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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs GeForce GTX 580

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti has a GPU clock speed of 822 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1002 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 384 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 580, which comes with GPU core speed of 772 MHz, and 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1002 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is made up of 512 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 580 4956 points
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 3466 points
Difference: 1490 (43%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 244 Watts
Difference: 74 Watts (44%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 580 should theoretically perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 192384 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
Difference: 64128 (50%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be a little bit (approximately 6%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 580. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3200 (6%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 should be much (about 41%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 37056 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10752 (41%)

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 560 Ti

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 560 Ti GeForce GTX 580
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 2011 November 2010
Code Name GF114 GF110
Memory 1024 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 772 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 4008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 244 watts
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 192384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 49408 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 37056 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 512
Texture Mapping Units 64 64
Render Output Units 32 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1950 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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Comments

15 Responses to “GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs GeForce GTX 580”
Grant says:

Radeons are still better.

gpu xpert says:

u know what? im confused that which card should i buy. gtx 560ti or gtx 580.

Sven Van de Velde says:

I bought the 560, as this GPU is cheaper, much cheaper, and has still a significant performance. The overall performance per watt is better, and the overall performance per price unit is better.

Redemption says:

yeah with the price of a 580 u can Sli dual 560 that goes better than 580.

BF3 says:

What should i buy to run Battlefield 3 on max Gtx 580 Matrix Platinum or Gtx 560 ti Direct II Top Sli mode?

Eric says:

Radeons aren't in the ballpark when it comes to the performance of the GTX 590. The 580 is as good as most of the radeons and to top it all off, the radeons big features are all eyepoppingly unusuable or expensive. As far as 3D cards go, NVIDIA is king. So eat that Grant.

BF3 2.0 says:

Yeah, what should I buy to run Battlefield 3 on max?
2x560, A 570 or a 580 ? (all Asus Direct CU)

Prowler says:

For Battlefield 3 on max u will need 580. But for just a little less than max single 560ti more than enough

an3k says:

I have a GTX580 (Gainward Phantom with 3 GB VRAM) and i can run BF3 at highest settings (all at Ultra, 16x AF, etc.) and always have enough fps. Average: 57fps, Minimum: 48 fps.

Led Weappelin says:

I'm getting the same frame rates as you an3k with my EVGA GTX580. It also has 3 GB of VRAM. I'm getting those frame rate at 1920x1080 resolution.

pucher says:

@gpu expert
You call yourself a gpu expert, huh

gtx 580 answers your Question

Vemri says:

noted only by its spec...hmmm...looks like they dont have any significant spec differences.
i think it will be much different if you try these two for play some games.
the 580 is much much better then 560.

-flood- says:

Why not Sli dual two 3Gb 768-bit ones? Then all your problems would be solved.

nawaaz says:

hi i'm buying a new gaming pc... what to choose- gtx560 ti or gtx 580?? in terms of performance....

addy says:

the 580 is much much better then 560

because 580 is more powerfull

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