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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB features clock speeds of 772 MHz on the GPU, and 1002 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 590, which has GPU clock speed of 1469 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 2000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2304 SPUs, 144 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 590 175 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 69 Watts (39%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 590 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 262144 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Difference: 69760 (36%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 is quite a bit (about 328%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 211536 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 162128 (328%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 should be a lot (about 27%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 47008 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9952 (27%)

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 RX 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 580 3GB Radeon RX 590
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 November 2018
Code Name GF110 Polaris 30
Memory 3072 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 1469 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 211536 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 47008 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 2304
Texture Mapping Units 64 144
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 12 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 590

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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