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Best Graphics Chip: Tech Awards 2023 Editor's Choice series

By The Count - 15 Mar 2023

Best Graphics Chip: Tech Awards 2023 Editor's Choice series

AMD has made great strides with its Ryzen series, with their Ryzen 9 7950X3D and Ryzen 7 7700 claiming our Best Desktop CPU and Best Gaming CPU awards, respectively, besting Intel’s top offerings. On the GPU front, their newest flagship Radeon RX 7900 XTX could match up to NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 4080 in rasterization performance although it did not quite fare so well in areas of temperature and power efficiency. But here’s the thing: the RTX 4080 is not even NVIDIA’s flagship GPU – that bragging rights belong to the GeForce RTX 4090.




And the winner is…

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

The crown belonged to the GeForce RTX 4090, a gargantuan card that also heralded a new, but controversial, 16-pin 12VHPWR power connector. Despite that, the RTX 4090 is also the first mainstream GPU that, along with the third generation DLSS 3.0, helped elevate ray-tracing performance – AMD’s most powerful GPU could not even come close.

Most impressively, NVIDIA has made significant headways in making its latest GPU more power efficient, especially when compared to AMD’s own. Simply put, both of NVIDIA’s RTX 4090 and 4080 are the best GPUs you can lay your hands on today. But if you are looking for the most powerful consumer card with the best technologies behind it, the GeForce RTX 4090 is the undisputed champion.

For more details on how we rated our nominees and to find out our usage experience of each device, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section below.

Meanwhile, check out our other Tech Awards 2023 Editor's Choice winners from the team behind HardwareZone and HWM.



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