AMD vs Nvidia – Which Graphics Cards Are Better In 2023?
Whether you are new to the PC building or you have been a part of it for some time, the one consistent thing is that you will see the fights between AMD and Nvidia happening all the time.
While one could chalk it off as a friendly competition like Samsung and Apple enjoy, a lot of people take this seriously.
It does not matter which side you are picking when it comes to AMD vs. Nvidia, but one thing is for certain, there is always a clear winner.
This is not something where the victor is ambiguous, because you are comparing graphic cards, and numbers do speak for themselves.
I have decided to pitch in and see how far the fight goes and which one emerges over the other one. I am already aware of the company that is going to win, but for argument’s sake, I am entertaining this.
When you are talking about AMD, they enjoy a more diverse product portfolio as opposite to Nvidia, to be honest.
Especially with their Ryzen series of processors that have been giving tough competition to Intel for years now, and AMD does not show any signs of slowing down, either. So, that is certainly a good thing, to begin with.
Their graphic cards, however, are great for mid-range offerings, but the same cannot be said about the higher-end offering that wants to compete with what Nvidia has been doing for years.
This is why AMD’s market share in the GPU market is not as big as Nvidia, and while the GPUs are good, they simply are not able to compete on the same grounds.
Moving onto Nvidia, despite having some issues with RTX 3000 series launch, the company has been dominating the markets for some time.
If you are talking about the time when you are looking at the performance numbers to decide how Nvidia is doing, the company is not staying back and have been standing their grounds with continuous improvements, and most importantly, continuous innovation as well.
It has become evident that Nvidia is not showing any signs of slowing down, and it certainly is good for the GPU industry as a whole because constant improvement and innovations are happening in the background.
With technologies like DLSS, Raytracing, and so much more, Nvidia is only going to be on the top and for a very long time.
Radeon vs. Geforce, What’s That?
If you are in the market looking at the GPUs, the two things that you will be seeing is going to be GeForce and Radeon.
Both names are synonymous with the GPUs that both AMD and Nvidia have been selling for as long as I can remember.
For those who don’t know, these are simply brands that these companies are using to sell their GPUs and over the past couple of years, they have become synonymous with the success of the company and the company itself.
You do not get to see any GPU by either of these companies that are shipped without these brand names slapped somewhere on the boxes, and even though the consumers do not use them as much, the names hold great equity in the market, so you have to keep that in mind.
AMD vs Nvidia: The Hardware Differences
Now, whenever you are in the market looking for a graphics card, there is a lot of research that goes into the one that you are getting.
Unless you are like me, who just picks up the most powerful GPU in the market at the given time.
Sadly, buying GPUs have become tricky because of limited supply during the global chip shortage and a mining crisis that has taken over the GPU market.
Still, you have to understand that GPUs can be available in the market from both the red team and the green team, and picking up the right one is always going to be important.
Especially if you have ushered yourself into the place where gaming at 4K is the one luxury that you cannot live without.
This means that you will have to compare both Nvidia and AMD in terms of the hardware and how they are different.
Sure, both of them might seem like they are GPUs with somewhat different and a lot of similar technologies with different names.
But under the hoods, things are different, and it is important as a consumer to have some knowledge.
For years now, Nvidia’s hardware has been praised for being a lot more advanced in terms of technical prowess as compared to AMD.
Especially when you look at the GTX 1000 series. That is when Nvidia solidified itself into the market to a point that they simply told everyone that they are not going with.
Modern Nivida GPUs are better in terms of hardware thanks to the superior performance, there is also the fact that the heat generated by Nvidia GPUs is comparatively less, which also works on reducing the power consumption.
However, all of this does not mean AMD is sitting quietly because they are answering all of this by increasing the processing power, using more memory, and having a higher power consumption.
Therefore, AMD has been trying to close the gap, and sometimes have gotten dangerously close to Nvidia as far as the performance gap is concerned.
Overall, we have to understand that both companies have been hard at work as far as the competition is concerned.
But if you are talking about raw numbers, then Nvidia is the one that has been taking the leads. This does not mean that AMD is not doing anything to take some part of the pie.
