Originally Posted by AxiomofIllusion
They are more stable in both DirectX and OpenGL. ATI just happens to be more optimised for DirectX. But ATI can't touch nVIDIA in OpenGL. Thus you bought an expensive card that got ten less fps then your buddy with a 9800 because you didn't do your homework. Fire up any high end 3d app and that card would kick the crap out of an ATI. I'm sorry that your bitter about buying a card that didn't suit your needs, that doesn't make them junk. They far exceed ATI in a lot of important ways. nVIDIA cards will pull things in high end CAD that will leave an ATI hanging and begging for a reboot.
I'm not trying to get you to like nVIDIA I'm just trying to point out the difference between expressing your opinion and flat out trashing something with an unbased argument.
You're one of the only people that would say that stuff. Dare I use the term "fanboy"?
I bought the 5900U and sold it 1-2 months later for an ATI 9800 Pro and haven't looked back. I did homework before I got the 5900U, I always do before a purchase, but I decided to give nVidia a shot since they didn't do wrong with the previous Geforce cards. Boy was I wrong. It was MORE than 10fps difference. I whooped my 3DMark03 & Aquamark score easily by upgrading to the 9800 Pro. And what about the cheating nVidia used....how sad.
OpenGL? Well nVidia has a very small edge in that, but name the games that use it. The gap between nVidia & ATI in regards to OpenGL is small enough not to care. DX9 has a bigger gap that does matter (initial tests of HL2 beta, Tomb Raider, AquaMark and more proved this). I've tried the Doom3 alpha (OpenGL) on both the 5900U and 9800 Pro (same system) and they ran equally if not better on the ATI.
Now if all I was doing was CAD or Major 3D applications, then maybe I'd stick with nVidia. But my job is not in those fields, its in IT (hardware, software, network, etc). And my main use with a $500 video card is gaming. I do have my eye on the new 6800, but so far its not even shipping and its only advantage is the PS3.0, which nothing uses and probably won't for another year. Not to mention that PS3.0 is mostly performance gains for PS2.0. And even then, ATI still fought back and narrowly won with the X800 cards (for which the reviews were released 2 weeks later and its already shipping).
BTW, please don't assume I'm a computer noob (I get this impression from you by your comment of "didn't do your homework"). I've been using computers for a LONG time. Infact I built my first one by myself with no help over 10 years ago. Its been my main hobby/job for over 8 years.