Yes, Nvidia graphics cards work with AMD processors. In fact, there are no compatibility issues with pairing AMD processors with Nvidia graphics cards or AMD graphics cards with Intel processors!
Compatibility of AMD Processors and Nvidia Graphics Cards
AMD processors, or CPUs, and Nvidia graphics cards, or GPUs, can work just fine together without deficits in performance. In other words, a PC’s performance will not be bogged down or filled with buggy activity if an AMD CPU is paired with an Nvidia GPU.
You can have a powerful PC for gaming, editing, streaming, rendering, etc., using a combination of AMD and Nvidia components, so there is no reason to rule out Nvidia GPUs simply because you have or plan to purchase an AMD CPU.
Of course, many people decide to get an AMD GPU if they have an AMD CPU, and an Intel CPU leads them to choose an Nvidia GPU. This, too, is perfectly fine and can even lead to some benefits.
Benefits of Matching CPU and GPU
If you pair an AMD CPU with a corresponding AMD GPU, you can make use of special technology that can only be used with AMD products.
Smart access memory is, in simple terms, a way for the processor to more easily access the VRAM (video RAM) of the graphics card. This greater efficiency can remove a performance bottleneck, and AMD states this can increase overall performance by up to 15%.
For example, if you are playing a VRAM demanding video game, pairing together, AMD parts might lead to better frames per second, or FPS, overall.
However, you do not necessarily need this feature, and you can still have a fast, capable machine without being able to utilize smart access memory technology.
Choosing the Graphics Card
Part of the problem with the GPU market today is simply lack of availability. Maybe you have your heart set on a specific card but cannot find it anywhere. GPUs are hard to come by, both with the chip shortage resulting in fewer models being made and cryptocurrency miners snatching up the GPUs for their rigs as soon as they pop up.
So, you might find yourself with a limited range of options, and so you might be wondering if it is a bad idea to mix and match Nvidia and AMD. As noted above, it is not a problem.
Choose a GPU that fits your needs, whether it happens to be AMD or Nvidia, and whether your CPU is AMD or Intel. While the added benefits of using the same brands together are real and can help performance, you will not notice decreased performance due to mismatched brands.
In today’s market, you are often forced to set a budget above MSRP, find a card in stock or being sold by a private seller, and go with it. Otherwise, you might wait quite a while longer to get the GPU you want, which can be fine if you want to wait. However, many people currently have CPUs and all other components ready to go and just need the graphics card to complete and use their new build.
There are no compatibility concerns with AMD processors being used with Nvidia graphics cards. They can be used together and perform very well.
There are some benefits to using AMD processors with AMD graphics cards, like smart access memory helping the CPU obtain VRAM information from the GPU more easily. Still, these are not mandatory features to having a good computer. Regardless of whether you just want a PC for light gaming, graphics-intensive gaming, streaming, editing, rendering, etc.
The main priority is not the brand of the GPU to pair with your AMD processor but the specifications of that GPU. You would be making a mistake by buying the latest high-end AMD CPU only to pair it with a GPU from 2012. That would result in vast under-performance due to the outdated GPU and waste much of the potential of the CPU.
Instead, focus on buying components that work well together in a balanced way. For example, a mid-tier GPU from Nvidia would be best paired with a mid-tier CPU from AMD rather than an outdated Intel CPU.