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.

Article Last Updated: June 2020

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 20-series and 16-series Turing architecture NVIDIA GPU’s along with a few relevant 10-series GPU’s for reference. This is not to say that the 10-series are not still great GPU’s for Resolve, only that if you’re looking to buy or upgrade, you should be looking at the 16-series at least, rather than an older 10-series cards. That’s not to say you shouldn’t grab a used 1080Ti if you find one at a good price but consider that a RTX 2060 Super at around $440 is tough to beat. I’d say the RTX 2060 Super is the best performance for money at the moment.

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.

GPUArchitectureH.264/H.265 Encoding / DecodingClockMemoryCoresMemory BandwidthPower ConsumptionAverage Price
Nvidia Titan RTXTuringY (NVENC)1770MHz24GB GDDR6CUDA Cores: 4608672GB/s280W$2500
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 TiTuringY (NVENC)1635MHz11GB GDDR6CUDA Cores: 4352616GB/s250W$1,200
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 SuperTuringY (NVENC)1815MHz8GB GDDR6CUDA Cores: 3072496GB/s250W$1,000
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080TuringY (NVENC)1710MHz8GB GDDR6CUDA Cores: 2944448GB/s215W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SuperTuringY (NVENC)1770MHz8GB GDDR6CUDA Cores: 2560448GB/s215W$550
AMD Radeon VIIGCN 5th GenY (UVD, VCE)1905MHz16GB HBM2Stream Processors: 38401000GB/s300W
Nvidia Titan XPascalY (NVENC)1480MHz12GB GDDR5XCUDA Cores: 3584480GB/s250W
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080TiPascalY (NVENC)1582MHz11GB GDDR5XCUDA Cores: 3584484GB/s250W
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XTRDNAY (VCN)1905MHz8GB GDDR6Stream Processors: 2560448GB/s225W$380
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070TuringY (NVENC)1620MHz8GB GDDR6CUDA Cores: 2304448GB/s215W$440
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 SuperTuringY (NVENC)1650MHz8GB GDDR6CUDA Cores: 2176448GB/s175W$440
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080PascalY (NVENC)1733MHz8GB GDDR5XCUDA Cores: 2560320GB/s180W
AMD Radeon RX 5700RDNAY (VCN)1725MHz8GB GDDR6Stream Processors: 2304448GB/s180W$330
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64GCN 5th GenY (UVD, VCE)1546MHz8GB HBM2Steam Processors: 4096484GB/s295W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060TuringY (NVENC)1680MHz6GB GDDR6CUDA Cores: 1920336GB/s175W$340
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56GCN 5th GenY (UVD, VCE)1471MHz8GB HBM2Stream Processors: 3,584410GB/s210W$340
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 TiPascalY (NVENC)1683MHz8GB GDDR5CUDA Cores: 2432256GB/s180W
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TiTuringY (NVENC)1770MHz6GB GDDR5CUDA Cores: 1536288GB/s120W$280
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 SuperTuringY (NVENC)1785MHz6GB GDDR5CUDA Cores: 1408336GB/s125W$250
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660TuringY (NVENC)1785MHz6GB GDDR5CUDA Cores: 1408192GB/s125W$205
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070PascalY (NVENC)1683MHz8GB GDDR5CUDA Cores: 1920256GB/s150W
AMD Radeon RX 590GCN 4th GenY (UVD, VCE)1545MHz8GB GDDR5Steam Processors: 2,304256GB/s225W$180
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GBGCN 4th GenY (UVD, VCE)1340MHz8GB GDDR5Stream processors: 2,304256GB/s185W$170
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GBGCN 4th GenY (UVD, VCE)1244MHz4GB GDDR5Stream Processors: 1328224GB/s150W$150
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650TuringY (NVENC)1665MHz4GB GDDR6CUDA Cores: 896128GB/s75W
A complete ranked list of GPU options for DaVinci Resolve. If all columns are not visible, scroll right to see average prices.

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 $299 you can spend if you’re working with AVC / H.264 / H.265 source media, which many of us are.

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24 Comments

  1. Hi Richard,
    Maybe you could steer me in the right direction. Should I upgrade my card or change a setting in Resolve? My system is detailed below. I was using an nVidia Quadro K620 2gb card and while it barely edited 4k footage it never crashed Davinci Resolve 16 (free version) like the new card does. I could be doing something like scrubbing through the timeline and it randomly crashes. It always 100% crashes when trying to export 4k to a 4k or 1080 video. And even when I open Resolve it takes way longer on the new card to create the clip previews on the timeline. Creating optimised media helps a little with playback but like I said it crashes all the time.
    OS: Windows 10 Home 64bit
    CPU: Ryzen 5 3600
    Motherboard: MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX Motherboard ATX
    RAM: Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 Vengeance LPX 32 GB (4 x 8 GB)
    GPU: AMD Radeon R9 270x Twin Frozr 4gb
    PSU: BeQuiet Power 9 700w
    I edit 4k 10bit videos from a Panasonic GH5 that I need to convert to Pro Res .mov files for Resolve to be able to see video. otherwise it’s just audio.
    thanks and apologies if I left anything out.

