The time I focused only on gaming with computers, I always preferred ATI’s Radeon line over NVIDIA Geforce, mainly because they tend to be a tad more affordable. My preference changed when I started using Blender, since the ATI card I used back then tended to freeze every time I tried to change my selection in the object view (that is if I had anything more than the regular cube, point light and camera on the scene). This did NOT happen to me with my old Radeon 9600, but it started happening when I got a X1600 Pro and updated the drivers. I later replaced the X1600 Pro with the NVIDIA’s Geforce 8800GT, and it ran very smoothly. It also happened with Radeon 9600, so I think it was the newer drivers that made this happen. I also tried third party drivers but I don’t remember were they outdated and what was their name anymore.
Now that I’m going to purchase a computer of my own, I’m wondering will I be limited to the NVIDIA offerings only because of this, or is the present performance of ATI cards any better with Blender? Haven’t really tested this during the last 6 months or so. If you own an ATI card and are running Blender, feel free to pitch in any comments on your Blender performance.
Thanks for the info, if any!