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GeForce GTX 590 vs Geforce GTX 670

Intro

The GeForce GTX 590 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 855 MHz on this model. It features 512 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Geforce GTX 670, which has core speeds of 915 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 TAUs 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.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Geforce GTX 670 7351 points
GeForce GTX 590 6680 points
Difference: 671 (10%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 670 170 Watts
GeForce GTX 590 365 Watts
Difference: 195 Watts (115%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 590 should perform quite a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 670 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 590 328320 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 670 192000 MB/sec
Difference: 136320 (71%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 is much (about 32%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 590. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 102480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 590 77696 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24784 (32%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 590 is superior to the Geforce GTX 670, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 590 58272 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 29280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 28992 (99%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 590

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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 590 Geforce GTX 670
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2011 May 2012
Code Name GF110 GK104
Memory 1536 MB (x2) 2048 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz (x2) 915 MHz
Memory Speed 3420 MHz (x2) 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 365 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 328320 MB/sec 192000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 77696 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 58272 Mpixels/sec 29280 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 (x2) 1344
Texture Mapping Units 64 (x2) 112
Render Output Units 48 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit (x2) 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once 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 number of texture units by the core 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. 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 maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 590

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Geforce GTX 670

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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.

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