What GPU is Equivalent to the PS5?

GPUs that go Toe-to-Toe with the PS5.

Abdul Muqsit
Abdul Muqsit
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Whether you are trying to build a PC that has GPU power equivalent to that of a PS5 or if you are deciding between a PC & PS5 purchase, this informative article will shed some light on the graphical capabilities of the PS5.

The RX 6800 from AMD and RTX 3060 from NVIDIA are two GPUs you can look at if you want to mimic the PS5’s GPU performance. There are many other options out there, some cheap, some expensive, but these two should be good enough and available for most people.

Let’s take a look at the closest GPU you can buy that mimics the same power as the PS5 and offers the same amount of features such as Raytracing etc.

PS5’s GPU Specifications

The PlayStation 5 came out in 2020 and offered a lot of massive improvements over the PS4/PS4 Pro. To understand the question of graphical capabilities better, first, let’s discuss the PS5’s GPU specifications:

  • AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine
  • 16GB VRAM
  • 10.28 Teraflops
  • 36 CUs @ 2.23GHz
  • Ray Tracing Acceleration
  • Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K 60Hz TVs
  • VVR (specified by HDMI version 2.1)

A direct comparison of a traditional GPU with a console-specific GPU is sort of unfair because all of the games that are released on the PS5 are tailored for that hardware and are tested to perform well on those specs.

A PC can have a lot of variations, including Windows setting differences, hardware bottlenecks, and other configuration differences. This is why no two PCs (even those with the same specs) will ever perform exactly the same.

GPUs with the Same Power/Features

Based on what we know about the PS5’s GPU, we can start looking at cards from both team RED and GREEN. The RX 6800 is the closest competitor we could find from AMD, which has 16 gigs of VRAM and is built on the same RDNA 2 architecture.

But the thing to note is that the RX 6800 came out with a price tag of 600$, while the entire PS5 costs 500$ (for the disc version). It’s a very capable GPU that you can use even today for 4K/60 frames gaming.

If we look at Nvidia’s offerings, the basic RTX 3060 packs enough punch to handle games at 4K and deliver 60 frames almost consistently. It is based on the 8mm Ampere architecture and has 12 gigs of GDDR6 128-bit memory. This beast of an entry-level card was priced at 330$~ at launch and has since seen many decent sales.

The RTX 3060 also handles RTX-enabled games pretty well on higher resolutions. If you are looking to build a PC that mimics the PS5’s performance, then choosing an RTX 3060 over the RX 6800 would be the wiser choice.

We’ve told you about the GPU that is Equivalent to the PS5’s performance. But you have to understand that the console provides a complete package for 500$~ with many other uses/benefits.

You can use it to watch Netflix, stream movies via the BluRay drive (if you have the Disc version of the PS5), and, of course, play games on it without worrying about the typical hassles of a PC gamer; optimizations, crashes, unexpected errors, etc.

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