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Is AMD or NVIDIA Better?

AMD (formerly ATI) and NVIDIA are the undisputed leaders of the GPU market. When you upgrade your graphics card or buy a new computer, you usually have to choose between similarly priced and positioned products from these two companies. Both of them offer some powerful discrete graphics solutions for both gaming and professional work, but how do you know if Radeon or GeForce cards are better?

You will find more information about the two GPU manufacturers, as well as some useful links to AMD and NVIDIA benchmarks and performance comparisons below. Don't forget to check out the ongoing discussion with hundreds of user opinions, and vote in the poll.

Company logo.

Company logo.


NVIDIA is a GPU (graphics processing unit) and motherboard chipset manufacturer based in Santa Clara, California (US). It was founded in 1993 and since then became one of the leaders in gaming and professional graphics. NVIDIA was the first to introduce a graphics card with on-board transform and lighting (T&L) - the famous Geforce 256 - back in 1999. The GeForce brand became highly popular and with the exception of FX series these cards have always been some of the best on the home graphics market. The popular gaming console Playstation 3 also uses NVIDIA graphics.

In February 2008 NVIDIA acquired Ageia Technologies and started integrating their physics engine, the PhysX into Geforce cards. All Geforce 8 cards and above now support PhysX hardware acceleration for PhysX-enabled games.

One of the latest innovations by this company is G-SYNC, a technology which solves screen tearing and stuttering prevalent on LCD monitors by synchronizing the monitor's refresh and GPU's render rates, as well as using a strobing backlight to eliminate motion blur, resulting in CRT-like low persistance.

AMD Radeon logo.

AMD Radeon logo.

About AMD Graphics (Formerly ATI)

ATI was a major designer and manufacturer of GPUs and motherboard chipsets until 2006 when it was acquired by AMD. Even though ATI no longer exists as a company, and the popular brand is no longer used for graphics cards as of 2011, many of people still refer to Radeon cards as "ATI" out of habit. (As this page was created back in 2009, the comments still have some references to the brand).

ATI was founded in 1985, producing graphics cards for PC makers like IBM. They launched a highly popular Radeon GPU line in year 2000. After ATI's acquisition by AMD in 2006 the newly renamed AMD Graphics Product Group continued making high-end graphics cards for gamers and professionals. The popular Xbox 360 console also uses an AMD graphics chip. Next-gen consoles (PS4 and Xbox One) use AMD hardware as well.

AMD recently released Mantle, a graphics API which promises to make things easier for developers, and bring faster and better games to the PC platform. They also came up with AMD TrueAudio, adding hardware audio acceleration capabilities to their graphics cards. This allows games and applications to offload audio processing from the CPU, freeing it for other tasks.

NVIDIA vs AMD Discussion

Are NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards better overall?

When it comes to choosing between Radeon and GeForce, or even between two different models of the same video card, your best bet is to check the different benchmarks online. Don't rely on the hardware specifications alone, because if a graphics card has faster memory and a higher GPU clock it doesn't necessarily mean it will also result in more FPS in that newest shooter game.

  • Tom's Hardware always has a lot of detailed reviews and benchmarks of the newest and most powerful graphics cards available.Their charts provide a quick and easy comparison of the most powerful gaming hardware available.
  • Passmark Software offers charts showing the performance of thousands of different graphics cards. Just note that the synthetic benchmark they use doesn't necessarily indicate the "real life" performance in video games. They boast a database of over half a million different video cards.
  • 3DMark is the most popular video card benchmark software. You can test the performance of your system yourself, share it online, and see the benchmark results of other users. If your system does poorly compared to other similar ones, you might need to check whether your drivers are up to date; you might also want to look into overclocking.
  • Newegg is one of the best places to buy computer hardware online. More importantly, you can read hundreds of graphics card reviews and see ratings from real users there.

NVIDIA versus AMD Poll


anonymous on October 23, 2012:

Nvida has always been better GPU Cards, Nvidia is now in the current new MacBook Pro for 2012. 2011 Version had slower ATI/AMD Cards. Why did Mac switch? Simple because too many people prob complains there mac Book too slow for avg Games..

Nvidia Bought out 3dFX who made SLI.. google it People.

anonymous on October 02, 2012:

@anonymous: you even know what you are talking?

I can see who are those people who will say nvidia is great...sigh.

Dnt kill nvidia please.

anonymous on October 01, 2012:

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amd is better than nvidia in terms of opencl. If u use any program with calculations you'll see almost 3 times more speed than the best nvidia out there.. In terms of gaming tho amd is cheaper if you want the fastest gaming card u go nvidia..

anonymous on September 20, 2012:

Have Low Budget-Go for AMD;

Mid-Budget Go for Nvidia;

Too High Budget , Go for AMD Crossfire

anonymous on September 08, 2012:

I wish nVidia is good like what some said. Fact is their drivers (anti-aliaising) do not work on some games and need a game restart to take effect...ohhh. How good is that when ATI can.