The company has a really popular lineup of mid-range GPUs that the company is proudly selling, and those are the ones that people want as they can easily beat Nvidia in terms of the overall value and, sometimes, the performance as well.
But on a larger picture, Nvidia is the clear winner here because, for the longest time, the hardware that the company has used is not only superior but better performing as well as more consistent in terms of getting support and not acting up in ways that one could not explain.
AMD vs. Nvidia: Power Consumption And Efficiency
Whenever you are talking about having a good GPU, the overall power consumption and the efficiency of the said GPU matters a lot.
If you are buying something that is going to take all the power and is not going to run efficiently, then what even is the point since you are only putting yourself at a risk, and we do not want that here.
Now, when it comes to both companies and how they perform on this scale, well, things are not as clear as they once were.
You see, before AMD came out with their Navi line of GPUs, the power efficiency was in the favor of Nvidia as they continued to dominate the market with extremely efficient cards.
However, Navi changed a lot of things, and Big Navi has only improved things further. These are built using TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process, and a new architecture that delivers 50% better performance per watt.
Navi was the time when the gap started closing, but sadly, it was still far behind that even a 50% improvement did not fully resolve the lack of efficiency.
Sadly, with Ampere, Nvidia did something; they went for higher clocks, but by doing that, they had to give up efficiency, and while the Big Navi does get a better boost in terms of how efficient it can be thanks to the Infinity Cache, the net result in terms of efficiency have been close to each other.
If you look at the charts to find which GPU is consuming more power or being efficient otherwise, you will realize that almost all the high-end cards by both companies, you will see a repeating pattern that both companies are a lot more closer to each other in terms of consuming power, and yes, they are consuming more power.
The edge Nvidia has is that by consuming more power, it is translating that consumption into a better overall performance as well, and that is where it takes the edge over AMD, but that is a topic for a separate discussion.
If you are to lose it down and figure out which GPU manufacturer is better in terms of how much performance it is consuming or how efficient it is running, then the answer is not going to be as simple.
Both have come close to each other here, and therefore, this leaves us with a tie.
Speaking of efficiency, there is one thing that the RTX 3000 series has that AMD does not.
Soon after the release, a lot of people realized that by underclocking their GPUs, they are only going to increase the efficiency of their GPU, reduce the temperatures, and reduce the power consumption as well.
All of this while they are still getting the same frame rate in games, and more importantly, the boost clock was also more consistent and stable without any signs of fluctuation.
I did try it on older cards as well, but sadly that did not work, but this is great for the RTX 3000 series as it gave more and more people to consider getting these cards.
AMD vs. Nvidia: The Performances Battle
Ever since both companies started, they have been battling to gain the top spot as far as the performance is concerned, and I have seen AMD beating Nvidia time and again, but this was from back when AMD was called ATI Radeon, and then there were some victories later down the road as well.
However, for the most part, Nvidia has dominated the market in a better way than you might imagine to a point that I started thinking if it was okay for AMD to just exit the market altogether due to the GPU monopoly that had started to form.
However, AMD was not going to give up, and with Navi and Big Navi, it only became apparent, but despite all of that, I am seeing Nvidia still getting better and better in terms of performance, especially with the RTX 3000 series, which provided an insane boost in performance, to be honest.
If you are looking at the GPU hierarchy, you will realize that the top performers are from Nvidia and 3 from AMD, which is still an impressive factor.
Even if you are looking at the gaming benchmarks that are running APIs and settings that are consistent across all the GPUs, you will still find out that Nvidia is doing better than AMD, and this is without including DLSS or ray tracing, for that matter. Similarly, AMD’s FidelityFX is also not included.
The RTX 3080 and the RX 6800 XT seem to be the two most realistic cards, and while buying a GPU is not as easy as one might think, these GPUs do represent the true performance battle as they have been trading blows with instances where they easily surpass one and the other.
However, the moment RTX or DLSS is turned, RTX 3080 blows everything out of the water and by a massive margin.
The same can be said about the more affordable options, but the older models lose out to the newer ones easily. Looking at the benchmarks, you commonly see a trend where Nvidia is taking the lead time and again.
