Generally keeping the same brand for connected devices is a good idea. But, if you’ve had some experience with building PCs you’ll know that various brands are completely compatible with others, and often come at a cheaper price point.
NVIDIA graphics cards are compatible with AMD motherboards and CPUs. The most cost-effective to build a high-performance computer is by pairing an AMD CPU with an AMD graphics card. But, AMD graphics cards have known driver issues, so the next best is using an AMD CPU with an NVIDIA graphics card.
There are multiple CPU and graphics card pairings that you can go for, for a new rig. Below, I will explain which combinations are possible, and which are the best. That way you can make the best decision when getting a new computer.
So, today I will explain the ins and out of using an NVIDIA graphics card (GPU) with an AMD CPU.
Will an NVIDIA Graphics Card Work with an AMD Motherboard?
When using components from different manufacturers it’s a reasonable assumption that some issues may occur. Therefore, it’s a good idea to verify whether your desired graphics card will work with your motherboard. Nvidia has a reputation for making really good graphics cards, so here’s whether an Nvidia graphics card works with an AMD motherboard.
Nvidia graphics cards are compatible with AMD motherboards. It works particularly well and there aren’t known issues. The general consensus in the gaming community is that using an Nvidia graphics card with an AMD motherboard is one of the best combinations.
Many people have reported issues with AMD drivers. This is, however, controlled by the game developers, as well as, by the developers of the AMD graphics card drivers.
GPU and motherboard combinations that work:
As you may know, AMD and Intel are the leading motherboard chipset manufacturers, and they are both highly recommended for gaming PCs. With that said, here’s a compatibility table for graphics cards and motherboards:
|Motherboard||Graphics card (GPU)||Are they compatible?|
In my opinion, if Nvidia or AMD releases a graphics card, it’s best to let the dust settle. And wait until some people do thorough testing of it, to see how it compares to the other options on the market.
Many people have reported that their AMD graphics card is unusable and have tried many different things. Whereas, others have reported that their AMD graphics card works perfectly fine without any driver issues. However, such complaints don’t exist with Nvidia.
I’ve compiled a table that shows how many people reported an issue with AMD graphics cards versus how many said it works perfectly fine:
|AMD Graphics Card Driver Issues||Yes?||No?|
|Percentage of people that said yes or no||60%||40%|
It can clearly be seen that the precentages are quite close, it’s likely that people that did encounter issues may not be as experienced with building their own rigs. Whereas, people with more experience know what they are doing, and take it as par for the course that a few minor tweaks need to be made.
However, it’s important to note that when looking for information about Nvidia driver issues nothing came up at all. And it seems driver issues are only an issue with AMD graphics cards. Some people have reported that it can be an issue unrelated to the graphics card, or that it’s the result of the so-called user error.
Driver Issues with AMD Graphics Cards (but Not with NVIDIA)
As with all electronics, there can be minor bugs, that need a workaround. But, it should be noted that this issue is limited to AMD graphics cards, and no such issue is so widely reported with Nvidia graphics cards.
The drivers for graphics cards are regularly updated, and when a new patch comes out when a widespread problem becomes apparent. Which isn’t picked up by the much smaller sample of tests performed by the driver developers.
Is It Bad to Use an AMD CPU with an NVIDIA GPU?
Most electronics manufacturers develop components that work seamlessly with each other. You may be a bit wary of using two different brands for the components on your new rig, or you may be curious whether there are any known issues with using an Nvidia graphics card (GPU), with an AMD CPU, here’s what I found.
It’s not a bad idea to use an AMD CPU with an Nvidia GPU, it is one of the most recommended GPU and CPU pairings. Other good options are an AMD CPU, an AMD GPU, and an Intel CPU with either an AMD or Nvidia GPU.
I made a pool to see how many people are convinced that pairing an AMD CPU with an Nvidia GPU is a good idea or if there’s a better combination, and here are my results:
|Question: Is using AMD CPUs with NVidia GPUs a good choice?||Yes||No||Makes no difference|
|Percentage of votes||35.7%||0.0%||64.3%|
From the data, you can see that no one said it is a bad idea, About ⅓ are convinced that it’s a very good idea, and the two-thirds of people that responded said it doesn’t matter.
The general opinion is that Nvidia graphics cards far exceeded AMD ones. In recent times, AMD has caught up to Nvidia and their graphics cards are at a similar price point and comparable performance.
As a final check make sure you’ve got everything right and to be sure you don’t make any errors in choosing parts by using this tool PCpartpicker.com. Once you do that it will inform you whether all of the parts are compatible with each other.
