Last Updated on September 14, 2020 by Scott Krager
Rivalries can be found everywhere. Even if you are talking about consoles, there is a never-ending competition between Xbox and PlayStation.
Rivalries are good. The reason why I said so is that they allow each other to grow and become better than the competition.
One such rivalry can be seen on the PC side of thing as well; AMD and Nvidia have been at it for years now; constantly battling each other for the top spot when it comes to GPUs.
Both companies have released some of the best GPUs to date, and without these companies, the PC gaming market would never be as it is today.
However, when it comes to their rivalry, it extends beyond an internal rivalry; gamers are severely affected by it as they are not sure what GPU should they go for. Both boast their own benefits, and that ends up confusing the gamers even further.
If you are in the market just so you can buy a good GPU, you will find the options from both the team green and team red. We are here to look at what GPU is better. So, with that out of the way, let’s compare them both and see which one is better.
The first thing we are going to look at is the pricing between both GPUs. For anyone who is familiar with the market already knows that both companies price their GPUs relative to each other, and reduce the price based on the same examples that they have set.
This is the perfect case of a duopoly between both companies and for all the right reasons.
Both companies have GPUs in similar price bracket across the word; so, whether you are going for something low-end, mid-range, or high-end, you will find similar prices across the board.
Yes, in the past, Nvidia GPUs were considered to be more expensive, however, at this point, the pricing has become a lot similar.
For instance, a flagship card from both of the companies can cost upwards of $600. However, whether they have the same performance or not is a topic of an entirely different heading.
Whenever you are building a gaming PC, having a graphics card with good performance is something that happens to be extremely important. You need something that has good performance.
Both companies cater to a wide range of users, so you do not have to be a PC gaming elite in order to get a good GPU.
As far as the performance difference is concerned, the simplest thing that we can say here is that currently, Nvidia is dominating the market with their RTX series of GPUs.
The RTX 2080Ti is the most powerful single GPU available in the market that blows even the older cards out of the water.
As far as the team red is concerned, they do not have a GPU to rival the RTX series lineup.
However, the important thing that some might overlook is that AMD is known for being a value-oriented brand despite having the higher end options available in the market.
With that out of the way, when it comes to sheer performance numbers, Nvidia certainly takes the cake here.
Software and Other Features
A good GPU is not always about the hardware; at times, the software matters a lot as well.
Both GPUs are constantly receiving new updates from their respective manufacturers, however, both GPUs also have some software solutions that are exclusive to each other.
For starters, Nvidia comes with the highly revered GeForce Experience that allows you to not only optimize the games based on the suggestions given to you by Nvidia but also to update drivers right through the program.
Additionally, GeForce Experience acts as a full-fledged software solution for taking screenshots, taking gameplay videos, capturing highlights, and even streaming to your favorite platforms.
On the other hand, AMD has the Crimson ReLive, and while there are some pretty respectable features in that software, it still falls short in front of the GeForce Experience thanks to the behemoth level of features and customization it provides.
Needless to say, when it comes to software or other features, Nvidia takes the win.
Another thing that must be kept in mind about both companies is the exclusive technologies. To be honest, there are not a lot of them, to begin with. For starters, Nvidia’s RTX series comes with Ray Tracing and DLSS, but they are both limited to the RTX series.
However, the thing here that matters the most is the companies partnering up with developers in order to make sure that their games are optimized more for certain graphics cards.
For starters, AMD cards work better with Bethesda games, and on the other hand, Ubisoft games are good for Nvidia GPUs.
This is something that has been going on in the gaming market for a long time. As far as the G-Sync and Free-Sync technologies are concerned, I was going to add them but ever since Nvidia has introduced that even some of the monitors that are capable only of AMD FreeSync can now run the G-Sync technology without any issues whatsoever.
However, support is still limited.
So, Which Company is Better?
Now we are back at square one after going through some factors that make one GPU better than the other. If you look at the internet, you will see several people siding with one or the other.
However, at this point, Nvidia is certainly better than AMD. This is not something that is based on bias, but something that is based on the performance numbers.
AMD has been having a hard time keeping up with Nvidia ever since the launch of the Nvidia Pascal architecture, and with Nvidia’s Turing architecture out and selling like hot cakes, AMD really has to step up their game if they hope to beat Nvidia and manage to get a respectable market share.