Simply put, if you are looking for a winner, at least on the higher end spectrum, then Nvidia is the one that you should be rooting for.
Across countless games, Nvidia takes the lead most of the time. However, AMD does give a tough battle with their GPUs but does lose to Nvidia a lot of the time, and that is why Nvidia takes the crown and that too, with ease.
If you get to learn one thing here, that is that AMD’s next generation of GPUs could truly be something that would give Nvidia a tough time, but they are not out yet, and I am anxiously waiting to see what AMD has in stores for us.
AMD vs. Nvidia: Gaming Benchmarks (Discussing Few)
Honestly, for a lot of people, benchmarks alone should prove which card is superior. If you are wondering, in any game where you are seeing the use of DLSS or Ray Tracing, Nvidia is going to be on the top.
Just take Cyberpunk 2077, Metro Exodus, Battlefield, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Call of Duty, for example. These are some of the most popular games, and Nvidia has been leading the performance here.
#1- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 vs AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
The RTX 3090 by Nvidia and the 6900 XT by AMD are two of the leading GPUs in the market in terms of performance, and they are also the flagships at the moment.
One more thing about these GPUs is that they are also more or less not attainable with ease because you are looking at the mining crises on top of the global shortage.
Still, looking at the performance difference is important. If you have been rooting for the green team, you would be happy to realize that Nvidia has been leading the performance here across all the resolutions.
The RTX 3090 is ahead of the 6900 XT by at least a 7 frame average on 4K resolution across various games that you can test out.
The gap does not seem to close even on the lower resolutions, and remember that this result is without the DLSS or Ray Tracing because, with those settings turned on, AMD will simply be able to not compete due to the lack of proper technology.
The winner here clearly is the RTX 3090, and it makes sense too. It is a behemoth of a GPU and destroys everything that stands in its way.
I am not taking the lack of availability into the factor as this is all about the raw performance difference between both GPUs, and here, Nvidia is unbeatable.
#2- AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT vs Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
Now coming back to a bit more affordable but still difficult to find GPUs, the RTX 3080 and the RX 6800 XT are the more consumer-oriented GPUs because they are not going to cost you a lot of money at retail and are more accessible by the majority.
But is there any difference in performance, or is it the same story all over again?
Well, you would be surprised how similar these cards are in terms of performance.
To a point that it took me by a surprise, too, after using Nvidia GPUs for years, this is the first time I considered going for an AMD GPU due to how small the gap is.
On both 4K and 2K, the Radeon 6800 XT and RTX 3080 have traded blows, surpassing each other now and then and staying equal on some titles.
The lead or loss between both GPUs was so small that one could almost mistake it as a margin of error.
With that said, the one place where the RTX 3080 has no match is when you turn on the DLSS or Ray Tracing but aside from that, both GPUs are equal.
If you cannot find one of them, then going for the other would make more sense as you are not going to notice a lot of difference in terms of your gaming experience, to begin with.
Rest assured, both GPUs performed adequately, and we are happy to see that.
#3- AMD Radeon RX 6800 vs Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Now, this is where the real difference starts coming out, to be honest. I have been seeing a lot of ways in which Nvidia is taking the lead, but this never meant that AMD is going to sit quietly because they are not.
The RTX 2080 Ti, when released, was one of the best cards available in the market, and that still stands.
However, the one thing that most people fail to understand is that the RX 6800 by AMD is no slouch either, and this is all the more evident from the fact that the card easily managed to beat the RTX 2080 Ti by a good margin of 4K and other resolutions as well.
I am not talking about the same level of defeat that was delivered was almost embarrassing.
However, the reason why the comparison is unfair is that both GPUs have almost 2 years of difference in terms of the release date, with the RX 6800 released in 2020 and the RTX 2080 Ti being available since 2018, and this is one thing that you have to take into an account.
Although a victory, it is not the same level of victory that Nvidia has been enjoying, and we have to acknowledge that when you are comparing both GPUs, to begin with.
If you are just concerned about finding which GPU was the faster one, this answers the questions that you might have in your mind.
