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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Geforce GTX 670

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1002 MHz on this card. It features 512 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Geforce GTX 670, which comes with a core clock speed of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 670 170 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 74 Watts (44%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB should be 0% quicker than the Geforce GTX 670 in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 670 192000 MB/sec
Difference: 384 (0%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 will be a lot (approximately 107%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 102480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 53072 (107%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 3GB is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 29280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7776 (27%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 580 3GB Geforce GTX 670
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2010 May 2012
Code Name GF110 GK104
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 192000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 29280 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 1344
Texture Mapping Units 64 112
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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

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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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