Who Are Nvidia’s Competitors for GPUs?

When it comes to GPUs (Graphics Processing Units), Nvidia is at the top of the game. The GPU titan has some other offerings, such as Shield handheld gaming products, Tegra for mobile computing, and Omniverse for cloud-computing services, but GPU still holds the largest slice of its revenue. After years of being in the chip-making industry, Nvidia has built solid ground in the GPU area, reaching 83% of the graphics card market share. It certainly is an intimidating figure, especially for Nvidia’s competitors, but they remain undaunted as we see new product releases sprout up every so often that can go head-to-head with Nvidia’s GPU releases. Which companies are brave enough to take up the challenge of toppling the most popular brand from its top spot?

AMD (Advanced Micro Devices)

AMD is undoubtedly Nvidia’s fiercest contender. The American semiconductor and technology company is behind some of the most powerful CPUs in the market, but it also stands strong in the GPU space. AMD ventured into graphics cards after it acquired ATI, the company behind the Radeon line of products, in 2006. It has since been known for its APUs (Accelerated Processing Unit), which fused both the CPU and GPU on a single chip. The company also started developing graphics cards for gaming and has become NVidia’s strongest competitor.

AMD’s GPU market share may be a far cry from what Nvidia has already achieved, but it has purveyed graphics cards on par with Nvidia’s products. AMD’s strength lies in the affordability of its GPUs. It has produced graphics cards with comparable specs and performance to Nvidia’s products but with much lower price tags. Consumers on a budget would prefer cheaper cards with great performance, which has posed a great challenge to Nvidia. To keep up with the stiff competition, Nvidia has been dropping the prices of some of its products. The long-standing rivalry between the two GPU giants is of great advantage to the consumers, reaping the benefits of the amazing features with each product release.


Like AMD, Intel is better known for its CPUs, but its graphics cards have also gained popularity. Intel is known for integrated HD/UHD GPUs embedded with the CPUs on a single die. Intel’s graphics have not been the go-to option for gaming in the past, but things have changed after the release of Intel Xe. This recent release of Intel graphics allows gamers to play 3D games like Final Fantasy XIV and Call of Duty: Warzone at 1080p resolution and 30 frames per second and older games at 60 frames per second.

But the CPU frontrunner is getting more ambitious as it is set to release its own GPU beasts this year. In fact, Intel ARC GPUs have already arrived, and the rest of the line-up will follow in just a few months. Intel ARC boasts gaming features like Xe Supersampling and Deep Link Technology for performance boost and Xe and Ray Tracing cores for a superb gaming experience. Intel ARC could compete with the best GPUs from Nvidia, bringing a supreme gaming experience to laptops. Intel will also reportedly unleash an ARC GPU for PC gaming.

It will take some time before Intel can get a foothold in the gaming and high-computing GPU market, but joining in the competition can prove vexing for Nvidia down the road.


The competition is getting stiffer as another popular brand is giving their graphics a boost to, at the very least, match Nvidia’s best graphics cards. Apple’s power-efficient M1 Pro and M1 Max chips are behind the impressive graphics of MacBook Pro 14 and 16. This is something unexpected from Apple as the company has not really been big in gaming.

It seems that the two chips are just a start for Apple’s venture in gaming and AI GPU. Recently, the company released M1 Ultra, which has massive improvements over the previous chips and is available in the new Mac Studio. As Apple claims, M1 Ultra has two M1 chips with 64 GPU cores, “faster performance than even the highest-end PC GPU available while using 200 fewer watts of power”. This claim compares M1 Ultra with Nvidia’s RTX 3090, the most powerful GPU before the release of RTX 3090 Ti.

Luckily for Nvidia, Apple’s chips are exclusively for Apple computers, and we don’t really see those chips crawling into Windows PC or gaming laptops in the foreseeable future. Still, this is another competitor that Nvidia should be seriously checking out.

Sapphire Technology

Sapphire Technology is a technology company headquartered in Hong Kong and manufactures a broad range of products such as graphics cards, motherboards, TV tuner cards and LCD TVs. The company’s graphics cards have AMD cards at their base. Customization is done by boosting clocks, improving the cooling system and adding its own flair to the aesthetics, like RGB lighting on the cards. With AMD as the reference cards, we can expect the same or even better performance as the AMD graphics and compete with Nvidia’s products. Sapphire Technology also developed its own software utility, Trixx, to control and monitor the settings and functionality of the cards that they release.

Sapphire Technology’s partnership with AMD to produce customized graphics cards that are also friendly on the pocket poses another threat to Nvidia.


Nvidia is a manufacturer of formidable graphics cards used for intensive gaming and high-computing AI applications. Although it has long been in the top spot, the company has had unwavering determination to remain in the same position with continuous enhancements and upgrades in hardware and the software that drives the GPU’s performance. However, Nvidia is not alone in producing powerful GPUs, with competitors like AMD, Intel, and Apple releasing their lineups of GPUs as equally powerful as Nvidia’s. Add to that Sapphire Technology’s customization of AMD’s graphics cards. It’s exciting to see what more these competitors will be bringing in to climb up to the top, and it’s equally exciting to see what Nvidia will be doing not to lose its spot at the top.

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Glynis Navarrete

A freelance blogger who loves to write about anything related to technology. Born and raised in the Philippines and worked in Singapore for eight years as Technical Support for a wide range of IT equipment. Took a dive into the world of freelancing and now enjoying doing what I’m passionate about while not losing touch with technology.