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GeForce GTX 580 vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

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

Compare that to the Geforce GTX 680, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1006 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1502 MHz on this specific model. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator 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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 580 should be 0% quicker than the Geforce GTX 680 in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (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 (approximately 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

The GeForce GTX 580 is a bit (more or less 15%) more effective at FSAA than the Geforce GTX 680, and also able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum 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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