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GeForce GTX 580 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 has a clock frequency of 772 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1002 MHz. It also makes use of a 384-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 512 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7770, which features a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1125 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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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

GeForce GTX 580 4956 points
Radeon HD 7770 3180 points
Difference: 1776 (56%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 244 Watts
Difference: 164 Watts (205%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 580 should be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 7770 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 192384 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 120384 (167%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 is a lot (approximately 24%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 7770. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 49408 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9408 (24%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 is superior to the Radeon HD 7770, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 37056 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 21056 (132%)

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 7770

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 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 February 2012
Code Name GF110 Cape Verde XT
Memory 1536 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 640
Texture Mapping Units 64 40
Render Output Units 48 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 1500 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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill 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 reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 580

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7770

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.

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