NVIDIA vs. AMD : Gamemela’s Verdict
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We all know that a vital part of any performance PC is the Graphics Processing Unit (or GPU) and it is especially important when it comes to gaming. Many CPUs come with integrated GPUs, but these are not that powerful when compared to the GPUs in dedicated video cards. For gaming, you need a video card.
There are two primary GPU manufacturers for gaming: NVIDIA and AMD.
NVIDIA takes the method of creating lesser, more capable stream processors, permitting more complex calculations. This makes NVIDIA cards excel not only at gaming, but also at several other data processing applications.
AMD applies a different method by creating smaller, less complex stream processors. Though the processors are not very capable, the difference is made up by the quantity. AMD has a lot of smaller processors that can handle simple calculations.
Hence, when it comes to comparing these two, it’s hard to declare who the clear winner is.
AMD and NVIDIA have always had the same goal in mind: To deliver a smooth and quick visual performance. However, each company takes on a different method to achieve this goal.
Best Performance with a single card (Present Day Scenario):
Today, we declare AMD as the winner of this category for the R9-295×2. The R9-295×2 pulls ahead of the monster Nvidia GTX Titan-Z for a solo card solution. Thus giving AMD the crown for creating something that can be put in a single slot and also get massive performance out of.
Best Performance with ‘Flagship Cards’:
Here, we feel the need to make a very strict comparison: The R9-290X and the GTX 780 ti.
We can plainly see the Nvidia GTX 780 ti pulling ahead of the R9 – 290X. It’s an artificial benchmark, but it proves the point: Between the two, Nvidia can make a better card.
Let’s go about this another way. Rupee for Rupee, who do you get the best value from? Here, AMD is the lead for one main reason:
AMD bundles up more game offerings with their cards to achieve a higher customer value. After all, which sounds better? Just a graphics card or a graphics card + 3 games?
Best for power consumption and heat output:
Nvidia has been pulling ahead in this category for quite some time now- Similar performance, less power and less heat.
Best for the games you love the most:
This is where things get rough. Some games are enhanced more for Nvidia cards than AMD cards. Some are the other way around. If all the games you love are optimized for Nvidia cards, then AMD being better doesn’t really matter.
In the end, AMD and NVIDIA both provide GPU solutions that work well in almost every system. Careful planning and research is always the way. Just know that your GPU options will help you decide which video card works best for you.