#4- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 vs AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
Next up, I am looking for the mid-high range of GPUS that are available from Nvidia and AMD, and this time, I am looking at the RTX 3070 and the Radeon 6700 XT, both of these being more affordable than some of the other options that I have looked at so far and both of them being adequately performing.
With that said, the RTX 3070 takes the lead here, a significant one at that in all the resolutions, especially in 4K, a resolution that truly tests the GPU, and this tells us that you are looking at something a lot better in terms of the performance.
Sure, the RX 6700 XT is no slouch either but if you are looking for a raw performance difference between both cards and you are using that to decide, you should know better that the RTX 3070 does not have a match in the given price point, and you should just not look anywhere else.
Granted, the GPU is still a bit hard to attain, but if you have one or you are getting closer to buying one, I would not suggest that you look at something else because this performance gap is only going to grow larger once you decide to turn on DLSS or Ray Tracing. After all, then Nvidia will take lead in almost every scenario.
Rest assured, you are buying the right one and that too, without a doubt.
#5- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti vs AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
The last comparison that I am looking at is between the recently released RTX 3060 TI and the RX 5700 XT.
Both of these GPUs are more or less the mid-range category, with prices matching each other. However, is the performance on the same level too? Well, that is not the case here.
In 4K and other resolutions, as well as across various games, the RTX 3060 Ti is faster than the RX 5700 XT and not just in minor numbers.
The difference itself is drastic enough, and one should always keep that in mind whenever they are trying to opt for this GPU.
Now, in defense of the RX 5700 XT, one should not say that it is a bad GPU by any means. It is competing against a GPU that is inherently newer than the RX 5700 XT, and that is why there is a performance gap in the first place.
The GPU itself is good and can satisfy most of the users with the performance, but if you are looking for something that has a good performance, the RTX 3060 Ti makes a lot more sense here as it will deliver better overall performance.
This is also where I wrap up my GPU comparison in terms of the performance and move on to the other sections.
Sure, AMD GPUs have performed adequately for the most part and even beat Nvidia a few times, the battle is not as even as AMD would need to be an overall winner.
AMD vs. Nvidia: The Multi-GPU Technology Battle
The next thing that I am looking at is something that used to be super popular back in the days but sadly has slowly regressed to a point that it has become more or less obsolete.
Yes, I am talking about multi-GPU support or technologies that both companies are using.
AMD uses CrossFire, and Nvidia uses NV-Link (previously known as SLI), and there were days that both technologies were prevalent, the waning support in games and developers simply not wanting to implement the technology made these companies realize that people are not sold on the idea of having multiple GPUs, in the first place.
Not just that, even if the games do support multiple GPUs, you are still not getting the same level of scaling, and sometimes, the games would scale poorly in terms of the performance that it brings.
This is why despite still existing, I rarely see these technologies. They only make sense in specific use cases in which having multiple GPUs can help with the performance rather than create issues, but other than that, nothing else seems to make sense.
Just check with your manufacturer and, more importantly, the motherboard and the software that you want to have multiple GPUs for and see how the support is.
AMD vs. Nvidia: Latest GPUs
The next thing that I am going to be focusing on is the latest GPUs that are available from both Nvidia and AMD.
The answer here is rather simple, but the thing is that the GPU market has become a lot more complicated than it used to be, and that has caused an issue with the supply of the GPUs, and this is why I am trying to be as careful as possible.
For starters, a lot of people have started buying the older GPUs from both ends due to the availability issues that are surrounding the new GPUs and how the prices have skyrocketed due to the mining issue along with the chip shortage.
Still, if you are looking at Nvidia, the latest architecture is Ampere, which can be found in the RTX 3000 series. Ampere shows one of the biggest generational leaps that I have seen in a long, long time.
When it was released, the entry-level card was the RTX 3070, which was faster than the entire RTX 2000 series, which meant that the RTX 3080 and the 3090 had zero competition in the market at that time.
Currently, you have the following GPUs in the RTX 3000 series.
