NVIDIA vs AMD – A Relative Performance of Two Dominant GPU manufacturers

in on June 30, 2021

When it comes to computer graphics, two behemoths, NVIDIA and AMD, reign supreme. NVIDIA has been around since 1993, when it was founded with the goal of capitalising on computer graphics technology. Since then, the company has become known for its GeForce and Integrated Graphics lines of graphics cards (for desktops) (more compact solutions, often for laptops).

AMD is NVIDIA’s main competitor in these areas. AMD, which was founded in 1969, used to focus on CPUs, or central processing units. However, AMD has been producing graphics cards and chipsets in competition with NVIDIA since 2006, when it acquired the graphics card company ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute).

Nvidia released the RTX 3080 and Ampere architecture last year, bringing new levels of performance, faster ray tracing and tensor operations, and increased bandwidth thanks to GDDR6X.

AMD’s RX 6800 XT and RDNA2 architecture arrived a few months later, bringing AMD’s first foray into ray tracing and a relatively large 128MB Infinity Cache to help improve effective bandwidth.

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