ATI vs Nvidia graphics cards
If you're a gamer, it's all about graphics quality. The best graphics card produces the best image quality - vital if you're immersing yourself in a shoot
â€˜em up or an MMORPG scenario. Even if your applications are a little more serious such as CAD auto programming or graphics packages, your
work will only be as good as the tools you use. The proliferation of high quality graphics cards have given the discerning PC user plenty of scope for
upgrading and the two most popular suppliers have been ATI and Nvidia. But which is better?
Nvidia - cutting edge graphic tech
Nvidia rocked the graphics world last year with its introduction of a dual 3D-card SLI set up. But an SLI setup requires a motherboard upgrade, high
voltage power supply and two identical SLI graphics cards. All pretty high tech stuff, and not for the uninitiated. Thankfully, both Nvidia and ATI supply
a range of graphics cards to suit all pockets, all levels of technical competence and all types of requirements. Take that latest buzzword, 3D. You don't
have to go down the dual SLI route to achieve a 3D effect. Nvidia has products that will have you ducking incoming fire or zooming through the
blue-tinged world of Avatar in glorious 3D. ATI, although not 3D ready just yet, are working hard to get their cards 3D-capable and bring them to
market. However, 3D ready cards are going to require a hefty investment of several hundred pounds. If you're a committed gamer then that may seem
like small change, but for sporadic gamers or those who merely want better graphics without the 3D bells and whistles, it might seem a bit steep when
compared to other graphics cards on the market.
For those who have invested in the latest Windows 7 package with DirectX 11, both ATI and Nvidia have graphics cards to complement. The ATI 5000
series and Nvidia's 400 series are all DirectX 11 compatible and provide gamers with exceptional quality graphics, quick frame speeds and
multi-screen gaming capabilities on the very latest cards.
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