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GeForce GTX 590 vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 590 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 855 MHz on this specific model. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7970, which has GPU core speed of 925 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1375 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon HD 7970 8225 points
GeForce GTX 590 6680 points
Difference: 1545 (23%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7970 250 Watts
GeForce GTX 590 365 Watts
Difference: 115 Watts (46%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 590 should in theory be quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 7970 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 590 328320 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7970 264000 MB/sec
Difference: 64320 (24%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7970 is quite a bit (more or less 52%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 590. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 118400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 590 77696 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 40704 (52%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 590 will be much (more or less 97%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 7970, and able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 590 58272 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7970 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 28672 (97%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 590

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 590 Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 January 2012
Code Name GF110 Tahiti XT
Memory 1536 MB (x2) 3072 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz (x2) 925 MHz
Memory Speed 3420 MHz (x2) 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 365 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 328320 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 77696 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 58272 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 (x2) 2048
Texture Mapping Units 64 (x2) 128
Render Output Units 48 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit (x2) 384-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 590

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Comments

6 Responses to “GeForce GTX 590 vs Radeon HD 7970”
ASUS911 says:

Nvidia is still the best...

Anonymous says:

no man the ati is the best the 590 win on better resolution but graphics power color,pixel texel win the ati 7970

tayyab says:

As we know that 590 is a dual core so out of the two ati is better

Steve says:

Well if I was dumb enough to replace my 3 factory oc 570's, I'd go for 2 590's over ATi gfx any day of the week, too many problems with Ati, driver problems etc.

Oh and pci 3.0 is totally pointless atm, as pci 2.0 isn't even used to it's full potential.

Going to wait until the next gen of cards comes out in 2013.

V says:

ASUS911 This is not a top videocard from AMD as gtx 590.
Top will be 7990 which definetely will win gtx 590.

Red says:

V, and gtx590 is not the Top gpu card from nvidia of this generation, gtx690 will kick 7990's ass.

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