Up For Debate - Is there still a Green vs Red GPU camp?

Written by Chad Norton on Sat, Oct 31, 2020 5:00 PM

Now we don’t visit this debate very often as we don’t want to encourage mindless fanboyism, but we are interested in exploring if the manufacturer loyalty has diminished as we all get wiser and look to buy whatever works for us at the moment, or do we still have loyal hardware camps?

This is all the more relevant now that AMD has stomped the market with their recent Radeon RX 6000 GPU reveal, seemingly taking on Nvidia’s competition and even sometimes exceeding it in traditional rasterization performance - in part thanks to some nifty technology called Rage Mode and Smart Access Memory.

But the main factor here is that Nvidia has struggled to keep up with demand, selling out the RTX 30 series like hotcakes within seconds after launch. This has understandably struck a nerve with consumers who just want to buy the next new graphics card, but will supposedly have to wait until 2021 to be in for a decent chance at getting one.

AMD on the other hand, seemingly has a better grip on stock at the moment, determined for the RX 6000 launch to not be a ‘paper launch’. But the fact is that if AMD has stock whilst Nvidia doesn’t, many of us will choose to go with the red team instead.

In an article last week we posed the question: would you consider switching to AMD if you couldn't get an RTX 30 GPU? To which a resounding 84% of you said yes compared to only 16% who said no. That’s a ratio of 5:1 in favor of switching to AMD, and that was before they announced the Radeon RX 6000 cards.

Then again, with Intel breaking into the graphics card market, maybe we'll see the rise of a blue GPU camp. Who knows?

So what do you think? Is there still a Green and Red GPU camp? Or have we gotten wiser and decide to choose whatever works for us at the moment instead? And will you be switching to an AMD card if you can’t get an RTX 30 GPU? Let's debate!

Is there still a Green vs Red GPU camp?

Which camp are you in?

Are you loyal to any brands in particular? Regardless of graphics cards?

Will you switch to AMD if you can't get an RTX 30 GPU?

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Most definitely, you see this debate every time a new card is announced. Honestly I go with whatever is on sale. Though since I've had a good experience so far I'd say I'm more leaning towards team Red.

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19:32 Oct-31-2020

I'm against both camps when they do bad things, though this generation, apart from the shortages, they are doing good.

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03:23 Nov-08-2020

It really feels that everyone has access to some awesome performance. Even the consoles seem great.

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13:13 Nov-08-2020

The problem is that AMD and Intel and Nvidia have been primarily focusing on the server market and we just get server architectures and chips for the desktop.


The CPUs have really weak single-core performance. GPUs are focusing on adding professional grade instructions and features lik AI and Ray Tracing.

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19:25 Oct-31-2020

I am waiting for AMD 7xxx GPU or Nvidia 4xxx and will get the best that makes sense for my mobo. If I require a new mobo I will then buy a 2nd hand 3080ti/super instead of a whole new set up

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01:37 Nov-01-2020

Thats a really smart upgrade, most people wth a 2080ti will go for the 3000 series

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18:58 Oct-31-2020

Green, blue gang all the way.

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18:40 Oct-31-2020

Most definitely, you see this debate every time a new card is announced. Honestly I go with whatever is on sale. Though since I've had a good experience so far I'd say I'm more leaning towards team Red.

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18:33 Oct-31-2020

Getting a 3080 is so hard right now but AMD drivers scare me.


I need to think about this closer to 6000 series release

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18:38 Oct-31-2020

See I've never had issues with AMD's drivers. I've had my Rx580 for a couple years now with no issues.

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19:28 Oct-31-2020

same...... It's obvious that some people have, but I wonder of those who have, how many of them can be ruled user error or hardware compatibility issues..... maybe we've just been lucky?

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00:38 Nov-01-2020

Unluckily for me, I had the RX 5700 and I constantly get the black screen problem and the only thing that could solve it is reinstalling the drivers.


Not only that, but sometimes in games, I'll just get a black screen and I'll have to force shut down the PC to fix it.


As of now I'm back with Green but I'm not loyal to anyone.

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06:10 Nov-01-2020

I never had problems with my r9 270x or rx 480 but I have problems with my rx 5700 xt. Its definetely not that bad these days but they still have alot to fix. I get max memory clock usage 1750mhz at 75hz 1440p which makes the card idle at 30w while if I reduce this to 74hz it will consume 8w at 200mhz. I still get crashes or a restart in some games rarely might be windows or the games fault hard to say.

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19:27 Oct-31-2020

I used to have an R9 270x and it served me very well. I can't speak much about current gen, but I didn't really notice any problems and it served me well. RIP.

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00:48 Nov-01-2020

The Windows drivers were fixed within a year.

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17:44 Oct-31-2020

The last time I recall being in such a camp was pre 2000 in the Pentium 2 vs K6-2 days...... I was a huge AMD fanboy back then..... luckily I soon realized how ridiculous brand loyalty was.
Lately I tend to go more for AMD products simply because they represent a better value(for me!), but neither they nor Nvidia, nor Intel are spared my criticism when I feel they've earned it, and if ever I feel the value shoe ends up on the other foot, I'll have no qualms about switching "sides".

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