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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Geforce GTX 670

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1002 MHz on this particular card. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Geforce GTX 670, which features GPU clock speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1500 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, 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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB should in theory be a small bit superior to the Geforce GTX 670 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 should be much (more or less 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 using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 3GB is superior to the Geforce GTX 670, and very much so. (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.

Price Comparison

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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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max 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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