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Head-to-Head: NVIDIA vs AMD – who will come out on top in 2016?

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Green or Red?

The NVIDIA vs AMD debate is as old as PC gaming itself and with new architectures and new cards from both companies – 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for PC gaming.

In this week's Head-to-Head, Reviews Editor Alastair Stevenson (@MonkeyGuru) and Editor Evan Kypreos (@EvanKypreos) battle it out in the ultimate PC graphics card showdown – but whose side are you on?

ALASTAIR SAYS…

AMD have been smart bringing out an affordable card. NVIDIA clearly has a monopoly on the high-end of the market with their latest GTX 1080 and 1070 cards, but the price-performance ratio of RX 480 is incredible and it’s an ideal first card for new PC gamers.

If raw power is what you’re after – why not put two cards in Crossfire, which would offer similar performance to a GTX 1080 at the price of a 1070?

The new Polaris architecture, Vulcan API and a host of new hardware features will make the RX 480 one of the best cards for gaming and VR.

EVAN SAYS…

If you want the best gaming experience possible, you need the GTX 1080. There’s simply no competition.

AMD isn’t even trying to compete anymore. Not only do the GTX 1080 and 1070 cards offer fantastic gaming and VR performance – with the former faster than the Titan X and 980 SLI – but NVIDIA’s excellent driver support ensures they’re always primed for the latest releases.

Alastair’s argument that AMD has been clever targeting the budget market is valid, but just wait for the mid-range GTX 1060 or 1050 cards most likely coming out later in the year before you make a decision.

Have your say in the debate above – is Nvidia top dog, or has AMD done enough to prove 2016 could be the year of the red team?

And, in case missed it, you can watch our Nvidia GTX 1080 video review below.

Nvidia GeForce 1080 video review

Who won the head-to-head? Let us know in the comments.

Thomas Michelsen

June 7, 2016, 2:23 pm

The only thing the poll shows, is how many people have incomes above and below a specific amount. It's showing a threshold, more than anything else.

200380051

June 7, 2016, 4:53 pm

"just wait for the mid-range GTX 1060 or 1050 cards most likely coming out later in the year before you make a decision" we could reverse that: wait for AMD to release Vega, and see if the 1080 remains the ultimate gaming experience.

Deadred

June 7, 2016, 9:35 pm

Easy decision for me, I don't want to open up the can of worms running dual cards can cause, so a single 1080 is the way to go in my case.

MLSCrow

June 8, 2016, 12:45 pm

It's obvious that Evan hasn't done quite as much research into the goings on of the market, as anyone that does, with an unbiased and open mind, can see that everything Alastair said is right on the money. Brilliant move by AMD, they are going to own this round of GPU competition. Either way, it's going to be a great year for gaming consumers, but AMD will surprise everyone.

Godin Intaki

June 9, 2016, 5:23 am

Not really, I plan on selling my 390's, and getting 2 480's, and will get a Vega 11 when that drops (Rage X, here I come!).

R6ex

June 13, 2016, 7:29 am

GTX 1080 is so tempting, but beyond my budget. I'm in no hurry, so will wait for AMD's Vega10 to see how competitively priced it can be. My guess is that it'll have the 1080's performance at 1070's price. ;D

Mark

November 27, 2016, 5:31 pm

All these comparisons between AMD and Nvidia make me laugh. They talk about value vs performance but never include the huge price difference between the required Freesync and Gsync monitors. I am not a fan of either company and have used products from both. For me AMD wins on value vs performance when you include the cost of the monitors. On Black Friday I purchased a 28" 4k 60hz Freesync monitor on Amazon for $250 and 2 Rx 480s for $165. That's a $580 cost which is lower than a single Nvidia 1080 card and because the monitor is 4k at 60 hz, I am only seeking 60 FPS. The Nvidia user would need to spend $600-$800 for a gsync monitor on top of the $700 Nvidia 1080 card for virtually the same 60FPS I will get. Now I will admit that if money was not an object then sure the Nvidia setup is better but it is not $700-$900 better to me. I will have a blast playing 1440p and some 4K at 60 FPS. My 2 cents...

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