- RTX 3090
- RTX 3080 Ti
- RTX 3080
- RTX 3070 Ti
- RTX 3070
- RTX 3060 Ti
- RTX 3060
For AMD, you are looking at the RDNA 2 architecture or the Big Navi GPUs. AMD released these last year, and while some of them have been a massive success, the same cannot be said about others due to the lack of proper performance. Still, the cards in the Big Navi series are.
- Radeon RX 6900 XT
- Radeon RX 6800 XT
- Radeon RX 6800
- Radeon RX 6800M
- Radeon RX 6700 XT
- Radeon RX 6700M
- Radeon RX 6600 XT
- Radeon RX 6600M
While the lineup is bigger for AMD at the moment, the performance difference starts coming in the way once you move down to the RX 6800. That is when AMD struggles to keep up with Nvidia in terms of performance.
With that said, I am expecting new GPUs from both companies pretty soon, and I am eagerly waiting to see just how big of a performance difference I am going to see in the first place.
AMD vs Nvidia: Features & Technologies
I am now looking at the technologies that both GPUs bring.
For the longest time, Nvidia had the lead as they consistently developed better technologies in the GPUs that were available in the market, and with the RTX 2000 release, the Ray Tracing and DLSS technologies were a breakthrough.
Sadly, the technologies were not as mature at that point and were not utilized the way one had hoped.
Things changed quickly with the RTX 3000 series, and Nvidia showed everyone how they are back in the business. However, AMD was not sitting quietly as they managed to develop their technologies to counter Nvidia.
With that said, AMD has FideilityFX Super Resolution, an upscaling technology that allows for better performance in games that are supported by this technology.
This works similar to DLSS by upscaling a lower resolution and boosting the frame rate as well at the same time. Sounds strange, we know, but this is one of the best technologies that one can use.
On the other hand, AMD also has Enhanced Sync technology. This helps gamers minimize the screen tearing while decreasing the latency and stutter that is found in the traditional vertical sync.
This technology works with almost all the games and APIs, and it is convenient to use as well.
Another technology that AMD has been working on is the FidelityFX.
For those who are wondering, it is an open-source image quality toolkit that comprises nine different solutions that developers can use to implement in their games that are optimized for AMD RDNA and AMD RDNA 2 architectures.
FidelityFX helps deliver the best possible visual quality without a massive performance overhead.
Moving on to Nvidia, they have been hard at work as well, and their technologies have been widely praised by everyone around the world.
For starters, the DLSS is the one technology that made the RTX 2000 and 3000 series so popular, but what exactly is DLSS?
DLSS stands for Deep Learning Super Sampling, this is an RTX technology that uses the power of AI and boosts your frame rates in graphically intensive games.
With DLSS, gamers can use higher resolutions and settings and enjoy great frame rates at the same time.
However, it is important to know that DLSS is something that has to be implemented by the developers of the game and the drivers itself, and in some cases.
DLSS can cause some minor glitches or graphical bugs, but they are very minor that they are often missed, as well. But more or less, DLSS has changed the way we play games.
The next up is Ray Tracing which was announced original when Nvidia Turing came out and changed the game forever.
For those who have been in PC gaming for some time, one could say that ray tracing is the modern-day PhysX, but it only looks a lot better, and that is what we are focused on in the first place.
With that said, Ray Tracing is a technique that works when it comes to illuminating a computer-generated scene.
Imagine shooting a ray of light at something and tracing how it bounces off the surface and how it illuminates the rest of the scene as well.
Ray tracing works in a way that every ray of light that you are seeing on the game gets illuminated, and not just that, gets rendered in real-time as well.
This means that the lighting that you cannot even see because it’s not in your field of view is also being rendered.
Ray tracing is also extended to some of the other aspects, such as shadows and more, but it is a technology that Nvidia has perfected with ease, and there is also a massive performance overhead if you are not being careful with the implementation.
AMD FreeSync vs. Nvidia G-Sync
Next up, I am focused on two technologies that more or less changed the face of gaming when they were released.
The AMD FreeSynch and Nvidia G-Sync. Gone are the days when you had to play games that were stuttering and lagging, and you can now usher into this new era.
