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GeForce GTX 580 vs Geforce GTX 670

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Geforce GTX 670, which features 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.

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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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 580 should be 0% faster than the Geforce GTX 670 in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 will be quite a bit (more or less 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 a high screen resolution 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

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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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling 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 that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max 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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