View Full Version : ATi or GeForce

05-12-2008, 11:34 PM
Hey all Iím setting up some new specs for my system.

I was wondering which is better and more compatible with LightWave, ATi or GeForce (EVGA)? I was also looking at quardoís but there too expensive for me right now.

Iím still learning how to build my own system but I do have the basics down. it would be cool if you LightWavers could show your specs and maybe tell me a thing or two about what works and what doesnít.


05-13-2008, 12:03 AM
GeForce all the way. There are still problems with ATI software.

05-13-2008, 06:23 AM
i can only speak for nvidia as that is all i have ever owned/used. i have had everything from a 6600GT to an 8600GT and all have worked great for me. so there is my biased opinion haha

05-13-2008, 06:36 AM
I have been both a user of Nvidia and ATi, and I can easily say go Nvidia.
Currently using a 8600GT which is about a year old now and no problems what-so-ever.

05-13-2008, 06:38 AM

05-13-2008, 11:12 AM
Wow, I thought there would be at least one person saying ATi. I guess i'm going with the Nvidia.

05-13-2008, 11:34 AM
There's and advantage going woth nvidia. Nvidia 8000 series support CUDA, naminamiFX LW fluid plugin also supports CUDA.

05-14-2008, 10:29 AM
I've had several problems with my previous board (an ATI X1600X 512MB ....AGPx8), that I had to wait for new drivers from ATI to fix.......and then when the new ones were released, a new issue would come up. I finally switched back to Nvidia when I bought a newer Motherboard that supported all new hardware, so I could get rid of my old stuff (and possibly hand it off to my mom and dad).

05-14-2008, 10:48 AM
ati is not the best choice imo for 3d graphics apps like lightwave, maya, 3dsmax etc esp if your using open gl rather than direct x [3dsmax has open gl and direct x]

05-14-2008, 10:59 AM
Even beside that omnipresent OpenGL issue, ATI drivers are complete bloated garbage! It actually installs .NET framework just for the driver GUI, which in turn is damn slow!
And they have horrible (ie. non-existant) support for 4:3 resolution scaling on widescreen monitors!

05-14-2008, 11:04 AM
I didn't exactly buy the ATI for 3D :) It was cheap and I wasn't at all very well off when I bought it. I had a very poorly paying job, a rent that was through the roof, and I just wanted something I could afford and play some decent games with.

Thank GOD I have a better card now :)

05-14-2008, 11:07 AM

05-14-2008, 11:43 AM
I've been using ATI a long time & I have to vote for Nvidia also.
Just too many problems between LW and the drivers.

05-14-2008, 06:24 PM
I was having problems with my ATI card until the 8.x releases, which fixed them. I don't know of any problems now, but Nvidia seems the safer way to go.

05-16-2008, 02:08 PM
i woudln't even 'look' at a mac with ati...finally there's a imac with a nvidia option!
i got 'bit' with the ati poop in my g4 mac mini and so will not entertain another ati chipset in a mac or a pc in future.

05-16-2008, 03:38 PM
I used to be all ATi but I switched to nVidia. I must say the the current official drivers gave me problems and caused my CPU to run really hot. Installing the latest beta drivers fixed that though.