sony LCD TV).
Cant say I noticed the issue of grey characters versus white...
but now you have mentioned it ..I will take note
So I do get good picture with the 4670 as well...
but now I have the GTX 550 ...we will see how it with
MadVR ..compares with my existing 4670 setup.