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GeForce GTX 580 vs Geforce GTX 670

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 comes with a core clock frequency of 772 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1002 MHz. It also makes use of a 384-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 512 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Geforce GTX 670, which has a core clock speed of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 580 should in theory be a little bit better 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 should be a lot (approximately 107%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 580. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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

GeForce GTX 580

Amazon.com

Geforce GTX 670

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 580 Geforce GTX 670
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2010 May 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 915 MHz
Shader Speed 1544 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective) 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 512 1344
Texture Mapping Units 64 112
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 170 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 192000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 29280 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core 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 processed per second.

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

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One Response to “GeForce GTX 580 vs Geforce GTX 670”
[...] 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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