NVIDIA and AMD graphics card Comparative
NVIDIA and AMD graphics card Comparative
NVIDIA and AMD have carried out a profound renovation of their graphics card catalog over the last few months, thanks to the introduction of the new series GeForce RTX 30 and Radeon RX 6000, although the deployment, and publication, of the main models of these new generations is much more delayed than expected. This is due, as you may have imagined, to the crisis in the semiconductor market, and it happens that, under normal conditions, NVIDIA and AMD should now have announced almost their entire portfolio of new generation models, and yet , we still have essential absences.
For example, on the NVIDIA side, 2 are missing graphics cards long-awaited, the GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti, 2 resolutions that reached the portable field, but still do not have a version for desktop PCs. In the AMD situation, we are still waiting for the company to release next-generation graphics cards. with a really affordable price, while at this precise moment the much more "economical" thing on the market is the Radeon RX 6700 XT, whose suggested retail price is 489.99 euros.
Update 2022: We have introduced the latest news from NVIDIA and AMD to support this guide every day. From this moment you will find those long-awaited models, the GeForce RTX 3050 and also the Radeon RX 6600 and 6500 families.
If everything goes according to plan, AMD should enlarge its catalog soon with the Radeon RX 6600 XT, and it should expand its catalog of articles with other resolutions to enlarge, more than anything else, its standard quality, among those that highlight the RadeonRX6700, which I would position above the Radeon RX 6600 XT, and the Radeon RX 6600 and RX 6500 XT. Now we have heard about them on previous occasions, but we still do not have official confirmation from AMD, so we have to wait.
I must admit that this is exactly what I had been doing, waiting to update our guide to NVIDIA and AMD graphics card equivalencies, and I had to hurry quite a bit, as the new releases of the two companies arrived with some delay and in much longer periods of time than usual. This, together with the situation that the field of general consumption graphics cards has experienced, whose availability was practically nil for the reasons that we have seen in this article, made me feel that, in addition to this, there never seemed to be a good time to update that guide.
Well, and for what reason at this time? Since very simple, by the fact that we find ourselves beginning to know the light at the end of the tunnel, due to the fact that probably in a few months now we will finally be able to start getting NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards at their regular price, and due to the fact that I know several customers are going to require a equivalence guide trustworthy and also fair-minded to help you select your next graphics card.
AMD Nvidia Graphics Equivalence – Essential Changes Guide: NVIDIA and AMD Graphics Cards Left Unsupported
NVIDIA and AMD left this year no support for a significant number of graphics cards, so I have decided to carry out cleaning and change the classic format of the equivalence guide to use a much more updated and much truer one.
I understand that many more than one of our readers may still be prepared to resort to those models that, despite not having support, continue to offer excellent performance in various games. I understand it, and I respect it, and for this reason I tell you that if you need information and equivalencies on old graphics cards, you just have to follow this link that will take you directly to the guide that we published in 2020. In it you will have an equivalence relation that covers from the GeForce 8000 GT and Radeon HD 3000 to the GeForce GTX 700-Radeon R9 Fury X.
Before getting into the matter, I want to remind you that the graphics cards that were left without support this year by NVIDIA and AMD are the next:
- NVIDIA: GeForce GTX 600 and GTX 700 series based on the Kepler architecture, which means that the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti are not included, since they are based on the first generation Maxwell architecture, and therefore will continue to be supported.
- amd: Radeon RX 200, RX 300 and Radeon RX Fury-Fury X series.
NVIDIA vs AMD Graphics Card Comparison 2022 – Key Technologies and Their Use in NVIDIA vs AMD Graphics Cards
The arrival of new generations of graphics cards by NVIDIA and AMD always marked essential advances in terms of wild capacity. The generational jumps have the possibility of being approximately marked, but they were always evident, and many times they were accompanied by the introduction of new technologies, new APIs and new functionalities that have tolerated other essential advances.
Over the years, the APIs that seemed revolutionary at the time became obsolete, and the technologies that marked a point of change they have ended up giving way to others that managed to leave us with our mouths open. Legacy APIs, such as DirectX 9 and DirectX 10, have fallen into a situation of practically total abandonment, and it is perfectly normal, since they have no value to suggest today. DirectX 11 is still a widely used API, fortunately it continues to give way to other better lists to suggest, in a perfect way, a successful use of the latest technologies in the field, and much more advanced hardware.
