Nvidia has been dominating the GPU market for years and it is showing no signs of slowing down. However, there is one point where Nvidia GPU performance does slow down and it is when they render games with HDR enabled according to tests.
ComputerBase recently did tests for AMD and Nvidia GPUs to see how much of a performance impact the GPUs suffer when HDR is enabled in games.
Before going into details, the report suggests that Nvidia GPU performance saw over 10% drop with HDR enabled but, AMD GPUs do not suffer as much as Nvidia GPUs.
ComputerBase used GTX 1080 and RX Vega 64 for the purpose of testing the performance impact of HDR on GPU’s performance. The GTX 1080 was tested on 12 games and the tests reveal that the Nvidia GPU performs worse for 10 of the games with HDR enabled.
The most noticeable drop was recorded for the Destiny 2 with HDR enabled as the GTX 1080 saw a 20% drop in performance.
As for the AMD’s RX Vega 64, it didn’t suffer as much as the AMD GPU saw a 9% drop in performance with HDR enabled in Destiny 2.
However, for rest of the games, the RX Vega 64 saw negligible performance drop with HDR enabled which indicates that AMD GPUs are much more capable of handling HDR rendering compared to Nvidia GPUs.
On average, the GTX 1080 saw 10% performance drop while HDR enabled compared to SD rendering. on the other hand, the RX Vega 64 saw a 2% drop in performance on average with HDR enabled.
It is currently unknown what is causing this performance degradation in Nvidia GPUs with HDR rendering.
One explanation that makes sense is that Nvidia drivers aren’t capable of rendering HDR without compromising performance.
But, we can only speculate until Nvidia confirms why its GPU’s performance degrades with HDR rendering enabled.
Speaking of GPUs, with the downfall of cryptocurrency, the GPU prices have come down due to a flood of 2nd hand GPUs in the market.
However, Nvidia and AMD GPU prices are still 15% above MSRP. According to a recent analysis, most Nvidia and AMD GPUs are still being sold at a higher price compared to their MSRP.
The reason why GPU prices are still above their MSRP is the increased cost of GDDR5 and HBM2 memories which are used in both AMD and Nvidia GPUs.
What do you think of Nvidia GPUs suffering more compared to AMD GPU with HDR rendering enabled? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.