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GeForce GTX 580 vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1002 MHz on this particular card. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7750, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 512 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7750 55 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 244 Watts
Difference: 189 Watts (344%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 580 should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 7750 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 192384 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7750 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 120384 (167%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 is quite a bit (more or less 93%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 7750. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 49408 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7750 25600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23808 (93%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 37056 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7750 12800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 24256 (190%)

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

GeForce GTX 580

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7750

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

Model GeForce GTX 580 Radeon HD 7750
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 February 2012
Code Name GF110 Cape Verde Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1536 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 1544 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 512 512
Texture Mapping Units 64 32
Render Output Units 48 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 55 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 25600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

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

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