DirectX 12 is among the most widely used APIs today, and one of the most prominent. It is ready to accept a successful use of multi-threaded processors, and works with a number of graphics cards, ranging from the GeForce GTX 400-Radeon HD 7000 to much more recent models. However, the level of support is not exactly the same in each and every one of the graphics cards, and only much more recent graphics resolutions have the possibility of exploiting, seriously, the entire group of functionalities that DirectX 12, popular as level 12_1. To serve as an example, the GTX 400 they only take advantage of it at level 11_0, and the GTX ten hold it at its level 12_1.
I know what you think, if the GTX 10 supports DirectX 12 at its 12_1 level, then why did I say that only much more recent graphics card models offer finished support? Since this API received an essential revision, famous as DirectX 12 Ultimate, which added key feature highlights, such as variable rate shader, mesh shaders, ray tracing, and DirectStorage, which are only supported on Radeon RX 6000 and RTX 20-series or 30-series graphics cards.
Another cool API that has very wide support is vulkan, famous for being Mantle's spiritual successor. We are talking about a low-level API that is supported on NVIDIA GTX 600 and higher graphics cards, and on AMD Radeons HD 7000 and above, and which has shown that it can find a high level of optimization while maintaining a technically impressive finish. has been employed in titles as popular, and well optimized, as DOOM Eternal, to serve as an example. Both DirectX 12 and Mantle have optimal support for NVIDIA and AMD graphics.
I have loved to communicate with us this previous breakdown so that you are clear about the relevance of distinguishing between limited support for DirectX 12, and full support for DirectX 12, introducing the specifications of the "Ultimate" revision, since these are called to mark the future of games for video consoles in the short and medium term. A GTX 1080 Ti may offer a lot more wild power than a GeForce RTX 2060, but the latter works with DirectX 12 Ultimate, has greater support at the driver level, and if we introduce in the equation the value of NVIDIA DLSS, which we talked about several times, we would realize that it is a much more attractive purchase.
In this equivalence guide we are going to limit ourselves to reflecting the equivalence of each model starting from a very simple base, its barbaric capacity in raster, but so that you have a much truer vision of the value that each model gives, we are going to point out, when necessary, the value technologies that each of them brings, and other characteristics that are worth taking into consideration, such as the existence of specialized hardware to accelerate ray tracing or AI (artificial intelligence).
NVIDIA and AMD graphics card equivalencies: GeForce GTX 700, GTX 900 and GTX ten series
As we have anticipated, we remove from this update of our equivalence guide each and every one of the graphics cards that became "legacy" resolutions, and that are not supported by NVIDIA and AMD. If you continue to need information about them, do not worry, as I have previously corrected you, you just have to ask for the 2020 guide to locate a complete equivalence list. That equivalence ratio is not going to change for the moment, so its validity is persistent.
In this first section, we are going to focus on showing you a list of equivalent graphics cards based on the GeForce GTX 700 that are still supported, the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti, the GTX 900 and the GTX ten. All three support DirectX 12, albeit to different levels, are compatible with Vulkan and do not have specialized hardware to speed up ray tracing. Of the three generations, the GTX ten are the ones that continue to offer the best performance today, in truth the GTX 1080 Ti is still able to play games in 4K without problems.
First-gen Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 700
- GTX 750: Performs slightly better than a GT 1030. In the AMD situation it provides performance on par with the AMD RX 550.
- GTX 750TI: surpasses the GT 1030 but has no direct equivalence. It also performs much more than an RX 550 and has no direct equivalence in the latest generations of AMD.
GeForce GTX 900 based on Maxwell 2nd generation
- GTX 950: its much closer equivalence is the GTX 1050, but it does not reach the level of that one. The kind of AMD much closer in performance is the Radeon RX460.
- gtx 960: In such a case, its much closer equivalent would be the GTX 1050 TI, but the GTX 960 performs somewhat less. The 4 GB graphics memory model has aged better than the 2 GB model, keep that in mind.
- GTX 970: a very common solution that still performs quite well. It falls between a 3 GB GTX 1060 and a 6 GB GTX 1060. Your like in cards AMD graphics It would be the 4 GB Radeon RX 480, although in certain cases it may perform a little less due to drivers.
