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The Best GPU for DaVinci Resolve in 2023 | NVIDIA and AMD

Are you building or upgrading a PC to run DaVinci Resolve in 2023? Your GPU choice is the most important component to consider. For the average content creator working with 4K or even 8K video from a typical mirrorless camera, the CPU in your desktop build is much less of a bottleneck than it used to be. The GPU is what powers your real-time color grading and playback performance, and determines your rendering speed. This is because the GPU, not the CPU is responsible for real-time decoding and encoding of common consumer and prosumer camera video codecs like H.265/HEVC, as well as all the complex color math, noise reduction, stabilization, tracking and most plugins.

If you are reading this, you have probably ignored my reasons and recommendation to buy a Apple Silicon powered Mac. Maybe you are just firmly in the PC camp, and that’s fine. Here are the best GPU’s to consider for DaVinci Resolve in 2023, or for any other video (or graphics, or photo) post production use.

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DaVinci Resolve NVIDIA and AMD GPU Ranking 2023

I have updated my previous list now adding the Nvidia 40-series and the Radeon RX 7900. These are the best GPU’s for DaVinci Resolve in 2023 to date.

GPU Architecture H.264/H.265 Encoding/Decoding Clock Memory Cores Memory Bandwidth Power Consumption
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 Ada Lovelace Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 2300MHz (2520MHz Boost Clock) 24GB GDDR6X CUDA Cores: 16384 450W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Ada Lovelace Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 2210MHz (2510MHz Boost Clock) 16GB GDDR6X CUDA Cores: 9728 320W
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX RDNA3 Y 1500MHz (2400MHz Boost Clock) 20GB GDDR6 Compute Units: 96 Stream Processors: 6144 800GB/s 355W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Ampere Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1560MHz (1860MHz Boost Clock) 24GB GDDR6X CUDA Cores: 10752 450W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ampere Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1700MHz 24GB GDDR6X CUDA Cores: 10496 350W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Ampere Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1370MHz (1670MHz Boost Clock) 12GB GDDR6X CUDA Cores: 10240 350W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Ampere Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 2310MHz (2610MHz Boost Clock) 12GB GDDR6X CUDA Cores: 10496 285W
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT RDNA2 Y 2015MHz 16GB GDDR6 Compute Units: 80 Stream Processors: 5120 512GB/s 300W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ampere Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1710MHz 10GB GDDR6X CUDA Cores: 8704 320W
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT RDNA2 Y 1815MHz 16GB GDDR6 Compute Units: 72 Stream Processors: 4608 512GB/s 250W
AMD Radeon RX 6800 RDNA2 Y 1815MHz 16GB GGDR6 Compute Units: 60 Stream Processors: 3840 512GB/s 250W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ampere Y (NVENCE / NCDEC) 1730MHz 8GB GDDR6 CUDA Cores: 5888 220W
Nvidia Titan RTX Turing Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1770MHz 24GB GDDR6 CUDA Cores: 4608 672GB/s 280W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Turing Y (NVENC NCDEC) 1635MHz 11GB GDDR6 CUDA Cores: 4352 616GB/s 250W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Turing Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1815MHz 8GB GDDR6 CUDA Cores: 3072 496GB/s 250W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Turing Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1710MHz 8GB GDDR6 CUDA Cores: 294 448GB/s 215W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Turing Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1770MHz 8GB GDDR6 CUDA Cores: 2560 448GB/s 215W
AMD Radeon VII GCN 5th Gen Y (UVD, VCE) 1905MHz 16GB HBM2 Stream Processors: 3840 1000GB/s 300W
Nvidia Titan X Pascal Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1480MHz 12GB GDDR5X CUDA Cores: 3584 480GB/s 250W
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Pascal Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1582MHz 11GB GDDR5X CUDA Cores: 3584 484GB/s 250W
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT RDNA Y (VCN) 1905MHz 8GB GDDR6 Stream Processors: 2560 448GB/s 225W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Turing Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1620MHz 8GB GDDR6 CUDA Cores: 2304 448GB/s 215W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super Turing Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1650MHz 8GB GDDR6 CUDA Cores: 2176 448GB/s 175W
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Pascal Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1733MHz 8GB GDDR5X CUDA Cores: 2560 320GB/s 180W
AMD Radeon RX 5700 RDNA Y (VCN) 1725MHz 8GB GDDR6 Stream Processors: 2304 448GB/s 180W
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 GCN 5th Gen Y (UVD, VCE) 1546MHz 8GB HBM2 Stream Processors: 4096 484GB/s 175W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Turing Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1680MHz 6GB GDDR6 CUDA Cores: 1920 336GB/s 175W
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 GCN 5th Gen Y (UVD, VCE) 1471MHz 8GB HBM2 Stream Processors: 3584 410GB/s 210W
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Pascal Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1683MHz 8GB GDDR5 CUDA Cores: 2432 256GB/s 180W
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Turing Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1770MHz 6GB GDDR5 CUDA Cores: 1536 288GB/s 120W
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super Turing Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1785MHz 6GB GDDR5 CUDA Cores: 1408 336GB/s 125W
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Turing Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1785MHz 6GB GDDR5 CUDA Cores: 1408 192GB/s 125W
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Pascal Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1683MHz 8GB GDDR5 CUDA Cores: 1920 256GB/s 150W
AMD Radeon RX 590 GCN 4th Gen Y (UVD, VCE) 1545MHz 8GB GDDR5 Stream Processors: 2304 256GB/s 225W
AMD Radeon RX 580 GCN 4th Gen Y (UVD, VCE) 1340MHz 8GB GDDR5 Stream Processors: 2304 256GB/s 185W
AMD Radeon RX 570 GCN 4th Gen Y (UVD, VCE) 1244MHz 4GB GDDR5 Stream Processors: 1328 224GB/s 150W
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Turing Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1665MHz 4GB GDDR6 CUDA Cores: 896 128GB/s 75W

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