Ive had for last 5 years a AMD card in my rig(5870-6970-7970 and now 290x) and never had any problems. First days i got problems with my 290x but i just changed back to 13.12 and all ok. Sticking a 290x on 1st or second gen mother board maybe also reason why some have troubles? Got myself a ivy bridge and works fine. I remember btw many times seeing nvidia guys complaining about drivers and there troubles running games so what your saying is BS about AMD. AMD cards are awesome for nice price(not way overpriced) nuff said.