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After 14 years of Nvidia Gap, I gave AMD a chance – and took it immediately

This end of 2008, as a PC gamer, I’m already loyal to Nvidia when it comes to choosing a graphics card. That’s enough of that. After the prices for the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 were official, it was clear to me: It’s time to give Nvidia the pass. I also switched to AMD at short notice. And after the first few weeks I had to admit to myself: I regretted my decision.

 

AMD instead of Nvidia: stumbling block

One thousand nine hundred and forty-nine euros – that’s what Nvidia called for as an RRP a few months ago for the market launch of the RTX 4090. The RTX 4080 was almost 500 euros cheaper, but still far too expensive. PC gamers should shell out 1,469 euros for the graphics card (source: spieletipps). In the meantime, the prices have been reduced by at least 5 percent, but that doesn’t change my opinion either: Nvidia didn’t hear the shot.

The prices are beyond good and evil. The problem with the matter: Nvidia afford what. PC enthusiasts will swallow that toad, too, and begrudgingly put up with the moon prices. Do this I finally got the faxes thick – and also despite being loyal to Nvidia for over 14 years.

An Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT was already at work in my computer in 2008, and a few years later I assembled a new PC. This time a GeForce GTX 770 powered my monitors, which was later replaced by a GTX 980 Ti. And finally it was better than the vision of years that it’s not good for me, it’s better than ever and we had a good RTX 2080 SUPER which is very good.

The Nvidia graphics card is slowly reaching its limits – at least when I want to play current games with high graphics settings in WQHD resolution and 144 Hz. It’s time for a GPU upgrade! And since Nvidia’s pricing policy disgusted me to the max at that point, the decision was clear: I’m switching to the competition and getting an AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX.

AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX: The graphics card drama is taking its course

Thanks to the delivery bottleneck, I only held my reference model of the RX 7900 XTX in my hands about a month after my order and could hardly wait to install the new graphics card in my computer and try it out. Not only because of my anticipation, but also because Because I was already feeling bad.

Because shortly after the release of the RX 7900 XTX, hardware expert Roman Hartung (der8auer) discovered that the reference models of the RX 7900 XTX had a problem with some fees. Most recently, the card’s HotSpot temperature reached an impressive 110 degrees within a few minutes and eventually reaches its limit. The result: The clock rate is throttled slightly, which also There is always a negative impact on performance Cap. Additionally, such high temperatures can also adversely affect the durability of the card. Meet other words: It is a hardware defect.

And lo and behold: After about 10 minutes in Modern Warfare 2, my card also reaches the 110 degree mark. Fog.

Dealer is cross: “No direct exchange possible”

Was a nun? A refund is out of the question for me at this point, since the purchase price of my RX 7900 XTX has now increased by 100 euros. It’s probably possible to connect the defective graphics card to a working model of the same kind, isn’t it?

It turns out: No, that’s not possible – at least not with my dealer, who should remain anonymous here. Reason given by support: When paying by PayPal, no direct exchange is possible. Thanks for nothing. After all, after about two weeks of back and forth with customer support, I was offered an exchange – but too late for me.

I’ve already decided at this point that I won’t take the risk of another defect again. Instead, I ordered a cheap custom model for the same price. The reference card goes back. So the bottom line is that this drama didn’t cost me anything – except maybe my nerves. Which brings me to the last point.

After the AMD disaster: Would you rather go back to Nvidia?

To be honest, no. The misery with the AMD reference card was an incredibly stressful annoyance, but even that doesn’t change my current attitude. Nvidia lost me as a customer even if they have the edge in ray tracing and DLSS.

In my opinion, the asking prices are a bad joke – and I hope that many PC gamers will see it the same way and refrain from buying it. Because the bottom line is that only one factor WILL make Nvidia drop prices: poor sales figures.

, After 14 years of Nvidia Gap, I gave AMD a chance – and took it immediately

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