Gamers are getting rid of their Radeon cards due to driver issues

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  1. Felix_Argyle

    Felix_Argyle Notebook Consultant

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    Sure I'm game, I didn't have any issues with my RX580 in my server. Having said that, I do prefer NVIDIA drivers even though they come loaded with tons of bloatware and crap (but you can get around that with some work). Oh and NVIDIA's limiting of video transcoding on "consumer" cards is total crap too, AMD doesn't do that.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    In the dozens of cards I've owned over the last two decades, I can count the number of positive experiences I've had with AMD/ATI cards on one hand. With others, the opposite is true. Even when 3dfx was in decline, I never had major issues with their drivers.

    There's only really one AMD shill around here, and you're going to get a wall of text as a reply.
     
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    The HD4670 was a GREAT card. I think that was the last ATI/AMD card I bought.... Oh right I had a laptop with a 5730 in it.. it was OK...
     
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    The only problem I ever encountered which could be potentially traced to the drivers was with Acer's PH517-61 desktop grade Vega 56 after version 19.5.2, and that was with the static noise appearing on the display every time the laptop would be brought out of sleep (which could only be remedied by restarting the laptop).

    Apart from that 1 problem after 19.5.2. version, the drivers never crashed, nor gave me issues with performance in any games, there were no black screens, colorized screens, BSOD's or any other issues people reported on Reddit (though I did have to RMA the Acer unit because of a failed motherboard BIOS flash which the repair team couldn't fix in any appreciable amount of time and they didn't have any replacement units as the model was discontinued).

    My RX 580 in a previous GL702ZC laptop (whose motherboard kept getting fried because Asus botched the cooling design) also ran flawlessly (drivers were running great, again, no crashes, no BSOD's, no black screens, or any other problems).

    So, apart from having a bad experience with laptop manufacturers, their questionable design implementations and lack of contingencies for failed BIOS flashes, I can't say I had any particular problems with AMD drivers (considering the circumstances) apart from the static noise issue which was more of an annoyance than a real problem (and avoidable by setting Windows to Hybernate instead of going to sleep).

    I also helped set-up an all AMD PC for a friend of mine last year using B450, Ryzen 2700 and RX 570 (system is running fine on latest GPU drivers and he has no issues whatsoever).
     
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    yrekabakery Notebook Virtuoso

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    Remind me again, which of those GPUs are Navi?
     
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    Papusan JOKEBOOKs Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on FILTHY

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    From OP's article...

    "Nvidia went through a fair share of teething issues with Turing, but we think it’s fair to say they went on top of any major issues very quickly. AMD, on the other hand, has had seven months to sort out Navi, and by the looks of it, they just haven’t been able to deliver. We’ve received countless reports of crashing, flickering issues, and of course, the black screen bug"
     
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    Doesn't matter.
    I was responding to the OP who made a comment about 'bad drivers' from ATI and AMD in general.
    And also, many Navi users (including official reviewers) don't have the said problems (they minimised the chances of those happening by following some common sense when installing the new hw - which most people who report these problems haven't done - and for those who did, they actually managed to solve their issues).

    I'm not saying a certain % of people who have AMD cards won't have problems, but the issue is ridiculously blown out of proportion where some blindly think NV don't have any problems (which is definitely not the case).
    So, why aren't NV driver woes being blown out of proportion like AMD's?

    What, are everyone who says their Navi cards function fine and don't have problems (including reviewers) going to be called 'liars' now?
    Or are people going to stop with pointless remarks and actually try to TROUBLESHOOT the problems?
     
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    I feel we should have a shill lookout protocol here. My favorite is 80mb/s Q1T1 nvme test that no one seems to be able to get :vbrolleyes:
     
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    I don't know your needs for video transcoding but I have used Nvidia cards for streaming using OBS on Twitch and I also used them for video transcoding for camera surveillance software NVR. At least Nvidia provides an option to use NVENC for those cases. AMD does not provide any.

    I am sorry but I am afraid your own personal experience is absolutely irrelevant. The article itself points out that the authors did not experience major issues with their Radeon cards but they themselves point out several examples where a lot of users did have issues with the drivers of AMD cards, much more than Nvidia drivers. AMD themselves also confirmed that issues do exist. The article comments section also has many examples of people having issues with AMD drivers. BoB of All Trades has made a video pointing out the issues with Radeon drivers on laptops and pointing out the fact that issues with Nvidia drivers are not as frequent.
     
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