But what exactly are these technologies in the first place?
Well, both are variable refresh rate technologies that help match the refresh rate of your display to the frames you are getting in the game, eliminating any stutter or lag.
Remember, you still won’t feel like you are gaming at 60 frames per second or above, but it gets a lot better.
Now, this is a gist of how these technologies work, but what exactly is the difference here?
You see, with AMD, you do not need to have a separate module installed inside your monitor by the monitor manufacturer.
You just need the right cable type, the right GPU, and a supported display, and you can use FreeSync.
However, with Nvidia, you have to have the G-Sync module installed inside your monitor or display and HDMI 2.1 or the latest DisplayPort standard to make this happen.
However, over the past couple of years, Nvidia has started expanding the support by offering “G-Sync compatibility” to different displays, which allows them to not have the module but still fully utilize G-Sync.
The LG C9 OLED TV I have does have support for G-Sync, and it works without any issues coming in the way.
Whatever the case might be, G-Sync and FreeSync have changed gaming drastically and have allowed people to play games and have a lot of fun without worrying about stutter.
These technologies even work similarly, so regardless of which technology you are using, you should not have a problem.
Nvidia vs. AMD: Softwares & Drivers Comparison
I know this might not sound like an important thing, but a lot of people are going to tell you that drivers are not as important when you are choosing between AMD or Nvidia.
However, that statement is not true at all. If your hardware is good or even perfect, but your drivers are not properly developed or coded, then there is no point in going for one in the first place.
As someone who needs to have a proper understanding, having good drivers is always a way to go because, without drivers, you are stuck.
Over the past couple of years, AMD has gone through various rebrands of its drivers, and sadly, AMD drivers are generally said to be buggier than the competition.
Sure, the bug is only on the software side and can easily be squashed, but to have such problems right from the start is a problem that many people have.
On the other hand, Nvidia has found the perfect and consistent way of delivering its drivers.
They offer drivers in different variants such as your standard options, game-ready drivers that introduce specific optimizations and features for a game, along with studio drivers that are the complete package of everything that Nvidia is offering.
Still, if you are looking for overall stability, ease of access, and day-1 support, I doubt that there is anything better than the drivers that Nvidia has been offering.
I have been using Nvidia GPUs since the release of GTX 660, and up until now, I have had zero issues with the performance or run into any issues.
I currently own the RTX 3090, and every driver update that the company releases works like a charm and without any issues that might come in the way.
So, if you want to decide based on the driver support, you already know that Nvidia is the clear winner for being the most consistent whenever you are talking about delivering good drivers out to the public.
Nvidia vs. AMD: The Pricing & Value
The last point that I am going to touch on before we finally work towards drawing our conclusion is the pricing and value of both companies.
Of course, one could almost say that there is a duopoly that is happening in the market because Nvidia and AMD are the only two GPU companies that are making consumer-grade GPUs.
Sure, I know Intel is also looking to enter the market, but so far, we have not seen anything from Intel.
Nvidia used to have a history of charging a premium, and that served them right as well.
This was mainly because back then, Nvidia was more or less leading the game in the market, and while AMD was there as well, the GPUs failed to catch up to what Nvidia was offering, at least in the higher end section.
However, as AMD came out with RDNA and RDNA 2 technologies, Nvidia realized the threat and started pricing their GPUs competitively.
Nowadays, you can find both companies selling their GPUs are similar costs to one and the other, and while this confuses the buyer, this is where people turn to the value aspect.
The value aspect is not just about the money here or how long the GPU is going to serve you here. You also have to look at the performance per dollar factor.
Are you getting the performance for the money you are paying for?
Take the RTX 3090, for example, the most expensive consumer-grade GPU in the market, and then there is the RTX 3080, which costs almost half the price.
However, in terms of the value, the RTX 3080 serves better because the performance difference here is so minor that it almost makes no difference in the first place.
I understand that this could be confusing for a lot of people but if you want a value proposition, always compare multiple GPUs.
I would say that this is more or less a tie because both companies have started offering excellent value for money and competitive pricing as well. Therefore, choosing the winner is not entirely possible.
