Which GPU leans the least on your CPU? A new video card i – Conclusion

With a PC, upgrading the video card is a lot easier than switching to a new processor with a new motherboard. It is therefore quite possible that you equip your gaming PC with a faster video card while continuing to use the old processor for a little longer. How the video cards from Nvidia, Intel and AMD compare in such a scenario, we found out in this article.

Radeon does not require a fast processor

In summary, AMD is less dependent on the processor than Nvidia and Intel in the tested games. The Radeon RX 6700 XT shows a much smaller performance difference when the fastest processor in this comparison is replaced by the slowest. With the slowest CPU, the RX 6700 XT is even faster than the RTX 3070. So it really seems that the driver overhead from AMD is the lowest. Of the games tested, Spider-Man Remastered probably illustrates this best. That lower overhead is also reflected in the energy consumption, which is most striking with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. If you have a slightly older game system and are considering a GPU upgrade, you will get the most out of your investment with a Radeon card.

GeForce doesn’t just go to work

Where the RX 6700 XT benefits relatively little from faster processors, the opposite applies to the RTX 3070. A slow CPU does not exactly cheer the GeForce camp, but a really fast gaming processor such as the Ryzen 7 5800X3D can help the RTX 3070 considerably. In all tested games, the RTX 3070 is the fastest video card of the three at ultra settings.

A step back to the Ryzen 5 5600 is sometimes quick enough, as The Callisto Protocol and F1 show. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, however, the RX 6700 XT comes out on par with the RTX 3070, and in Spider-Man Remastered, the AMD card is even faster. The last two games do not necessarily have a preference for Radeon hardware, since the RTX 3070 in combination with the 5800X3D remains the fastest there too.

Arc driver hangs on the cpu

The Intel Arc A770 produces results that differ per game and graphical setting. In The Callisto Protocol on ultra, the Arc does not scale any further than a Ryzen 5 3600. Moreover, Intel’s performance is not that far from AMD’s. However, in F1 we ​​see low frame rates compared to the competition, and this scales with faster processors, which is an indication that the driver is not exactly cooperative. The A770 seems to be held back mainly by the slowest processor, and at the same time sees relatively little improvement with the fastest CPU that we have included in the comparison.

With this article we have tried to provide more insight into the performance of the mentioned three video cards with four different processors varying in speed. Due to this considerable number of hardware combinations, the number of tested games has remained limited, and they all run on DirectX 12. In addition, only Ryzen processors have been tested for this article. For a follow-up article, we therefore also want to take a closer look at Intel processors and DirectX 11 games, to find out what the relationship is between Nvidia, Intel and AMD. Do you have any DX11 game suggestions you’d like to see featured? Let me know in the comments.

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