AMD vs Nvidia Smackdown

AMD vs Nvidia. Just the thought of these chipmakers side-by-side can trigger battles and flame wars between PC gamers around the world. Here’s the deal… if you’re a proper hardcore gamer then you must pick a side. Do you like your gaming PCs to run a GPU from Nvidia or one from AMD? If you don’t have a preference, now is the time to get one.

When it comes time to build your gaming rig, you will be faced with this classic dilemma. Do you jump on board with Nvidia or do you cozy up to AMD? It’s worth noting which GPU you use won’t be your only concern when building a PC, but it will have a major influence on the quality of your gameplay performance.

So, with that in mind, which GPU should you be buying, one from Nvidia or one from AMD? In this article, we will aim to separate the two chip giants to find out which one is best. While you may assume these are both easily matched, here’s a quick spoiler: We have come up with a clear winner.

AMD vs Nvidia: The History

Both companies have been in battle for decades, dividing the PC gaming community on which is best. In terms of popularity, Nvidia is the clear winner and is roughly twice as rich as AMD in terms of market value. However, AMD has been around since the 1950s and has the pedigree of being amongst the first gaming-focused chipmakers through its now defunct ATI brand.

Remember, whereas Nvidia’s sole focus lies in the gaming realm (at least on the consumer side), AMD is an all-round chip manufacturer that also specializes in CPUs.

AMD vs Nvidia: How We Compare the Two

History lessons are nice, but what we really want to know is whether Nvidia or AMD is best for your gaming PC. We want a winner, so the only way to do it is to have a bona fide smackdown between the two GPU giants.

However, we also want to approach our analysis with the big picture in mind. There’s no point just discussing which is the more efficient, which provides more power, which is best for certain budgets, etc. Instead, we need to look at all those factors and more. The good news is, you will see a definitive look at Nvidia and AMD and how they compare with each other.

With all the housekeeping out of the way, let the battle commence.

Gaming Performance 

If you are building a gaming rig, it stands to reason your chief goal will probably be gaming performance. You don’t want to drop hundreds or thousands of dollars on a gaming machine only for it to not run your favorite games at a high framerate.

In recent years, as Nvidia has cemented its position as the dominant GPU manufacturer, the company has widened the gap in terms of performance. These days, Nvidia has a clear advantage over its rivals across most of its graphics cards. Yes, in the mid-range price bracket, AMD chips are more competitive, but still, Nvidia remains the leader in performance.

Nvidia will win in terms of performance across most GPU categories, games, and price points. AMD can keep pace in some areas, but mostly the company is playing catch up. This is even true in the budget end of the market, where AMD has traditionally been better. Winner: Nvidia

Power Consumption and Efficiency

GPU power efficiency is important for delivering smooth performance and over the years Nvidia has been the runaway leader. More recently, AMD has started to claw its way back into contention with its Navi line of cards. Built on a 7nm FinFET process and completely new architecture, Navi GPUs provide 50% more performance per watt.

This is a big step for AMD, but it is probably not enough. The company neglected efficiency so much that even closing the gap by 50% is not enough to surpass Nvidia. In fact, you can take an older Nvidia chip and compare it to a new Navi GPU and it will still be better than the newer rival.

Nvidia’s current generation Turing GPUs provide the best power efficiency on the market. This is especially true at both the budget and high-end levels. In the mid-range, AMDs work with Navi has paid off and the results are much closer. It’s worth remembering that Nvidia’s current-gen GPUs are still using older architecture, with the company moving to its Ampere line soon. When that happens, all bets are off. Winner: Nvidia

Underpinning Technology 

Features and technology are a strange beast. Companies will dazzle PC gamers with a bunch of tech jargon that make features sound indispensable. In most cases, these features are merely nice additions and should not be a defining factor why you buy one GPU over another. Never has this been truer than with ray tracing.

Ok, that’s not to say you should ignore and dismiss something like ray tracing. All you aficionados stop typing your comments, we are not saying ray tracing is unimportant! That said, ask yourself is it currently necessary to have ray tracing to get good gaming PC performance? The answer is no, even if it could become increasingly important in the coming years.

We mentioned ray tracing because this is currently the biggest feature difference between Nvidia and AMD. Elsewhere, both companies provide similar features, such as AMD Radeon Anti-Lag compared to Nvidia Ultra-low Latency Mode, AMD FreeSync against Nvidia G-Sync, and so on.

At the time of writing, Nvidia currently wins the feature shootout simply because it offers ray tracing and AMD does not. “At the time of writing” is an important caveat to add because the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are about to arrive with ray tracing supplied by an AMD GPU (Big Navi). AMD is soon to close this door, but not in time to influence this verdict. Winner: Nvidia, on a technicality

Price

As Nvidia has soared to the top of the gaming PC market, AMD has been able to keep pace mostly on one clear metric… price. The company’s silicon is known for delivering value for money over its great rival. Sometimes, budget dictates the gaming rig you want to build, and AMDs prices are a potent equalizer.

