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GeForce GTX 580 vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this specific model. It features 512 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7970, which comes with a clock frequency of 925 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1375 MHz. It also features a 384-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, 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.

Grand Theft Auto V | 1920x1080 | Very High

Radeon HD 7970 37 FPS
GeForce GTX 580 25 FPS
Difference: 12 (48%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 580 244 Watts
Radeon HD 7970 250 Watts
Difference: 6 Watts (2%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 7970 should theoretically perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 580 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 264000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 580 192384 MB/sec
Difference: 71616 (37%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7970 will be a lot (about 140%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 580. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 118400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 68992 (140%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 should be much (more or less 25%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon HD 7970, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 37056 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7970 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7456 (25%)

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.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 580

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7970

Amazon.com

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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 580 Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 January 2012
Code Name GF110 Tahiti XT
Memory 1536 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 2048
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

Comments

3 Responses to “GeForce GTX 580 vs Radeon HD 7970”
kazamajean says:

hmmm it seems hd770 won in memory bus and texel rate but the 580 won the pixel rate, but who is the best among them?

tim says:

yes the 7970 is the winner, because of its 140% win over the 580 in the texel rate :D

Vemri says:

AMD 7970 absolutely more fast than 580, but they still can't handle physx engine in some way they been kicked by Nvidia 2010 card technology.
it depend on your gaming needs and specification.
in this case (hi-end gaming) i am still in the "GREEN" side. they are fast as well.
but for my brothers PC i chose AMD beast gaming machine for the mid-end gaming.

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