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GeForce GTX 580 vs Radeon HD 6770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 has a clock speed of 772 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1002 MHz. It also features a 384-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 512 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6770, which comes with core clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1050 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 800 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6770 108 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 244 Watts
Difference: 136 Watts (126%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 580 should in theory be much better than the Radeon HD 6770 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 192384 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6770 67200 MB/sec
Difference: 125184 (186%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 will be a lot (approximately 37%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6770. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 49408 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 36000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13408 (37%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 should be quite a bit (approximately 157%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6770, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 37056 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22656 (157%)

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.

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GeForce GTX 580

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 580 Radeon HD 6770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 January 2011
Code Name GF110 Juniper XT
Memory 1536 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 108 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 67200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 800
Texture Mapping Units 64 40
Render Output Units 48 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3000 million 1040 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 information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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