Which Is Better, Nvidia or AMD? The Winner
If you had asked this question a few years ago, the answer would have been a lot simpler. There was a time when Nvidia dominated the market to a point that there was nothing that compared to whatever Nvidia was doing.
However, things have changed now. With the release of Navi and Big Navi, AMD is slowly but surely closing the gap.
They have figured out the tech that they need to match with Nvidia, and it is only a matter of time when both companies are standing shoulder to shoulder. For now, however, the clear winner across the board happens to be Nvidia.
Not just thanks to the fact that their GPUs are faster, but their technologies have matured a lot better.
DLSS and Ray Tracing that Nvidia GPUs support is game-changing, and even though AMD is getting closer to figuring it all out, it still will need time.
You are also looking at much better support from game developers, and that is a huge factor as to why Nvidia is taking the lead.
However, I am looking out for AMD to bring something even better as compared to RDNA 2 and see some healthy competition in the market which has been missing for quite some time.
My Final Verdict:
This should not come as a surprise to anyone, but both Nvidia and AMD have been at war with each other for as long as one can remember and, over the past couple of years, have managed to come close to each other in terms of performance and value.
At the moment, both companies are enjoying a healthy relationship, and I am expecting to see even better overall results as time progresses.
If you are wondering about the winner, in the current standing, Nvidia takes the win but with a very slight margin.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question 1: Is Nvidia better with Intel or AMD?
There was a time when this used to be an issue, but with AMD CPUs catching up and defeating Intel in performance, you can now opt for either one of the processors and pair them with Nvidia without any performance issues might come in your way.
Question 2: Why is AMD cheaper than Nvidia?
There was a time when AMD was cheaper than Nvidia simply because Nvidia was running a monopoly, and regardless of what AMD did, they did not influence Nvidia.
However, ever since AMD has caught up, we are slowly seeing the fact that AMD and Nvidia are now priced within the margin of each other in terms of performance.
Question 3: Is AMD good for gaming?
Whether you are talking about the processors that AMD has been making or the GPUs, the company has reached a point where they are a lot better for gaming.
Sure, the RDNA 2 is not as big of a success as AMD had hoped for the both the RX 6900 XT and 6800 XT have shown that if you are looking for a performance that is close to the RTX 3000 series, this is the way.
Question 4: Who is AMD owned by?
AMD was founded by Jerry Sanders in 1969. However, at the moment, the company is being run by the CEO and President Dr. Lisa Su, along with John Edward Caldwell as the chairman of the company, and Mark Papermaster as the CTO of the company.
Question 5: Which is the cheapest AMD graphics card?
The term cheapest is more or less ambiguous, but if you are genuinely looking for a cheap GPU, you can start by looking at the 5500XT or the newly released 6600 XT from AMD, as these are some of the cheapest AMD GPUs available in the market at the moment/
AMD was betting big on the Big Navi and, with its release, managed to show Nvidia that they can beat the green team.
The RX 6800 XT and 6900 XT are the cards that have managed to come closest to the RTX 3080 and 3090, and even surpassing them in many tests.
Question 7: Why does Apple use AMD instead of Nvidia?
There are a lot of rumors as to why Apple decided to side with AMD instead of Nvidia. The public statements that I have come across talk about how AMD’s GPU are better when it comes to performance per watt, but there is no real answer.
Question 8: Does Apple silicon use AMD GPU?
At the time of writing, the latest Apple M1 silicon is using an integrated GPU, so no, it is not currently using an AMD GPU as many people had hoped for.
Question 9: Why did Apple and Nvidia fall out?
Apple and Nvidia used to work closely until the disaster that happened in 2008. Apple made MacBook Pro models that contained the Nvidia GeForce 8400M and 9400M.
These GPUs had manufacturing defects in the chip die that caused the GPUs to malfunction. Nvidia took a massive hit of $200,000,000, and there was an eventual falling out.
Question 10: Is Nvidia a Chinese company?
Nvidia is an American multinational technology company that has been incorporated in Delaware and is currently based in Santa Clara, California, with Jensen Huang as the CEO and president of the company.