Are Intel CPUs more optimized to work with NVidia and AMD with AMD?



I heard many times that any Nvidia video card would work better/faster with an Intel CPUs, as well as AMD video cards would work better/faster with an AMD CPUs.

Is it true in any way or just a rumors?



lol I got it pretty close - i7-3930K and AMD 7970 HD:)
simply speaking - just rumors, no truth in that.
i don't know about before, right now intel cpus work well with both amd and nvidia gfx cards. amd cards need more cpu power than nvidia cards, so gfx card performance is more pronounced with intel cpu with amd gfx card. most amd cpus hold back the gfx cards in cpu-intensive situations. overclocking helps, but not up to the level of performance of stock intel cpu and amd gfx card combo. however, if you cherry-pick your amd and intel cpu, you can champion one amd cpu vs another intel cpu and vice versa. this link should give you an idea:,3120.html
it measures cpu performance against the strongest amd single gpu card. the overclocked i5 2500k is used as a scale to how other cpus perform.
cpu performance becomes even more pronounced if you have a multi-gpu combination running e.g. cfx, sli. both cfx and sli need good amount of cpu power. in those cases, an intel cpu would outperform a comparable amd cpu.,3098.html,3099.html
amd does advertise their combination of amd cpu, amd gfx card etc (may be motherboard chipsets, ram and cooler too) as a single platform - scorpius (iirc phenom + amd gfx card platform was called dragon?), but it's just a marketing gimmick. as long as you pick your parts for performance you don't have to stick with one single brand.


Apr 18, 2010
although there is no scientific proof of these rumors, there have been weird situations where certain "like" combinations of hardware seem to perform better, maybe they simply communicate better


Jan 8, 2009
Where was the reference documents to this personal rhetoric or yours ?
Right from AMDs own website.

"Based on GCN Architecture, the world’s first 28nm graphics architecture, the AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 and HD 7950 graphics achieve 3DMark® 11 scores in excess of X2700 and X2200, respectively. These results are the two highest scores achieved by single-GPU graphics cards on stock platforms as of 26 January, 2012. System configuration: Intel Core i7-3960X (3.3GHz), MSI X79A-GD65 8D, 16GB DDR3-1600 (9-9-9-24) and Windows® 7 64-bit."

Found on this page.

Even AMD knows their CPUs hold back their strongest graphics cards and crossfire configurations :lol:

Chad Boga

Dec 30, 2009
Mabey you fail to realize that because Nvidia uses Intel to bench then perhaps just maybe AMD has to keep the playing field level APPLES TO APPLES comparo to be fair and legit and keep the parameters as even as possible.
Everyone with half a brain knows it is because AMD doesn't want to be CPU limited when showing off their GPU, and their best bet to achieve this across the board currently, is with a top of the range Intel based CPU.

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