The Best GPU for DaVinci Resolve in 2021 | NVIDIA and AMD

Choosing a GPU for DaVinci Resolve can be overwhelming. I’ve listed all the best NVIDIA and AMD GPU options in order of price and performance.

The GPU is the single most important component in any DaVinci Resolve workstation or laptop. Choosing a GPU is a careful balance between performance needs (and expectations), and budget. I’ve put together the a list of all the best NVIDIA and AMD GPU’s arranged in order of performance. This hierarchy is pretty much universal, not only for DaVinci Resolve, but any application that relies heavily on GPU processing. A list of top gaming GPU’s would probably come out in more or less the same order.

I’ve included both NVIDIA and AMD GPU’s in the list, in their respective positions relative to each other, along with the most important factors to use with DaVinci Resolve.

I’ve added Amazon product links where there is availability. These are affiliate links. I’ve skipped buy links to GPU’s that are currently priced higher than a better, newer option.

DaVinci Resolve NVIDIA and AMD GPU Ranking

Included are the latest 30-series Ampere architecture GPU’s as well as the 20-series and 16-series Turing architecture NVIDIA GPU’s along with a few relevant 10-series GPU’s for reference.

This list is based on a ton of research, trawling through user forums and various published benchmarks. It is not based on my own actual testing. I would love to be able to build a test rig and compile data for all these GPU’s but sadly that’s out of reach for me. So you should take it as a rough guideline, with some room for error. Real-world testing might swap a few positions, but I doubt it would be drastically different.

GPU Architecture H.264/H.265 Encoding/Decoding Clock Memory Cores Memory Bandwidth Power Consumption
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ampere Y (NVENC / NCDEC) 1700MHz 24GB GDDR6X CUDA Cores: 10496 350W
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 1080Ti 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

Hardware AVC / H.264 / H.265 Encoding / Decoding in DaVinci Resolve

All GPU’s in the list are capable of hardware accelerated H.264 / H.265 encoding / decoding. However, it’s worth noting that hardware accelerated H.264 / H.265 encoding / decoding is only available in DaVinci Resolve Studio on Windows and Linux. It’s available even in the free version of Resolve for Mac. I state this in all my DaVinci Resolve specification and performance related posts because investing $299 in a DaVinci Resolve Studio license is the best $295 you can spend if you’re working with AVC / H.264 / H.265 source media, which many of us are.

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