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AMD vs NVIDIA
One thing people almost always ask about when gaming computers come up in discussion is “AMD or NVIDIA?”. These are the two companies that have been making graphics processors for decades now (AMD having bought ATI) and there are fans on both sides of the fence, as well as users who just prefer whatever works best or is the most cost effective at the time.
Here are results from some of the top-end cards that each company has to offer currently. We’ve got the GeForce GTX Titan 6GB from NVIDIA, which is technically not quite as fast as the newer GTX 780 Ti and Titan Black models… but is still very, very fast. Facing off with that we have the AMD Radeon R9 295X, which has two GPUs on a single card. Each has 4GB of memory and is about equal to the R9 290X single-GPU cards. Since it is up against a single GPU card from NVIDIA, we turned off the second GPU in this initial test. Here are the results:
At 1920x1080 the NVIDIA GTX Titan clearly wins on average frame rate, by a pretty wide margin. Minimum frame rates are pretty close between the two cards, though, so at least the AMD graphics chip isn't dropping too low at any point. I should note that AMD's loss here does not appear to be related to video memory. I checked GPUz, and it was showing about 3GB of the Radeon's memory in use during this test.
At 4K both cards struggle, and while the game was still surprisingly more fluid than I would have expected for such low results I could definitely feel the difference, and it made combat difficult compared to the 30fps+ average at the lower resolution. I will say, though, that this game looks *amazing* at 4K. Hopefully as it is optimized during development and as newer video cards come out we will see single-GPU solutions capable of playing it at higher frame rates.
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