Introduction to the Pros and Cons of Nvidia and AMD Graphics Cards
When it comes to gaming, both Nvidia and AMD have advantages and disadvantages, and neither company is “better” than the other. Below we review the Pros and Cons of Nvidia and AMD graphic cards, each having its own identity.
Pros of AMD Graphics Cards – Advantages:
- Best GPUs in the Low to Mid-Range
- The RX 570 is less expensive than the GTX 1650 and has a superior (more capable) GPU.
- Many 1920×1080 games can still be played on High to Medium settings on the RX 580.
- The RX 5700 outperforms the RTX 2060 thus falling just short of the RTX 2060. (Super)
- The RX 5700 XT outperforms the RTX 2070 but is slightly slower (Super)
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Cons of AMD Graphics Cards – Disadvantages:
- AMD does not have Hardware Ray Tracing, nor does it have any of the functionality that DLSS does, but consider this: FidelityFX from AMD And Radeon Image Sharpening Tested vs DLSS isn’t always a positive thing. Yes, DLSS can increase FPS, but it can also ruin a scene.
Pros of Nvidia Graphics Cards – Advantages:
- They have the best graphics cards for both gaming and technical work (3080, 2080ti, Titan, Quadro, etc)
- They have drivers that are much more stable and mature.
- At the bottom of their commodity stack, they have a higher price-to-performance ratio overall.
- Cooling solutions are generally superior, but not always, since they use less power than AMD cards in the same output category.
- DirectX (which is used by NVidia) is more commonly optimized in games than Vulcan.
Cons of Nvidia Graphics Cards – Disadvantages
- They are usually more costly than AMD cards in the mid and high ranges, and the 2080ti is highly expensive.
- They force you to pay for features (RTX, deep learning) that do not translate well to games in general and do not provide a better experience to justify the cost (individual games like Minecraft RTX are not taken into account, I’m talking about the overall experience).
- When compared to AMD cards in the same class, they appear to underperform in Vulcan-optimized games.
Overall, they fall short for their cards that rank with AMD’s top class (up to 5700XT) and end up in NVidia’s mid and high-mid class (up to 2070 Super) (if the AMD drivers are actually working)