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GeForce GTX 580 vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

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

Compare all that to the Geforce GTX 680, which has a clock speed of 1006 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1536 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 580 should be a small bit faster than the Geforce GTX 680 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 will be a lot (more or less 161%) more effective at anisotropic 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 is superior to the Geforce GTX 680, though not by far. (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

GeForce GTX 580

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Geforce GTX 680

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 580 Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2010 March 2012
Code Name GF110 GK104
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 1006 MHz
Shader Speed 1544 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective) 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 512 1536
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 195 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach 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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