AMD vs Nvidia - Employee Pay

Which of these Electronic Powerhouses Pay Their Staff Best?

Intro / Employee Dilema

Both AMD and Nvidia are companies which lead the Electronic industry in multiple fields, namely the graphics card industry. It's around christmas time, and both companies have improved their salary rates to attract more employees in the production sector. Many employees with different working schedules are looking for a job at either company, and wondering which is better based on how much they work weekly.


AMD has went with an agressive initial payment, with a payment of $23.75 an hour, with the added wekly employee bonus of $500. This looks very good for many employees, especially due to the appealing $500 bonus.


Nvidia has went with the alternative approach of a high hourly wage, with a significantly smaller weekly employee bonus of $150 every week. Their hourly wage is rather high, at a total of $33.50 an hour.

Solving this Problem

To solve the problem, the employees have devised an easy method they can always refer to when they want to find out the amount of hours that you're required to reach with AMD on a weekly basis before Nvidia becomes superior. The employees know this much due to Nvidia's hourly wage being higher, meaning it must eventually surpass the initial bonus.

The equation they have created to do this factors in both payment methods the companies are using:

(AMD) 23.75h + 500 = (Nvidia) 33.50h + 150

This equation displays both companies, and their payment rates + bonuses, and requires the "h" variable to be changed until it equalizes the equation, because at that point, both companies provied the same income. Below it (as seen in the graph), AMD provides more income, and Nvidia provides more after that point.

Calculating the Exact Point of Intersection

Now that all the data is readily availaible, the visual information of both the graph and table of value is shown, and the equation has been made, all that's left for the employees is to solve the equation. These are the steps they took.
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Use of this Linear system in Real Life Context

As shown, the manipulation of the variables and lines to find the point of intersection have helped employees find work at places where their workschedule is most rewarding, and finding a suiting job for your workstyle is the real life context in this equation.

Numbers and Lines really could change your life!


After calculations, the employees have discovered the correct place to work, based on their work schedules. Since the lines intersect at 35.89, rounded to 36 hours(as hours can't be partly completed), any employee who works less than 36 hours a week would be making the most efficient money at AMD. After the threshold of 36 hours, Nvidia is the clear winner, as from that point on, the salary is higher at Nvidia, so any employee willing to work over 36 hours would be much better placed at Nvidia.

The co-ordinate shown in the graph (35.9, 1352.6) also represents the amount of money made at that time, showing employees if they work about 36 hours at either AMD or Nvidia, they will be making close to equal money, at slightly above $1352.6. At this exact point, it wouldn't make a significant difference which company you worked at.

Overall, simply put - If you work less than 36 hours a week, your time would be better spent at AMD, and if you work more than 36 hours a week, Nvidia is a more rewarding place to work at.

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