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.

Different Thunderbolt Chip Spotted In MacBook Airs

The Thunderbolt ports have joined the Apple’s Thunderbolt-equipped club earlier this month as they were found on the latest MacBook Airs.

According to reports, the Thunderbolt controller found on the MacBook Air is a smaller version than the ones found on other Thunderbolt-equipped Macs so far. With other machines, Apple has been using a controller code-named Light Ridge that supports four bidirectional Thunderbolt channels and two DisplayPort outputs. However, the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models of the Air support a controller code-named Eagle Ridge, that drop it down to two bidirectional channels and one DisplayPort output.

Why the disparity? The Eagle Ridge chip’s designed for machines without discrete graphics, which includes the new Airs. In the move to Intel’s Sandy Bridge chipset, the Airs dropped the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 320M GPU in favor of Intel’s HD Graphics 3000 processor, which is assembled right into the CPU. That means the Air can still support an external screen, but not two as Apple’s 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models are able to do, hence requiring only one DisplayPort output.

NVIDIA: Macs To Run On ARM Processors Within Five Years

Netbooks have already been killed by iPad, and now it’s the turn of laptops. According to NVIDIA, the iPad might even kill off the Mac within five years replacing it with ARM-based machines that can perform even better than the speediest Intel processors.

That’s the word from NVIDIA head, Huang Jen-Hsun, who astonished a Computex crowd by announcing that his company will ship 10 million of its Tegra chips by June.

Mobile chips (based on ARM’s processor and NVIDIA’s graphics) are the company’s new line expected to do even more but use lesser power. The Tegra 3 chips will have five times better performance and is expected to come out in tablets within a few months.

Top 10 Graphics Cards

As the latest games hit the stores our PCs have been dwarfed by the mind boggling system requirements. A powerful video card is the basic requirement of hardcore gamers looking to enjoy the latest titles. Today we take a peek at the most buffed up video cards.

No 10. ATI Radeon HD 4890

ATI Radeon’s 4890 is an upgraded version of ATI 4870 featuring a brand new layout and faster clock speeds. This card was launched in April with a performance paralleled with rival Nvidia’s GTX 275 and 280. The card supports DirectX 10.1 and PCI Express 2.0 x16 bus interface. Other cool features of 4890 include Shader Model 4.1 along with accelerated physics processing. This card is priced at an affordable 243 USD.

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No 9. Nvidia Geforce GTX 465

Nvidia calls this card an adrenaline shot for a gamers PC. The 400 series card boasts the latest DirectX 11 performance and futuristic, visually stunning graphics. The card was launched with a price tag of around 280 USD. The core speed are the same as GTX 470 but features a slimmer 256 bit memory bus. GTX 465 carries 1GB of GDDR5 video memory to satisfy your appetite.

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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.

Top 10 Gaming PCs 2010

When buying a gaming PC, doing some research before investing is an essential part of the play, otherwise you might as well donate that money to charity.  An all eye-candy PC can be a real icing on the cake if you have one hell of an interior (performance wise). Usually Gaming computers are equipped with more than enough ports including USB, FireWire, headphone and microphone ports on the front of the tower which makes it easy to plug in all your gaming peripherals. These are not your typical desktops though; gaming computers incorporate style and portability so that they look as good as they perform. Here we enlist the top 10 Gaming machines of 2010.

No 10. HP Pavilion Elite

Starting Price $856
Motherboard Intel X58
Processor Intel Core i7-920 2.66GHz 1MB L2 Cache
Memory 8GB (4 x 2GB) 1066MHz DDR3
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 1GB
Audio Integrated 7.1 channel

With gaming not exactly their thing of fun HP’s Pavilion Elite starts off the proceedings at number 10. The HP Pavilion Elite HPE-180t is their best gaming PC available. You have the option to customize it before you order. At this price, you can pretty much play all the games with some settings tuned down but this machine cannot be guaranteed to working with upcoming PC titles.

No 9. Dell XPS 730x

Starting Price $1,200
Processor Intel Core i7-920 2.66GHz 1MB L2 Cache
Memory 3GB (3 x 1GB) 1066MHz DDR3
Video Card Dual NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI
Audio Integrated 7.1 channel

The XPS 730x has although taken a backseat now, but it still provides an excellent gaming experience. It may not have all the fancy stuff that Dell’s Alienware models have, but this system can pretty much digest any game you give to it. The best part being that it costs only $1200. With its Intel Core i7 920 CPU @2.66 GHz to its 750 GB hard drive it comes with an almost an ancient Windows vista.

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