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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Radeon R9 270X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB comes with a core clock speed of 772 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1002 MHz. It also uses a 384-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 512 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 270X, which comes with core speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1400 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 270X 180 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 64 Watts (36%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB should be 7% quicker than the Radeon R9 270X in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Radeon R9 270X 179200 MB/sec
Difference: 13184 (7%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 270X will be a lot (more or less 62%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 80000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30592 (62%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 3GB is superior to the Radeon R9 270X, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 270X 32000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5056 (16%)

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 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 270X

Amazon.com

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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 580 3GB Radeon R9 270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 October 2013
Code Name GF110 Curacao XT
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 180 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 1280
Texture Mapping Units 64 80
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 2800 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 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, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a 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 clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 270X

Amazon.com

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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