The company allows you to get similar performance to Nvidia for less money. What’s not to like? While there may be some exceptions, AMD GPUs are more affordable than Nvidia products almost across the board, no matter what budget you have. Winner: AMD

AMD vs Nvidia: Conclusion and Winner

If you are building a gaming PC and have an open budget across all price points, Nvidia is the clear winner. The company delivers the most powerful, efficient, and feature-rich GPUs. Sure, AMD can entice you with lower prices, but even then, we would suggest stretching your finances a bit or finding a deal on a Nvidia product.

That’s not to say AMD builds terrible GPUs. That’s simply not the case. If you do opt for an AMD card, you can get stunning performance provided other areas of your rig are also up to scratch. Still, with Nvidia about to update its architecture, it seems the gap between the two companies will increase.

Overall Winner: Nvidia

 

Nvidia RTX 30 Series Just Destroyed Xbox Series X

Microsoft has been on a media blitz recently, promoting its Xbox Series X (and lower-grade Series S) game console. The company says the device will usher in a new era of home gaming. However, ahead of the Xbox Series X launch in November, the Nvidia RTX 30 Series GPUs will launch and Microsoft’s console will be instantly obsolete.

The new Nvidia 3000 Series launches September 17, 2020, and is promising big things. While the RTX 3090 is the leader of the pack with 8K/60fps capabilities and a $1,499 price tag, it’s the GeForce RTX 3080 and 3070 that stand out. These GPUs promise to deliver 4K abilities and significant performance gains over what the Xbox Series X is capable of.

In fact, as 4K displays become more prominent, the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 arrive at a good time. New Nvidia 3000 series silicon will standardize 4K gaming for most users who are switching to higher resolution screens.

Shifting Dynamics of the Console Market

For Microsoft, the pitch is simple. Xbox Series X is the most powerful gaming console ever, and it will cost $499. As always, the company is leaning heavily on the fact most consumers want simplicity. They want to be able to turn on a machine, pick up a controller, and play their favorite games. It will also ship with Xbox GamePass. PC gamers can tap into this subscription service to access games for a monthly fee.

Consoles have had a basic recipe for success that has served the market for decades. PCs always provide more gaming power, but most users don’t want to pay huge sums for a gaming rig. They also don’t want to get bogged down by more complexity in controls. Consoles offer a nice balance between performance, comfort, and affordability.

As we head to the ninth generation of consoles, there are some problems with this formula. Specifically, PC gaming technology is becoming increasingly compact and price competitive. In other words, it’s now possible to get high-end PC technology in console-style hardware at an affordable price.

PC Gaming Tech Can Replace Consoles

It’s taken a while to get there, but in recent years improvements in PC gaming tech make it clear consoles are under threat.

While the RTX 3080 delivers guaranteed 4K performance for $699, it’s hard to ignore the RTX 3070 for $499. Yes, that’s the same price as the Xbox Series X, but Nvidia’s baby GPU bests Microsoft’s “next-gen” console in almost every metric. Sure, 4k/60fps will depend heavily on system requirements at this level, but the RTX 3070 will easily provide 1440p/60fps gameplay.

You may already know the Xbox Series X promises 4K/60fps thanks to Microsoft tweaking AMD’s RDNA 2 chipset. However, the Nvidia’s GPU promises more power than the 12 TFlops of the Series X. IN fact, the Nvidia 3070 has over 14 teraflops at its disposal.

Is This the End of the Console Era?

That’s the multi-billion-dollar question, and the answer is probably no. Or at least, the console market will remain the go-to for many consumers during the coming years. It’s still hard to argue against the convenience of a console for someone who may not really care about the finer details of performance.

When discussing PC gaming, it is always with the caveat of cost. Nvidia has done a fantastic job creating an Xbox Series X-killing GPU (both the Nvidia 3080 and RTX 3070), but that’s only part of the puzzle. Customers still need to build a gaming rig capable of getting the most from the GPU, which would not come cheap.

Theoretically, the cheapest viable rig to see the benefits of Nvidia’s chips would cost $1,000. These days, that rig could fit into a console-size body, but there’s clearly a price difference between consoles and PC gaming that means Microsoft will remain safe for now. But make no mistake, Nvidia’s GPUs make the technology Microsoft is boasting about in the Xbox Series X seem instantly obsolete.

What About Sony and the PlayStation 5?

