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GeForce GTX 580 vs Radeon R9 M395X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 features a GPU core speed of 772 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1002 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also features 512 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M395X, which comes with clock speeds of 723 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M395X 125 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 244 Watts
Difference: 119 Watts (95%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 580, in theory, should be a bit faster than the Radeon R9 M395X overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 192384 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M395X 160000 MB/sec
Difference: 32384 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M395X will be a lot (about 87%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 580. (explain)

Radeon R9 M395X 92544 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 43136 (87%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 37056 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M395X 23136 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13920 (60%)

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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Radeon R9 M395X

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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 Radeon R9 M395X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 2015
Code Name GF110 Tonga
Memory 1536 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 723 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 23136 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 2048
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once 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 higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated 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 fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 580

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M395X

Amazon.com

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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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