- gtx 980: It is practically on the same level as a 6 GB GTX 1060, although in certain cases it manages to surpass it. The closest thing AMD has is the 8GB RX 580.
- GTX 980TI: A graphics solution that still provides enormous capacity. At deposit frequencies, it performs somewhat less than the GTX 1070, although with an overclock it can easily exceed it. In the graphics card situation from AMD there is something left under the Radeon RX Vega 56.
GeForce GTX 10 based on Pascal
- GTX1050: performs practically like a GTX 960. On the AMD side, it is equivalent to an RTX 460-560.
- GTX 1050TI: Its performance is above the GTX 960, but below the GTX 970-RX 570.
- GTX 1060 3GB: Its performance is similar to that of a GTX 970. It performs a little less than the RX 570.
- GTX 1060 6GB: Slightly lower performance than a GTX 980. It's also slightly lower than the 8GB Radeon RX 580.
- GTX 1070: As a general rule, it performs a bit much more than the GTX 980 TI, and it is a bit under the RX Vega 56.
- GTX 1070TI: surpasses the GTX 980 TI. Its performance is somewhat above the Radeon RX Vega 56.
- GTX 1080: It performs a bit more than the RTX 2060. It is also a bit stronger than the Radeon RX Vega 64.
- GTX 1080TI: It is approximately at the level of the RTX 2070 Super. It performs a bit much more than the Radeon VII.
NVIDIA and AMD graphics card Comparison: Radeon RX 400, Radeon RX 500 and Vega series
These graphics cards are still supported by AMD, a situation that we do not expect to change in the short or medium term, and they generally offer quite good performance. They also support DirectX 12, beyond that they are limited to level 12_0, and are compatible with Vulkan.
Lower models, such as RX460 and RX560, continue to offer decent performance at 1080p resolutions, and the 4GB editions still have plenty of life ahead of them, as long as we're not being particularly rigorous. On the contrary, the RX470, RX570 and higher, they offer a much higher performance and are perfectly executable options in 1080p, and even have the possibility of playing 1440p games if we adjust the level of graphic quality.
Radeon RX 400, RX 500, and Radeon RX Vega, based on the Polaris architecture and the Vega architecture
- RadeonRX550X: It doesn't have a direct counterpart, but it ranks somewhat above NVIDIA's GTX 750.
- Radeon RX 460-560: They are precisely equivalent to an NVIDIA GTX 1050, despite the fact that the 4 GB models have aged much higher.
- Radeon RX470-RX570: They offer a performance similar to that of a 3 GB GTX 1060-GTX 970 from NVIDIA. The 8 GB models offer a superior experience in certain games.
- Radeon RX 480-RX 580: Its performance is very similar to that of the GTX 1060 6 GB-GTX 980, although the 8 GB editions offer a superior experience in certain games.
- RadeonRX590: it performs on a 6 GB GTX 1060, but under a GTX 1070. It has aged really well, both due to drivers and its 8 GB of graphics memory.
- Radeon RX Vega 56: It performs midway between the GTX 1070 and the GTX 1070 TI. It has aged really well at the driver level.
- Radeon RX Vega 64: They subtly position themselves under the GTX 1080, and they have also aged really well thanks to their good support at the driver level.
- Radeon VII: It was AMD's much stronger graphics card at the time, and it has also received excellent driver support, but its performance is lower than that of a GTX 1080 Ti.
NVIDIA vs. AMD Graphics Card Comparison : A look at recent models
In this category we include recent graphics cards, that is, those that still sell NVIDIA and AMD, whether in whole or in part. This means that this category includes the Radeon RX 5000 series, the Radeon RX 6000 series, the GeForce RTX 20, the GeForce GTX 16 and the GeForce RTX 30.
Of each and every one of the models that we have mentioned, the Radeon RX 6000 series, the GeForce RTX 20 series and the GeForce RTX 30 series are the only graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD that propose full DirectX 12 Ultimate support, since they are the only ones that have support for their functionalities, introducing hardware ray tracing acceleration, which makes them the most attractive options, and with the longest useful life, on the market. In this sense, NVIDIA's graphic resolutions have some virtue thanks to DLSS, a unique technology that only works on the RTX 20 and RTX 30, since it runs, and does it faster, on its tensor cores.
