Graphic Cards by Nvidia or AMD, which one is for you?

AMD or Nvidia GPULooking for the right video card these days can be a challenge since there is so much to chose from!  AMD has made some serious awesome cards in 2020 with their RX 5700 XT series graphics card  and the RX 5600 XT which hit the sweet spot for Ultimate 1080p gaming.  While their 1080p and 1440p performance is top notch and the aggressive pricing is attractive to buyers, Nvidia has an edge with other features such as RTX support in the latest game titles.  Now we have the Radeon RX 6700 XT and RX 6800 available from etailers/retailers and on AMD.com with an pricepoint of $479 USD and $900 USD, respectively.  However, with the latest release of the RTX 3060 Ti for aprox $450 and the RTX 3060 for $360 USD that puts it at a optimum price point for the performance it provides (see my review /benchmarks here).

Powered by AMD RDNA 2 architecture, the Radeon RX 6800 Series balances high quality visuals with exceptional performance. RDNA 2 offers a number of innovations, including applying advanced power saving techniques to high-performance compute units to improve energy efficiency by up to 30 percent per cycle per compute unit. It also includes new AMD Infinity Cache technology offering up to 2.4X greater bandwidth-per-watt compared to GDDR6-only RDNA-based architectural designs.

Dont get me wrong, if you want the latest 4K gaming with RTX enabled, look at the GeForce RTX 3080 and the RX 6800 if cost is not an issue.  Problem is lately GPU's have been scare and out of stock, so make sure you put yourself on the auto notify list.

Here are the specifications for the latest Nvidia RTX Gen 2 30 Series GPU's and the lastest AMD RX 6000 series:

GeForce RTX
3090
GeForce RTX
3080
GeForce RTX
3070
GeForce RTX
3060 Ti
GPU Engine Specs: NVIDIA CUDA Cores 10496 8704 5888 4864
Boost Clock (GHz) 1.70 1.71 1.73 1.67
Memory Specs: Standard Memory Config 24 GB GDDR6X 10 GB GDDR6X 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Interface Width 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Technology Support: Ray Tracing Cores 2nd Generation 2nd Generation 2nd Generation 2nd Generation
Tensor Cores 3rd Generation 3rd Generation 3rd Generation 3rd Generation
NVIDIA Architecture Ampere Ampere Ampere Ampere
Microsoft DirectX 12 Ultimate Yes Yes Yes Yes
NVIDIA DLSS Yes Yes Yes Yes
PCI Express Gen 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
NVIDIA GeForce Experience Yes Yes Yes Yes
NVIDIA Ansel Yes Yes Yes Yes
NVIDIA FreeStyle Yes Yes Yes Yes
NVIDIA ShadowPlay Yes Yes Yes Yes
NVIDIA Highlights Yes Yes Yes Yes
NVIDIA G-SYNC® Yes Yes Yes Yes
Game Ready Drivers Yes Yes Yes Yes
NVIDIA Studio Drivers Yes Yes Yes Yes
NVIDIA GPU Boost Yes Yes Yes Yes
NVIDIA NVLink (SLI-Ready) Yes
Vulkan RT API, OpenGL 4.6 Yes Yes Yes Yes
HDMI 2.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
DisplayPort 1.4a Yes Yes Yes Yes
NVIDIA Encoder 7th Generation 7th Generation 7th Generation 7th Generation
NVIDIA Decoder 5th Generation 5th Generation 5th Generation 5th Generation
VR Ready Yes Yes Yes Yes
Display Support: Maximum Digital Resolution 7680×4320 7680×4320 7680×4320 7680x4320
Standard Display Connectors HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Multi Monitor 4 4 4 4
HDCP 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3
Founders Edition Card Dimensions: Length 12.3″ (313 mm) 11.2″ (285 mm) 9.5″ (242 mm) 9.5" (242 mm)
Width 5.4″ (138 mm) 4.4″ (112 mm) 4.4″ (112 mm) 4.4" (112 mm)
Height 3-Slot 2-Slot 2-Slot 2-Slot
Founders Edition Thermal Power Specs: Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 93 93 93 93
Graphics Card Power (W) 350 320 220 200
Recommended System Power (W) 750 750 650 600
Supplementary Power Connectors 2x PCIe 8-pin 2x PCIe 8-pin 1x PCIe 8-pin 1x PCIe 8-pin
  RX 6700 XT RX 6800 XT RX 6900 XT
GPU Navi 22 Navi 21 Navi 21
Interface PCI Express 4.0 PCI Express 4.0 PCI Express 4.0
GPU cores 2,560 stream processors 4,608 stream processors 5,120 stream processors
Ray tracing cores 40 72 80
Base clock 2,321 MHz 1,825 MHz 1,825 MHz
Game clock 2,424 MHz 2,015 MHz 2,015 MHz
Boost clock 2,581 MHz 2,250MHz 2,250MHz
Memory 12GB GDDR6 + 96MB Infinity Cache 16GB GDDR6 + 128MB Infinity Cache 16GB GDDR6 + 128MB Infinity Cache
Memory bus 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Bandwidth 384GBps 512GBps 512GBps
TDP 230W 300W 300W

