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GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 580

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 924 MHz on this model. It features 480 SPUs along with 60 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 580, which features a core clock speed of 772 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1002 MHz. It also makes use of a 384-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 512 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 580 244 Watts
GeForce GTX 480 250 Watts
Difference: 6 Watts (2%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 580 will be 8% faster than the GeForce GTX 480 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 192384 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 480 177408 MB/sec
Difference: 14976 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 is a small bit (more or less 18%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 49408 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 480 42000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7408 (18%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 is the winner, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 37056 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 480 33600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3456 (10%)

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 480

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 580

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 480 GeForce GTX 580
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 November 2010
Code Name GF100 GF110
Memory 1536 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 772 MHz
Memory Speed 3696 MHz 4008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 244 watts
Bandwidth 177408 MB/sec 192384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 42000 Mtexels/sec 49408 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33600 Mpixels/sec 37056 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 512
Texture Mapping Units 60 64
Render Output Units 48 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3000 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 maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

4 Responses to “GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 580”
General PC Discussion thread V2.5 - Page 9 - The Halo Forum says:

[...] were not that far off from each other http://www.hwcompare.com/9134/geforc...force-gtx-580/ Profile Send PM [...]

Lucas says:

Muita pouca diferença e mais barata

Juan says:

Muy poca diferencia para la abismal diferencia de precio.

Matheus says:

Difereça quaze nula, é muito mais barata quaze a metade do preço mais barata, concerteza vou de GTX 480 !

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