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 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)1905MHz8GB GDDR6Stream 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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One Comment

  1. Colm Higgins

    This is very useful, thank you!

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