TwistedWiseman on August 16, 2012:


anonymous on August 13, 2012:

this is an pointless argument,

this is like bmw or mercedes

ferrari or lamborghini...

anonymous on July 11, 2012:

OK first off, let me sstart by saying that NONE ARE CLEARLY BETTER THAN THE OTHER..... Get it??? Both AMD/ATI and Nvidia have been alternating as the best gpu manufacturers for a long time. That said, I'd always prefer an AMD card over an Nvidia card. Reason: It ALWAYS offers more bang for the buck. For around 50-60% the price, it offers 80-90% the performance that Nvidia currently offers(yeah, this is me admitting that Nvidia IS currently better. But this really doesn't mean that AMD would never catch up).

Also, for all the kids whining about driver issues, let me tell you that both release shitty drivers occasionally. But at least AMD has the common courtesy to release drivers fore frequently....

anonymous on June 29, 2012:

@anonymous: i m nvidia geforce tech when i checked system gaming graphics are faaaaar better than my frnds ati ...nd the shame is than is of higher series in comparison 2 mine...

Ati sucks...nvidia fuc****s...

anonymous on April 30, 2012:

hardware wise AMD are much better, there cards run cooler and perform better with lower power requirements for the most part, the trouble is, that amd's drivers suck huge amounts of donkey balls, and haven't improved in quality in at least ten years, if only AMD could improve there drivers they would be my first choice by a mile, but unfortunately i stick with nvidia to avoid headaches.

anonymous on April 29, 2012:

@anonymous: me too..they hv a lot of problem, btter choose a stable rather than throw out money for unstable product,then crash.

yet i wonder how could amd/ati took only 1 years for laptop warranty while intel/nVidia can cover for 3 years.geezzz

anonymous on April 24, 2012:

1gb ati=2gb nvidea ... ati gives better performance..if u doubt check system rating- gaming graphics

anonymous on March 19, 2012:

Anyone getting a sinking feeling that some of these raging fan-folk are nothing more than ad bots for their respective product of choice?

..And IF they ARE in fact, real people, then aren't they no better than ad bots? >8^)

anonymous on March 18, 2012:

FFS, Fuc**** fanboys, just stfu.

Sometimes AMD makes great products, sometimes Nvidia does.

AMD made awesome products like Athlon CPUs and Radeon HD 4xxx, 5xxx

and awful stuff like 2900XT, Bulldozer CPUs.

Nvidia made awesome stuff like series 8 (i remember my epic 8800gts) or series 5xx, geforce 4.... and crap like FX 5xxx.

None is absolutely better than the other.

anonymous on March 05, 2012:

@anonymous: gimme some of that money , one of my ATI HD 5770's just died XD!

Im thinking of trying nvidia next XD

anonymous on March 03, 2012:

Don't care about the fight as long as the prices keep coming down. I will say though AMD has the lock on the consoles for a reason. I happen to love my consoles and theres a war there too. Quite fighting and enjoy what they bring out.

anonymous on February 24, 2012:

@anonymous: Good, how about loaning me a couple of grand, I've got my eye on a new rig...I always wanted to try an intel Core i7-990X build!

anonymous on February 24, 2012:

I really could care less of what some fanboy is yammering about, as far as I'm concerned I am only loyal to a company as far as they provide me with the goods and services that I require when I give them my money, that means if the competitor releases a superior service/product I'll be glad to purchase it over the company that I am currently using.

Competition is best used by corporations in keeping their products one step above their competitors in order to stay relevant in the market, and as a consumer I will be there to take advantage of the results of whomever first introduces the product/service that wins the competition!

If Nvidia comes out with a superior GPU, then it looks like AMD will have to up their game to lure the customer over to their product...I could give a s****s about company loyalty, as I'll leave that for the employees, as it should be.

BTW, I currently own an AMD Sapphire 6950 2gb, IF and when I upgrade it will be the one that delivers the best support and performance, So with that, I'll have to find a better source of information, certainly NOT here; what, with the eternal rantings from fanboys screeching with nerd-fury!...

anonymous on January 29, 2012:

Nvidia has an old architecture and lacks of good Power Consumption and Temps, so ATI/AMD wins.

For those loosers that say nVidia is more performant, go search up more info about it... nVidia is paying a lot of game companies for their games to run well on nVidia cards and "less" well with their AMD counterparts... Also, since nVidia is richer, they got better driver support.