Equivalences of the AMD Radeon RX 5000 and Radeon RX 6000
- Radeon RX 5500 XT: performs at the level of an RX 580-GTX 980 or GTX 1650 Super. Hold FSR.
- Radeon RX 5600 XT: its performance is somewhat above the Radeon RX Vega 56 and is practically at the level of a GTX 1070 Ti. Hold FSR.
- RadeonRX5700: yields somewhat over the GTX 1080-RTX 2060. Holds FSR.
- Radeon RX 5700 XT: its performance is superior to that of an RTX 2070 and is close to the Radeon VII. Hold FSR.
- Radeon RX6500XT: it provides a performance similar to that of the Radeon RX 5500 XT, and also lower than that of a Radeon RX 590. Its much closer counterpart on the NVIDIA side is the GTX 1650 Super. It does faster ray tracing, but its performance is low enough to deal with that technology in almost all situations. Hold FSR.
- RadeonRX6600: It is a model that thinks an essential jump in front of the previous one, and that performs practically at the same level as the RTX 2060 Super in rasterization, but lacks the value of DLSS. It does faster ray tracing and works with FSR. It is a bit much slower than the RTX 3060.
- Radeon RX6600XT: a much stronger version of the previous one that performs practically at the same level as the RTX 2070 Super in rasterization, although it also lacks the value that DLSS gives. It does faster ray tracing, holds FSR, and is a bit stronger than the RTX 3060.
- Radeon RX6700XT: It performs slightly better than an RTX 3060 Ti, but it performs worse in ray tracing and lacks the value of DLSS. It does faster ray tracing and supports FSR.
- RadeonRX6800: its performance is slightly better than the RTX 3070 Ti, but it performs worse in ray tracing and lacks the value of DLSS. It does faster ray tracing and supports FSR.
- Radeon RX6800XT: It has a performance very close to that of an RTX 3080, although it is inferior in 4K, it performs worse in ray tracing and lacks the value of DLSS. It does faster ray tracing and supports FSR.
- Radeon RX6900XT: It falls between the RTX 3080 and the RTX 3080 Ti, although it performs worse than the RTX 3080 in ray tracing and lacks the value that DLSS provides. It does faster ray tracing and supports FSR.
Equivalences of the GeForce GTX 16, GeForce RTX 20 and GeForceRTX30
- GTX1650: it performs much more than the 4 GB Radeon RX 560, but less than an RX 570.
- GTX 1650 Super: it performs a bit much more than the Radeon RX 580, but less than the RX 590.
- GTX1660: it performs much more than the Radeon RX 590, but less than a Radeon RX Vega 56.
- GTX 1660 Super: it is an advanced version of the previous one, with much faster memory, which performs only slightly less than a Radeon RX Vega 56.
- GTX 1660Ti: it provides virtually identical performance to the previous one, which puts it in almost exactly the same league as the Radeon RX Vega 56.
- RTX2060: it performs somewhat less than the GTX 1080. Its performance is similar to that of a Radeon RX Vega 64, but it does faster ray tracing and supports DLSS.
- RTX 2060 Super: This model surpasses the GTX 1080 and is much stronger than the Radeon RX 5700. It does faster ray tracing and supports DLSS.
- RTX 2070: Positioned between the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1080 TI. It performs somewhat less than the Radeon RX 5700 XT. It does faster ray tracing and supports DLSS.
- RTX 2070 Super: An advanced version of the previous one, which is practically at the level of a GTX 1080 TI, and which surpasses the Radeon VII. It does faster ray tracing and supports DLSS.
- RTX2080: it surpasses the GTX 1080 TI and the Radeon VII. It does faster ray tracing and supports DLSS.
- RTX 2080 Super: It is also an advanced version of the previous one that provides slightly lower performance than the NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti and the AMD RX 6700 XT. It does faster ray tracing and supports DLSS.
- RTX 2080TI: this model was found in the range at the time. It's much stronger than the Radeon RX 6700 XT, and plays pretty much on the same level as the RTX 3070. It does faster ray tracing and handles DLSS.
- RTX3050: the first "XX50" series graphics card for desktop with dedicated hardware to speed ray tracing and DLSS support. It performs a bit much more than the GTX 1660 Ti, and a bit less than the RTX 2060.
