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GeForce GTX 580 vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this specific model. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

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

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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.

Grand Theft Auto V | 1920x1080 | Very High

Geforce GTX 680 38 FPS
GeForce GTX 580 25 FPS
Difference: 13 (52%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 580 should in theory be a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 680 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 will be quite a bit (about 161%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 580. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 is a better choice, but only just. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 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

Amazon.com

Geforce GTX 680

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 580 Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2010 March 2012
Code Name GF110 GK104
Memory 1536 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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

5 Responses to “GeForce GTX 580 vs Geforce GTX 680”
SuperKewldude says:

The leaked specs said that its powerful as 3 gtx 580s.Now we know thats just a stupid rumour.

bob says:

well texel rate is

Sam says:

"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. "

So this whole article is BS, performance is not based on theoretical information.
Waste of time.....

dfgfgfd says:

Gtx 580 is better!!

iHAR says:

580 better ?! Tt %61 at AF textures filtering. Only if you use high resolution without tex filters.
Ll 680 better for games regular pc

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