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GeForce GTX 580 vs GeForce GTX 970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs 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 970, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1050 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1664 SPUs, 104 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 970 10867 points
GeForce GTX 580 4956 points
Difference: 5911 (119%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 244 Watts
Difference: 99 Watts (68%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 970 should in theory perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 580 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 580 192384 MB/sec
Difference: 31616 (16%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 should be much (about 121%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 580. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 59792 (121%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 37056 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 30144 (81%)

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

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 580 GeForce GTX 970
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2010 September 2014
Code Name GF110 GM204-200
Memory 1536 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 145 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 224000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 109200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 67200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 1664
Texture Mapping Units 64 104
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 5200 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video 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 most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many 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.

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GeForce GTX 580

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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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