AMD vs NVIDIA GPU: Is AMD Radeon better than NVIDIA GeForce?

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In the contest to supply GPUs, AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce are the two best known brands on the market. But which one is better? Players will always be looking for something to give them the best possible performance, that little edge that can make the difference between winning and losing. So today, we'll take a look at these two titans, and see which one has their nose in front. We've compared Nvidia and AMD GPUs before. But today, we'll be looking at Radeon and GeForce, to see which one triumphs in the long-running AMD vs Nvidia battle.

This is a battle that has been raging for decades. At the moment, NVIDIA generally has a slight edge over AMD in terms of outright performance. But of course, that isn't the whole picture - price also matters. Let battle commence.

Is AMD Radeon better than NVIDIA GeForce?

The answer, as so often in these comparisons, is that it depends. There are a whole range of factors which may make one GPU 'better' than the other. The good news is that because these two brands are competing so fiercely, we're seeing the result in better GPUs for consumers to choose from. But which one is better? That will, in large part, come down to personal choice.

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AMd vs Nvidia of AMD's Radeon RX 6800 XT Chip
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But here's where we can help, by looking at things like price and performance, to see how these match up, before you make your choice.

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ANMD vs Nvidia Performance

A quick look at some GPU benchmark lists show just how good the Radeon and GeForce lines actually are. They tend to dominate the top spots in any comparison list. GeForce tends to come out with a slight edge in terms of overall scores, but this doesn't make the Radeon GPU a bad option. It's like comparing a Bugatti with a Ferrari. They're both great cars, but one will be faster than the other.

However, where Nvidia has AMD beat is in features. The Nvidia RTX line of graphics cards benefit from far better ray-tracing support. Furthermore, Nvidia's access to DLSS greatly increases performance. In the terms of the AMD vs Nvidia battle, these two features have AMD beat.

Price

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While NVIDIA may have the edge when it comes to performance, AMDM do tend to have the advantage when it comes to price, and arguably therefore, value for money. While a top GPU from either manufacturer can cost thousands, there are some great performers that come in cheaper.

As a couple of examples: the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, which is arguably the best out there, will cost you around £2000 at the moment. Compare this with the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT, which is being advertised for under £900. That's an enormous price difference, and the performance benchmarks between the two aren't that different.

Do we have a winner?

Clearly, given that there are several models within the Radeon and GeForce ranges, is is almost impossible to say which one is better. This will depend entirely on what you need your GPU to do, and how much you are willing to pay for it.

There is one clear winner though in the battle between these two manufacturers: the consumer. Because whichever one works best for you, you will be getting a great product.

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