There’s an elephant in the room I have been ignoring. Microsoft may be relatively safe from the Xbox Series X-beating tech Nvidia is creating, but the company is on less secure ground against Sony. That’s because the Japanese company will launch the PlayStation 5 (PS5) at the same time as the Series X.

Interestingly, the PS5 also pales in comparison to the Nvidia RTX 30 GPUs, while it is even less powerful than the Xbox Series X. However, Sony is heading into the next generation of consoles on winning ground.

The PS4 dominated the Xbox One through the eighth generation. In fact, it was not even a competition, becoming one of the clearest hardware victories we have ever seen in the gaming market. There’s little reason to doubt Sony won’t continue this hot streak with the PS5.

Certainly, the signs are there that the PS5 will beat Xbox Series X in terms of sales. Firstly, many markets around the world still favor the PlayStation brand over Xbox. If those markets stay loyal, Microsoft won’t compete just from sales in the United States and the United Kingdom (where Xbox leads).

Another clear issue is Microsoft is heading into the next era of home gaming without stellar first-party exclusives. In many ways, the success of a console is defined by what exclusive games it delivers. People can play games like Watch Dogs Legion, Call of Duty, and Fortnite on both consoles. It’s the exclusive games that entice customers.

Sony has far more games that will only be available on PlayStation and nowhere else. Microsoft has few titles that jump out at launch, especially with Halo Infinite delayed until 2021. More importantly, the term “Xbox exclusive” doesn’t really exist anymore. Microsoft’s main titles, from Halo to Forza, and from Fable to Gears for War, all now get a simultaneous release on PC.

No longer do people need to buy an Xbox to get to play Microsoft’s admittedly stellar stable of exclusive properties. Instead, they can do it on PC, and ultimately as technology becomes more affordable in the PC gaming market, that could spell the end for Xbox over the long term.

‘Oculus Rift’ drone hack merges virtual reality with real world gaming experience

Oculus Rift can now be used to pilot an actual drone – just strap on the headset-based cockpit and go crazy. Only instead of virtual hurdles, you need to watch out for real world trees and buildings.

Erik Torkel Danielsson, co-founder of Intuitive Aerial, was the first test flyer of the Oculus Rift drone contraption. It is a spying machine which carries camera mounted on top. A laptop is connected for its control assembly and WiFi Connectivity shows live video feed on the headset. A dream come true for RC freaks everywhere.

 

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Delta Six — The Cool New FPS Controller

Cheer up gamers! Your all time fantasized FPS remote controller is now a reality. That’s right, with the most popular titles of all time like Call of Duty and Battlefield you need to have this FPS controller. It changes the entire gaming experience. The product inventor David Kotkin felt that its the right time to make these FPS battles more realistic with his new gaming controller.

Delta six is like an assault rifle and is produced to give you a immersive gaming experience. It allows you to be part of the game as if you are the soldier of time. The plus point of this action based controller is that it is compatible with all the major platforms like Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Delta Six carries all of the game controls and dozens of cool features right inside the gun. You can move with your gun, change magazines, pull with your chest to hold your breath in game, recoiling of the gun when a shot is fired and much more.

If you want to support this project you can check it out at Kickstarter. Below is the video of the gun. Let us know in the comment box that how you feel about the Delta Six Controller.

Ultra Realistic Graphics, Welcome To The Future Of Gaming!

Many times, developers promised gamers that they will bring hyper-realistic graphics to gaming. Those photorealistic gaming graphics are now here. This is probably the best of what you have seen so far. A free demo is now out for Rigid Gems and a PC modder Kayssam Keilany has played that demo for us. According to him, his PC is a Core i7 with ATI Radeon HD 5870 GPU supporting DirectX 11.

These impressive graphics will surely stun you. If this is the future of gaming, it is really worth it. With new game engines like CryEngine 3.4.0 and DirectX 11, new games do tend to look ultra realistic. Sit back and enjoy the following video.

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Kinect In Future Life

No doubt kinect has revolutionized the gaming and we have counted figures where the new generation is more adaptive towards this type of gaming than remote control gaming. Its a good exercise for body as well. Now thinking out of the box what if the kinect gets more updates and versions and it gets world wide every where at every field. Now this is where the future holds! We might see kinect at every field in the future that is in medical field, for scientist, musician, studies, research projects and upto every field where one could imagine.

The good part is that this technology would be fairly cheap and will be in access to every field and every body can be amused with its use. The students will have better understandings as more 3D modelling could be easily explained by the teachers, doctors would have great ease to have the diagnosis of disease easily. So in short this technology can not only revolutionize gaming but also revolutionize world!