Advantages of Using an AMD Cpu with an NVIDIA GPU
Building my new PC I was surprised to find that building a PC with solid specs ended up being fairly cheap.
I looked closer into the advantages of using an AMD CPU with an Nvidia GPU, and here is what I found:
The main advantage is that Nvidia GPUs consistently outperform AMD GPUs. All other factors are fairly negligible, but still, Nvidia GPUs tend to be more expensive so you can expect to spend a few hundred dollars more for the increased performance.
Here’s a table that shows a comparison of price and performance between AMD graphics cards and Nvidia (testing done by Techgage):
|Name of graphics card||Rank (best to worst, 1 being the best)||Price|
|Nvidia RTX 3090||1||$1499|
|Nvidia RTX 3080 (Ti and standard)||2||$1199 and $699|
|Nvidia RTX 3070 (Ti and standard)||3||$599 and $499|
|Nvidia RTX 3060 (Ti and standard)||4||$399 and $329|
|AMD Radeon RX 6800 (16 GB)||5||$649|
|AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (16 GB)||6||$999|
|AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (16 GB)||7||$479|
Based on the rigorous testing by Techgage, Nvidia graphics cards outperformed AMD, but in some specific cases, AMD GPUs did perform better. The bottom line is that on average Nvidia graphics cards did perform better on most benchmarks.
Also, for regular gaming, there isn’t a dramatic difference in performance, and in my opinion, it isn’t that noticeable unless you were to compare them side by side. Most people would be more than happy with the performance of an AMD graphics card.
Therefore, the main consideration is the price point, and if you have extra cash you don’t mind spending to get the absolute top-of-the-line graphics card.
Disadvantages of Using an AMD CPU with an NVIDIA GPU
Since the main advantage of an Nvidia graphics card is increased performance, it’s important to know if there are any disadvantages to using an Nvidia GPU with an AMD CPU.
The main disadvantage is that Nvidia GPUs are generally more expensive than AMD GPUs, otherwise, there are no noticeable disadvantages.
Nvidia GPUs are worth the price because you get better performance compared to AMD. But, for the most popular games, AMD graphics cards are more than capable to provide a more than a decent gaming experience.
Is It Worth It To Use An AMD CPU With An NVIDIA GPU?
Nvidia GPUs are top-of-the-line graphics cards but is it worth it to spend the extra bucks to get an Nvidia GPU with an AMD CPU rather than an AMD GPU?
It is definitely worth using an AMD CPU with an Nvidia GPU because you get the best performance-to-cost ratio. If you want to play games at the highest FPS possible so you wouldn’t have a disadvantage in the online scene then this combination may end up being the holy grail for you.
For a hobbyist gamer that only plays occasionally and not at the highest levels an AMD GPU is perfectly fine.
But, if you’re very competitive and you reach higher levels of competition you’ll want every edge you can get, and an NVidia GPU makes sense to get.
Is It Better to Use AMD CPUs with AMD Graphics Cards?
An AMD CPU with an AMD graphics card is a logical choice since they’re both the same brand but is it better than using an Nvidia graphics card?
There is no noticeable advantage to using an AMD CPU with an AMD graphics card. An Nvidia graphics card works perfectly fine with an AMD CPU, But NVIDIA doesn’t support all HDMI ports, whereas AMD does while being the cheaper option.
Based on the results of the research I did to find out whether an AMD or Nvidia graphics card is better in combination with an AMD CPU, I found that 35.7% are convinced that NVIDIA is the way to go, but most people think that it’s up to you at the end of the day and you should base your decision on how much you want to spend on a graphics card.
Do You Get Better Gaming Performance Using an AMD CPU with an NVIDIA GPU?
When getting a new gaming rig it’s generally believed that you get what you pay for.
An AMD CPU with an Nvidia GPU does provide a better gaming performance based on the fact that Nvidia GPUs outperform AMD GPUs. But, a more in-depth analysis will reveal that Intel CPUs are a better value for money than AMD CPUs, so a better combination would be an Nvidia GPU with an Intel CPU.
Are There Any Reported Problems with Using an AMD CPU with an NVIDIA GPU?
There are no known reported problems with using an AMD CPU and an Nvidia GPU. There can be minor bugs or software issues that need a workaround, however, these are very rare with this CPU/GPU combination.
The CPU/GPU combination of an Intel or AMD CPU and AMD GPU has had some reported issues, particularly with drivers. More so than the combination of an AMD CPU with an Nvidia GPU.
I started building and fixing PCs in high school. After a couple of years of offering consultancy to a PC repair shop, I became the goto guy for all my acquaintances for PC/Laptop related buying advice or troubleshooting.