As we all know, the most direct hardware that determines the frame rate and the screen quality of game is the graphics card. The mainstream graphics cards are usually produced by two major manufacturers: NVIDIA and AMD. In this post, MiniTool Partition Wizard introduces Nvidia vs AMD GPUs to you.

Company Profile


Founded in 1993, Nvidia is an American multinational technology company that designs and sells graphics processors. NVIDIA GPU is mainly divided into 6 series:

  • GeForce: This series is mainly consumer-oriented graphics processing product.
  • Quadro: This series is mainly workstation graphics processing product that is used for computer-aided design and digital content creation.
  • NVS: This series is mainly multi-display commercial graphics card.
  • Tegra: This series is mainly for mobile devices.
  • Tesla: This series is mainly used for server high-performance computer computing.
  • Nvidia Grid: This series is Nvidia’s set of hardware and services for graphics virtualization.

Among these GPUs, the most famous series is GeForce. Individuals and gamers usually buy this series of GPUs. In addition, most games will mention GeForce series when they release game requirements.

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American AMD Semiconductor Company was founded in 1969, specializing in the design and manufacture of various innovative microprocessors (CPU, GPU, motherboard chipset, TV card chip, etc.), as well as providing flash memory and low power processing solution.

AMD GPUs include various series. But so far, it most famous series is Radeon. This series is competing with Nvidia’s GeForce series.

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Nvidia vs AMD

The graphics card is the hardware that calculates the display content. Any picture we can see on the computer, and any content presented on the computer screen is “drawn” one by one by the graphics card.

When we talk about GPU performance, we should take two factors into consideration: image resolution and screen refresh rate. Image resolution is determined by the number of stream processors, while screen refresh rate is determined by the GPU clock speed.

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On the other hand, the refresh rate affects frames per second (FPS), and the higher FPS, the smoother the picture. The image resolution affects the quality of the picture, and the better the picture quality, the brighter the colors.

Comparing Nvidia and AMD GPUs, Nvidia GPUs are better in refresh rate while AMD GPUs are better in resolution. However, the FPS in games can be detected intuitively by users, while the picture quality cannot be detected so easily. The difference between them is like the following picture:

Many people think that Nvidia GPUs are smoother when playing games and therefore think that Nvidia GPUs are better than AMD GPUs. This is actually wrong. They have their own strengths.

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How to Choose GPU

When you buy a computer, most computers are integrated with a GPU. These integrated GPUs are low-performance GPUs, but they are capable of lots of ordinary tasks.

Nvidia and AMD GPUs are discrete GPUs. They can offer you better gaming experience, accelerate the speed of graphics processing software, and realize multi-screen display. But they need you to pay a lot of money for them.

If you plan to buy a discrete GPU, you should consider display interface (like HDMI, DisplayPort, etc.), GPU specifications (like the number of stream processors—also called GPU cores, clock speed, Video memory, etc.), and actual performance.

You can easily find the specifications of a GPU. As for, the actual performance of GPUs, you can refer to the GPU hierarchy of some professional evaluation websites like AnandTech GPU benchmark, PCWorld GPU ranking, PassMark GPU benchmark, and tom’s HARDWARE GPU hierarchy.

According to these rankings or hierarchies, you can find the suitable GPU to the most extent.

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