Following the release of AMD’s Ryzen 7 processors and Radeon RX Series graphics cards, the manufacturer has become a more viable option for PC gamers.
Nvidia and Intel have also released powerful new hardware, and PC builders are faced with a difficult choice of which components they should put in their system.
To get an idea of the pricing difference between manufacturers, we compared the price of a gaming PC with Radeon and Ryzen hardware to a system using Intel and Nvidia components.
Nvidia vs AMD build
The GeForce GTX 1060 6GB and Radeon RX 480 8GB were used due to their similar performance and pricing, and the cheapest Ryzen 7 and Intel Core i7 processors were selected for the builds.
All pricing is taken from Wootware.
The comparison includes only the latest hardware from AMD, Nvidia, and Intel.
Nvidia PC Build
|AMD PC Build|
|Intel Core i7-7700||R5,099||AMD Ryzen 7 1700||R5,199|
|GeForce GTX 1060 6GB||R4,199||Radeon RX 480 8GB||R3,999|
|MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard||R3,365||MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard||R3,365|
|G-Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR4 RAM||R1,729||G-Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR4 RAM||R1,729|
|Samsung 850 Evo 250GB SATA SSD||R1,699||Samsung 850 Evo 250GB SATA SSD||R1,699|
|Corsair VS550 Power Supply||R771||Corsair VS550 Power Supply||R771|
|Thermaltake Versa N21 ATX Chassis||R770||Thermaltake Versa N21 ATX Chassis||R770|
|Total Price||R17,623||Total Price||R17,523|
As you can see, there is R100 separating the AMD system and the Nvidia-Intel build.
Each of the systems has its own advantages and disadvantages, as Intel’s Core i7 processors have been shown to yield better overall gaming performance than AMD’s new Ryzen 7 processors.
However, AMD’s Ryzen 7 chips boast 16 threads and significantly better performance in multi-threaded processing applications.
The Radeon RX 480 8GB and GeForce GTX 1060 6GB are similar in overall performance, but each have their own strengths.
While the GeForce GTX 1060 is marginally better in DirectX 11 games and boasts better performance in games with GameWorks features, the Radeon RX 480 8GB shows promising results in games with DirectX 12 and Vulkan support.
Both the AMD and Nvidia builds are similar in price and performance, leaving gamers free to make hardware purchasing decisions based on their workload or which manufacturers they prefer.