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GeForce GTX 590 vs GeForce GTX 980 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 590 has core clock speeds of 607 MHz on the GPU, and 855 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, which comes with core clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2816 SPUs along with 176 TAUs and 96 Rasterization Operator 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 980 Ti 17120 points
GeForce GTX 590 6680 points
Difference: 10440 (156%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 250 Watts
GeForce GTX 590 365 Watts
Difference: 115 Watts (46%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti should be 2% faster than the GeForce GTX 590 in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 336000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 590 328320 MB/sec
Difference: 7680 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti will be quite a bit (about 127%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 590. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 176000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 590 77696 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 98304 (127%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti should be much (about 65%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 590, and will be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 96000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 590 58272 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 37728 (65%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 590

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 590 GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2011 June 2015
Code Name GF110 GM200
Memory 1536 MB (x2) 6144 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz (x2) 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 3420 MHz (x2) 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 365 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 328320 MB/sec 336000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 77696 Mtexels/sec 176000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 58272 Mpixels/sec 96000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 (x2) 2816
Texture Mapping Units 64 (x2) 176
Render Output Units 48 (x2) 96
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit (x2) 384-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 8000 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 590

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GeForce GTX 980 Ti

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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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