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GeForce GTX 580 vs Radeon HD 7950 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 comes with clock speeds of 772 MHz on the GPU, and 1002 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 512 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, which features GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1250 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1792 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7950 3GB 200 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 244 Watts
Difference: 44 Watts (22%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 7950 3GB should in theory be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 580 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 3GB 240000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 580 192384 MB/sec
Difference: 47616 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 3GB should be quite a bit (more or less 81%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 580. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 3GB 89600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 40192 (81%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 37056 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11456 (45%)

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 7950 3GB

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 580 Radeon HD 7950 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 January 2012
Code Name GF110 Tahiti Pro
Memory 1536 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 1792
Texture Mapping Units 64 112
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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 580

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 7950 3GB

Amazon.com

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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.

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