Below we have a list of video cards PCWizKid has reviewed in the past that you might think about upgrading towards in the near future.  While I have considered the RTX 3060Ti to be a great perfromer for its price, there is always a sweat spot for each GPU and a and limit of what they each can offer.   The range starts from entry level cards first such as the RTX 3060, then mainstream single GPU like a RX 6700 to high end enthusiast like a RTX 3090or RX6900 GPU graphics. 

  • EVGA RTX 3060Ti vs 2080 Super
    EVGA RTX 3060Ti vs 2080 Super
  • RTX 2080 Super Review
    RTX 2080 Super Review
  • RTX 2070 Review
    RTX 2070 Review
  • RTX 2060 SUPER Review
    RTX 2060 SUPER Review
  • EVGA RTX 2060 XC Review
    EVGA RTX 2060 XC Review
  • RX 5500 XT Review
    RX 5500 XT Review

This chart shows the latest Desktop PC GPU hierarchy from the most recent 2020-2021 graphics cards.  I have here a top 20 list (yes there are many more) but this list contains the most commonly purchased graphics cards for today's home/gaming PC and more.

 Graphics Card NameGPUBase/BoostMemoryPower (Watts)Latest Deal/Price (USD)
Nvidia Geforce RTX 3090 GA102 1395/1695 Mhz 24GB GDDR6X 350W EVGA RTX 3090 FTW3
Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080 GA102 1440/1710 Mhz 10GB GDDR6X 320W EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3
Nvidia Titan RTX TU102 1350/1770 MHz 24GB GDDR6 280W Titan RTX
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti TU102 1350/1635 MHz 11GB GDDR6 260W Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 GA104 1500/1725 Mhz 8GB GDDR6 220W EVGA RTX 3070 XC3
Nvidia Geforce RTX 3060 Ti GA104 1410/1665 Mhz 8GB GDDR6 200W EVGA RTX 3060 Ti XC
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super TU104 1650/1815 MHz 8GB GDDR6 250W GeForce RTX 2080 Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 TU104 1515/1800 MHz 8GB GDDR6 225W GeForce RTX 2080
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super TU104 1605/1770 MHz 8GB GDDR6 215W GeForce RTX 2070 Super
Nvidia Titan X GP102 1405/1480 MHz 12GB GDDR5X 250W GeForce GTX Titan X
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GP102 1480/1582 MHz 11GB GDDR5X 250W Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
AMD Radeon VII Vega 20 1400/1750 MHz 16GB HBM2 300W Radeon VII
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Navi 10 1605/1905 MHz 8GB GDDR6 225W AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 TU106 1410/1710 MHz 8GB GDDR6 185W GeForce RTX 2070
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super TU106 1470/1650 MHz 8GB GDDR6 175W GeForce RTX 2060 Super
AMD Radeon RX 5700 Navi 10 1465/1725 MHz 8GB GDDR6 185W AMD Radeon RX 5700
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GP104 1607/1733 MHz 8GB GDDR5X 180W Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Navi 10 1560/1620 MHz 6GB GDDR6 150W Radeon RX 5600 XT
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Vega 10 1274/1546 MHz 8GB HBM2 295W Radeon RX Vega 64
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 TU106 1365/1680 MHz 6GB GDDR6 160W Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 FE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Vega 10 1156/1471 MHz 8GB HBM2 210W Radeon RX Vega 56
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GP104 1607/1683 MHz 8GB GDDR5 180W GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti TU116 1365/1680 MHz 6GB GDDR6 120W GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GP104 1506/1683 MHz 8GB GDDR5 150W Nvidia GTX 1070
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super TU116 1530/1785 MHz 6GB GDDR6 125W GeForce GTX 1660 Super


Below I have a video playlist with recent generations of graphics cards and a variety of older GPU's also to compare against.  Make an informative decision by seeing for yourself the benchmarks and performance results PCWizKid has recorded for you.