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GeForce GTX 580 vs Geforce GTX 670

Intro

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

Compare all of that to the Geforce GTX 670, which has GPU clock speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1500 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1344 Stream Processors, 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 580 244 Watts
Difference: 74 Watts (44%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 580 should theoretically perform just a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 670 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 is quite a bit (more or less 107%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 580. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 will be quite a bit (more or less 27%) more effective at AA than the Geforce GTX 670, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 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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GeForce GTX 580

Amazon.com

Geforce GTX 670

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 580 Geforce GTX 670
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2010 May 2012
Code Name GF110 GK104
Memory 1536 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a 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 ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTX 580 vs Geforce GTX 670”
Gaming Computer Build - PCMech Forums says:

[...] BF3 and Halo types) then Nvidia for sure and I would personally get the 670 over the 580 Look Here If you like Sports, racing simulators, MMORPG or Strategy games then ATI/AMD is the way to go and [...]

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