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GeForce GTX 580 vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 makes use of 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 card. It features 512 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7970, which makes use of a 28 nm design. ATi has set the core frequency at 925 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1375 MHz on this card. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7970 should theoretically be quite a bit better 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 much (more or less 140%) better at texture filtering 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 quite a bit (approximately 25%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7970, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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

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Radeon HD 7970

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 580 Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer nVidia ATi
Year November 2010 January 2012
Code Name GF110 Tahiti XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1536 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 925 MHz
Shader Speed 1544 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective) 1375 MHz (5500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 512 2048
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 384-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 250 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability 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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