AMD VS NVIDIA Graphics Card (Latest 2021)

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When it comes to deciding between AMD vs NVIDIA Graphics Cards, you could spend hours, days, week, and even months of research, and by research, I mean starting at an AMD vs NVIDIA comparison chart from everyone, scrutinizing that extra fps that each GPU could squeeze out, and you would still have problems deciding between AMD or NVIDIA Graphics cards.

Next 2021 you will also have to add Intel xe graphics card to the mix, so more headache. But for now, I am going to make it easy for you. Look at the games that you want to play, and find out which single GPU between AMD or NVIDIA is better optimized for those games, and just buy the highest GPU that our budget can afford, even consider a previous generation GPU and the used market.

First, let’s take a look at some of the latest graphics cards from both AMD and NVIDIA in September 2020, in descending order.

The Important AMD GPU's in September of 2020.

GPU BOOST GPU CLOCK(MHz) RAM TDP (WATT)
Radeon RX 540
1219
2/4 GB DDR5
65
Radeon RX 550
1183
2/4 GB DDR5
50
Radeon RX 560
1275
2/4 GB DDR5
60
Radeon RX 570
1244
4 GB DDR5
150
Radeon RX 580
1340
4/8 GB DDR5
185
Radeon RX 590
1545
8 GB DDR5
185
Radeon RX Vega 56
1471
8 GB HBM2
210
Radeon RX Vega 64
1546
8 GB HBM2
295
Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid
1890
8 GB HBM2
345
Radeon VII
1800
16 GB HBM2
300
Radeon RX 5700
1725
8 GB GDDR6
180
Radeon RX 5700 XT
1905
8 GB GDDR6
225

The Important NVIDIA GPU's in September of 2020.

GPU BOOST GPU CLOCK(MHz) RAM TDP (WATT)
GeForce GTX 1050
1455
4 GB DDR5
75
GeForce GTX 1050Ti
1392
4 GB DDR5
75
GeForce GTX 1060
1708
6 GB DDR5
120
GeForce GTX 1070
1683
8 GB DDR5
150
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
1900
8 GB DDR5
180
GeForce GTX 1080
1733
8 GB DDR5X
180
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
1582
11 GB DDR5X
250
GTX 1650
1665
4 GB DDR5
75
GTX 1660
1785
6 GB DDR5
120
GTX 1660 Ti
1770
6 GB DDR6
120
RTX 2060
1680
6 GB DDR6
160
RTX 2060 SUPER
1650
8 GB DDR6
160
RTX 2070
1620
8 GB DDR6
175
RTX 2070 SUPER
1770
8 GB DDR6
215
RTX 2080
1710
8 GB DDR6
215
RTX 2080 SUPER
1815
8 GB DDR6
215
RTX 2080 Ti
1545
11 GB DDR6
250
AMD VS NVIDIA Graphics Card (Latest 2021)

Now tell me if I am in the minority in this one; comment below and let me know. In my mind, I have always automatically associated Intel with NVIDIA and AMD with AMD. More curiously on the CPU side, Intel tends to historically dominate the high-end market, whereas AMD flourishes on the more budget option both in the low and mid-tier.

Unsurprisingly, since NVIDIA also dominates the high-end GPU market, Intel and NVIDIA pairing seems to be a perfect match and AMD CPU, it just makes perfect GPU sense to me.

Why can’t buy an NVIDIA card and if you have an AMD CPU just get an AMD card, and the only decisions you will have to make will be based on the highest fps at your chosen resolution that your budget can afford?

But it’s not that simple. You see, both AMD and NVIDIA have their extra edge when it comes to game optimization, although you can play any PC games with either GPU, AMD, or NVIDIA.

NVIDIA’s architecture is generally more advanced and optimized to perform certain computing tasks, like the recent real-time ray tracing technology based on the Turin microarchitecture, named after the famous mathematician Alan Turin, brilliantly portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the imitation game.

NVIDIA’s GPUs generate less heat with lower TDP (Thermal Design Power) than AMD GPUs, but it can be argued that running power cost difference can be offset with the purchase price difference. NVIDIA’s current range is based on the 12nm architecture, whereas the recent Navi cards are based on a smaller newer 7nm architecture.

In terms of software, both AMD and NVIDIA have their own drives and control panels, and regularly release updates and patches for stable performance, although in all fairness NVIDIA does have a better track record with updates and hardware optimization.

As for the NVIDIA control panel vs AMD control center, no difference between functionality, except probably in aesthetics where AMD has a more modern sleek look.

One determining choice could be based upon what types of monitors you have or are planning to get since AMD Freesync and NVIDIA G-sync adaptive technologies to reduce screen tearing are proprietary, but they both produce the same result, more or less.

It should be no surprise here that once again Freesync technology from AMD is again more budget-friendly, whereas NVIDIA’s G-sync is found on more high-end monitors as they justify their higher cost with other additional benefits such as higher quality control and reduction of motion blur and ghosting effects. Unfortunately, this area is a little more complex and for anyone considering competitive gaming, where higher refer rates and response time matter, this is where you should focus your research.

NVIDIA is now changing that to provide G-sync support on all adaptive-sync monitors, However, not all NVIDIA GPUs will work with a Freesync monitor, and AMD’s Freesync will not work with G-sync monitors. In any case, Freesync and G-sync are only compatible with AMD and NVIDIA GPUs respectively so that’s definitely something to keep in mind when shopping for a new GPU at least if you intend on using a monitor with a refresh rate beyond the usual 60 Hz.

Conclusion

So with all that we have said in mind which one of these two is better NVIDIA or AMD well neither is inherently better. AMD is definitely the better option for low-end and most mid-range setups and NVIDIA is the only way to go with high-end setups as such the question of which of these two is better will largely come down to personal requirements and budget constraints and there you have it our take on a perennial question of which GPU manufacture is better they are both better than the other just at different things, of course, we’d like to hear what your thoughts on this matter are down in the comments.

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Abhishek
Hey, I am Abhishek Kumar and I am very passionate about electronics and gadgets and I love to explore and research more about them to keep updated myself and others.

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