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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Geforce GTX 680


Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB has a clock frequency of 772 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1002 MHz. It also uses a 384-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 512 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Geforce GTX 680, which comes with core clock speeds of 1006 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 49 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB should be just a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 680 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
Difference: 128 (0%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 is much (about 161%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 79360 (161%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 3GB is the winner, though only just barely. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4864 (15%)

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 3GB

Amazon.com

Geforce GTX 680

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 3GB Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2010 March 2012
Code Name GF110 GK104
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 195 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 1536
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated 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 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 most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Amazon.com

Geforce GTX 680

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.

Comments

3 Responses to “GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Geforce GTX 680”
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Losschris says:

I still love my GTX 680 4GB, I have no trouble playing any games with it, and honestly as long as I have my 60 fps i'd good.

uco73 says:

I still love my ZOTAC GTX 580 3GB. I still playing any game with my 8GB RAM DDR2 1066MHz, and Intel Xeon quad core E5472 with 12 MB cache L2 and 3GHz 1600FSB.

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