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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs GeForce GTX 980

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB comes with a GPU clock speed of 772 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1002 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 512 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 980, which features a core clock frequency of 1126 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 79 Watts (48%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 980 should theoretically be a little bit superior to the GeForce GTX 580 3GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Difference: 31616 (16%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 should be much (about 192%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 94720 (192%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 35008 (94%)

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.

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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 580 3GB GeForce GTX 980
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2010 September 2014
Code Name GF110 GM204-400
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 1126 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 165 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 224000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 144128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 72064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 2048
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus 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 better the card's 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially 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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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

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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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs GeForce GTX 980”
Aditya says:

my Laptop Lenovo z580 ,so Jion Laptop,desktop Alienware Graphics, Nvidia Geforce GTX 980,
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