GPU: Which is Better for You?

If you’re a gamer, then you know that only the best of the best will do – how else are you going to be gaming to your heart’s content?

Of course, for many hardcore gamers out there, bypassing consoles such as the PS4 and Xbox are a given, with gaming laptops and PCs taking precedence. Of course, one of the best ways to get the gaming console of your dream is to build one yourself. With so many places to grab all the best bits from motherboards and 3-terminal devices to batteries, putting together your own console is becoming easier and easier.

But, there’s one element that gamers will debate for all eternity – which GPU is better. This two-horse race is run between NVIDIA and AMD, and many people have their own preference. Below, we break down the debate to see which is better.

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Price and Performance

When it comes to the cost, it’s been widely known that AMD is much more affordable than its counterpart, which is known for its high-performance and high-prices.

However, when it comes to the cost, there’s less than a couple of hundred pounds between them, which isn’t too bad if you’re looking for high performance. But, it has been found that one of the more recent AMD releases performs better than the one by NVIDIA. This may be what encouraged NVIDIA to announce a cheaper card.

So, as we can see, while NVIDIA is regarded as the higher performing card, AMD is now releasing better performing ones, at a cheaper cost. Therefore, it’s quite hard to put the two against each other here based on this alone.

Software, Drivers and Features

This is where we get something a little different from the cards, which helps the NVIDIA to pull out in front a little bit.

This is because NVIDIA has Green team GeForce Experience Software, something the AMD is lacking. This then provides driver updates, and can improve the broadcast of your gameplay, while helping you capture screenshots and videos from the interface.

However, AMD has recently announced new and updated software to take on NVIDIA. This overhaul would then allow for more consistent updates, hopefully putting it a bit more in-line with the performance of the NVIDIA cards.

Summary

So, which one is better? Well, both cards both come with their pros and cons. One being cheaper, one offering better features, and both seem to be quite neck and neck when it comes to performance.

But overall, it would seem that while both are on the scene, the true winner is you, as they compete against each other to take dominance of the market, making your gaming experience better in the process.



About the Author

Ankur Shah
Ankur Shah is the founder of the Value Investing India Report, a leading independent, value oriented journal of the Indian financial markets. Ankur has more than eight years of equity research experience covering emerging markets, with a focus on India and South East Asia. He has worked as both a buy-side investment analyst for a global long/short equity hedge fund and a sell-side analyst for an emerging markets investment bank. Ankur is a graduate of Harvard Business School. You can learn more about his latest views on global markets at the Value Investing India Report. -- He can be emailed at AnkurShah47@gmail.com