Take a peek at the world of kinect

Android Gaming Tablet Heads Your Way

Fan of Android Games? Well there is a stuff out there for the people having taste for Android gaming. JXD announced its new born gaming gadget JXD S7100. The company always used to assemble first copy products like PSP or portable gadgets. JXD has never been bad in catching different features from different good companies and integrating them under one hood for you. Well here is the time when they comes up with a new plan of Android gaming tablet.

The portable machine has a D-Pad, face buttons and a 7.0 inch Screen at the front. Its a 800 x 480 capacitive touch screen with a satisfactory display. Thing to admire in such a portable pack is a dual-core cortex A9 CPU with Mali 400 GPU (well thats impressive). Further more the device carries a 16 GB of internal storage with 512 MB RAM and a 2 Megapixel rear camera with the 0.3 Megapixel front facing camera. The device supports HDMI-out, USB port and it features WiFi as well. The gaming tablet runs up on previous version of Android i.e Android 2.2 Froyo.

You can download games direct from market or via downloading apk file and installing them later. The mostly android market games will allow you to interact on touch screen, for using side buttons for few games that support side buttons you have to install ROMs on your device.

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JXD carries many stole features from different platform like Google, Microsoft and Apple. Further more you have a good battery life on board to have web browsing even for 4 to 5 hours and even 10 hours of Music Playback. The JXD S7100 is priced as 139.99$ which brings all kinda good games to play with it.

iPhone Owners Play Games 14.7 Hours Per Month

As per a new Nielsen study, iPhone owners are leading the gaming pack, setting new standards for mobile game playing.

While an average mobile gamer plays for 7.8 hours a month on average, iPhone owners almost double that number, playing iOS games an average of 14.7 hours a month. If that sounds impressive, remember that a hardcore console gamer will play games for about 13-14 hours each week. Still, it is clear that smartphone gaming has gotten of age. Even Android with its rather paltry selection of games now averages 9.3 hours of play per month. Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and non-smartphones presently lag behind, averaging about 4.5 hours of play per month.

Perhaps the most significant statistics Nielsen gives are the percentages of new game downloads. As it can be seen above, Feature phone (non-smartphones) and BlackBerry users play mostly whatever games are preloaded on their phone. However, newer, more app-friendly platforms like iPhone, WP7, and Android have totally reversed this trend. The majority of gamers on these platforms are going out and discovering, then downloading games on their own. This is a very positive sign for the future of gaming on these platforms. It demonstrates that their user base is far more engaged and eager to try new things.

Top 10 Mice for Gamers and Designers

While being choosy about mice might seem more geeky than usual, but the fact is that high performance mice with huge DPIs can make a hell lot of difference to your gaming experience and can help you crop those parts of the image in photoshop that require micro-precision.

No 10. Saitek Cyborg Laser Gaming Mouse

DPI

Upto 3200

Programmable buttons

10

Response time

1 ms

This mouse with a good number of customizable options comes in at number 10. It allows you to change DPI profiles on the fly. While, initially you might find this mouse to be uncomfortable, but after a little while you would be glad that you gave this mouse some time to settle in.

No 9. Ideazon Reaper Edge Gaming Mouse

DPI

Upto 3200

Programmable buttons

7

Response time

1 ms

This mouse gives you five on the fly switchable DPI profiles and is a great mouse for gaming, with the only possible downside being the position of thumb buttons and its weight. Otherwise, this mouse features rubberized anti-slip grip and 20g acceleration for gaming domination. Capped with a $40 price tag, this is a fantastic mouse you would never regret buying.

Top 10 gaming laptops

With companies like Alienware producing some of the best performing laptops in the market, laptops are not much behind their desktop brothers. Playing games like Crysis, Splinter Cell and Bad Company 2 while on the move is now possible in its full color thanks to every improving battery life and low-power consuming processors, both GPU and CPU. Today we take a look at top 10 gaming laptops.

No 10. Hp Pavilion Hdx16-1040us

Display 16 inch
Processor 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM 4GB DDR3
Hard Disk 320 GB
Graphics card 512 MB GeForce 9600
Weight 7.1 pounds
Price $1100

Well starting off the list is this laptop from HP. It boasts a decent GeForce 9600 and its battery gives you around 4 hours of computing time. This might not be the best gaming laptop out there, but nevertheless it is one.

No 9. HP HDX 18T

Display 18 inch HD HP Ultra Brightview Infinity glossy
Processor 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9600
RAM 4GB DDR3
Hard Disk 2x160GB
Graphics card 512 MB GeForce 9600M GT
Weight 8.7 pounds
Price $1600

This churns out pretty decent performances for today’s games, but only in non-high resolutions. The main reason behind this is obviously the videocard; the GeForce 9600M GT is quite good as far as games like, let’s say, Crysis are concerned (even this would be stretching it a bit too much). If you are looking for some good gaming power for a small price, it’s an OK choice.