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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Radeon R9 380 2G

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this particular card. It features 512 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 380 2G, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 970 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1425 MHz on this particular model. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 380 2G 190 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 54 Watts (28%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB is 5% quicker than the Radeon R9 380 2G in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Radeon R9 380 2G 182400 MB/sec
Difference: 9984 (5%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380 2G is much (more or less 120%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 108640 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 59232 (120%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB is a little bit (more or less 19%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 380 2G, and capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 380 2G 31040 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6016 (19%)

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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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 380 2G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 June 2015
Code Name GF110 Antigua PRO
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 108640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 1792
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 5000 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
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 over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

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Radeon R9 380 2G

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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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