- RTX3060: it is a standard quality graphics card that performs practically at the same level as the RX 5700 XT, and the RTX 2070. It does faster ray tracing and supports DLSS.
- RTX 3060Ti: We're looking at a standard-high quality model that performs slightly better than the RTX 2080 Super, and performs slightly less than AMD's RX 6700 XT. It does faster ray tracing and supports DLSS.
- RTX3070: this graphics card surpasses the RX 6700 XT, but falls behind AMD's RX 6800. Nor is it forcefully imposed on the RTX 2080 Ti. It does faster ray tracing and supports DLSS.
- RTX 3070 Ti: This model is only a tad behind the Radeon RX 6800. The difference between the two is minimal. It does faster ray tracing and supports DLSS.
- RTX3080: a very strong graphics card, which is somewhat much stronger than the Radeon RX 6800 XT. It does faster ray tracing and supports DLSS.
- RTX 3080Ti: this model positions itself somewhat above the Radeon RX 6900 XT, but is a tad behind the RTX 3090. It does faster ray tracing and supports DLSS.
- RTX3090: it is the much stronger solution out there on the general consumer market. It performs somewhat better than the RTX 3080 Ti. It does faster ray tracing and supports DLSS.
AMD Nvidia Graphics Equivalency – Final Notes: A Look at the Suggested Costs of Recent NVIDIA and AMD Graphics Cards
Several of you have asked us to take advantage of this guide to bring some order to the chaos of costs that dominates the market today, and we will not disappoint you. To avoid confusion, I have preferred to contemplate this topic in a section without dependency, and I'm going to limit myself to touching the prices of the recent models, since in the situation of the Radeon RX 5000 series and RTX 2000 series, it has been a long time since the two families arrived on the market, and the suggested costs are not only now unreliable, but also not an acceptable option.
However, if you have any questions because you are thinking of exploiting the moment the market collapses to try to obtain a second-hand graphics card, nothing happens, you can leave it in the comments and I will assist you in everything that is possible, as always and at all times. Keep in mind that the suggested costs are for the reference models, which means that it may be fair to pay a little more for models with customized designs, but without falling into absurd excesses and without any sense. Without further ado, let's take a look at those official costs of NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards:
AMD RX 6000 graphics cards
- Radeon RX6500XT: has a suggested price of 200 euros. I would not buy it directly, and I would go for a higher model or a second-hand Radeon RX 580-RX 5500 XT.
- RadeonRX6600: its suggested price is €339.99. It is not acceptable to pay much more than 270 euros for it on the second-hand market.
- Radeon RX6600XT: It has a suggested price of €389.99. Second-hand, we should not pay much more than 330-350 euros.
- Radeon RX6700XT: its suggested price is €489.99. Second-hand it would be fair to pay about 400 euros, at most.
- RadeonRX6800: its suggested price is €599.99. If we can find it second-hand, we could fearlessly pay about 500 euros for it.
- Radeon RX6800XT: It has a suggested price of €699.99. Second-hand, we could pay for it up to a maximum of approximately 600 euros.
- Radeon RX6900XT: in such a case, its suggested price is €1,099.90, so we could pay for it, in the second-hand market, between 900 and 950 euros.
NVIDIA RTX 30 graphics cards
- RTX3050: the suggested value of this model is 279 euros. It would not be worth paying much more than 210 euros for it second hand.
- RTX3060: its suggested price is €335. You should not pay much more than 270 euros for it second hand.
- RTX 3060Ti: It has a suggested price of €419. On the second-hand market, it should start at about 350 euros, at most.
- RTX3070: Its suggested retail price is €519. In the second-hand market, a fair value would be around 450 euros.
- RTX 3070 Ti: has a suggested price of €619, and it was released recently, so it will be very difficult to find second-hand entities. However, in the second-hand market it would be fair to pay up to 550 euros for it.
- RTX3080: its suggested price is €719, but it is a highly sought-after graphics card, so paying about 650 euros for it on the second-hand market is fair, as long as it has not been used for mining.
- RTX 3080Ti: its suggested price is €1,199, and it was released recently, so it will be very difficult to get second-hand entities. If we found it, it would be fair to pay around 1,050-1,000 euros for it.
- RTX 3090: This graphics card has a suggested retail price of €1,549. Second-hand, it should be around 1,400 euros.