    Niall.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Niall, I am going to be completely useless to you because I have no idea. The only thing I can think of is a driver/software or combination incompatibility of some kind. It’s a pretty old GPU. I searched for some answers for you and saw you asked this on the Blackmagic forum too, with no reply. My suggestion would be to get a newer generation GPU. Something like a Radeon RX590 is a great budget card if you want to stick with AMD, or if you can spend more, a RX5700XT, just check compatibility of everything else and so on beforehand.

  2. Will the GPU based video decoding/encoding acceleration also work with Canon EOS R5 footage?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Patrick, I haven’t ever tried this or tested, but the internal recording of the Canon EOS R5 is H.265 so I imagine the answer is yes. However, I would recommend you ask this question on some of the various Resolve forums, or search to check with users that have actually tried this.

  3. what about gtx 1650 ti???

  4. Hi! What about RX 5500 xt 8gb?

  5. what about gtx 1650ti??

  6. Need Help,

    I am going to update my card for color grading purpose since I am on low budget I am confused between GTX 1660 Super 6GB and Amd rx 580 8 GB
    i am confused cos I head Davinchi want more VRAM for processes so its which card is best for me RX 580 with 8Gb or GTX 1660 Super with 6GB
    Please answer

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Raj, I would choose the RX580, these two GPU’s are not so different performance wise, so taking the extra GPU memory makes sense. I would also recommend you buy Resolve Studio instead of using the free version of Resolve so you can use hardware H.264/H.265 acceleration.

  7. Greg Gerlach

    Richard… When testing a new graphics card, what kinds of things put the most strain on the GPU? For example, with my old NLE, things like two videos playing at the same in two resized boxes over an animated background (total of 3 streams) would cause issues. I would imagine the same would hold true with Resolve, especially when using multiple streams and Fusion transitions, etc. What kinds of things should I load up my timeline with to really give a graphics card a good test?

    • Richard Lackey

      Thanks for the comment Greg, one thing that comes to mind that will stress your GPU is temporal noise reduction, especially at a high timeline resolution. You can even throw it on a few parallel nodes with some windows. Also some OpenFX plugins like Lens Flare, Tilt Shift Blur, Sharpening.

  8. Ruben Misrahi

    Is Studio worth for me given the hardware I have?
    I have a Lenovo 16GB Ram with Core i7-7500U and Graphics card HD620.

    If I buy the Studio version of DaVinci will I see an improvement in speed or do I just need to buy a better laptop?

  9. This is very useful, thank you for putting all this info together.
    I am thinking of using Davinci Resolve just for fun with home videos to put on instagram, facebook, etc etc.
    My build is:
    CPU Ryzen 5 3600
    32GB RAM DDR4 3200MHZ
    GPU Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Storage:
    512GB M.2 for OS and apps and a 2TB SSD
    PC Screen Asus TUF VG32VQ
    You think my CPU will be any issue or will I be OK to do some light edits @ 1080p and maybe on occasion 4K @ 30fps?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Daniel, I think you’ve got more than enough horsepower there, however I’d definitely recommend running Resolve Studio so you can take advantage of GPU h.264 / HEVC decoding and encoding. This can also make a noticeable difference to playback performance with a lot of common video files.

  10. I upgraded my GPU to a Radeon RX Vega 56 and now all my footage playback comes with a green/white line/dot layer, but when paused it disappears instantly.
    Tried fiddling with the timeline resolution and playback settings but I can’t find anything on it.
    Have you ever experienced this?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Kenny, that’s an interesting problem. What system do you have it in?

    • I may be late for the party, but after upgrading you GPU, did you installed the most recent AMD drivers for it?
      May be a silly thing to check, but always worth it.

  11. What GPU would you recommend for a hackintosh machine running Davinci Resolve?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Michael, I haven’t built a hackintosh for a long long time, so I actually can’t give good advice. I would advise searching the hackintosh forums and sites for what people are currently using.

  12. Hi, please the rx5600??

  13. I noticed in your table some info is incorrect: Radeon VII is 16GB HBM2

  14. Colm Higgins

    This is very useful, thank you!

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