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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Radeon RX 470

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this specific model. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 470, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 926 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1650 MHz on this specific card. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 124 Watts (103%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 470 should in theory be a small bit better than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Difference: 18816 (10%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 is much (more or less 140%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 69120 (140%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB should be quite a bit (more or less 25%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon RX 470, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7424 (25%)

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

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 470

Amazon.com

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 RX 470
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 August 2016
Code Name GF110 Polaris 10
Memory 3072 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 29632 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 14 nm
Transistors 3000 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. 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 also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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