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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Radeon R9 285

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB comes with a GPU clock speed of 772 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1002 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is made up of 512 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 285, which features core speeds of 918 MHz on the GPU, and 1375 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 285 190 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 54 Watts (28%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB should in theory be a small bit better than the Radeon R9 285 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Radeon R9 285 176000 MB/sec
Difference: 16384 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 285 should be a lot (approximately 108%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 285 102816 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 53408 (108%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB will be quite a bit (approximately 26%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 285, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 285 29376 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7680 (26%)

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 3GB

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Radeon R9 285

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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 285
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 September 2014
Code Name GF110 Tonga PRO
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 918 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 102816 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 29376 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 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.4

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better 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 the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 285

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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