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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Geforce GTX 680


Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB has core speeds of 772 MHz on the GPU, and 1002 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 512 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare that to the Geforce GTX 680, which comes with a clock speed of 1006 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1536 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB will be 0% faster than the Geforce GTX 680 overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 will be a lot (approximately 161%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB is just a bit (approximately 15%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Geforce GTX 680, and also able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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 - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max 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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