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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 580 3GB


Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 features a GPU core speed of 607 MHz, and the 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 837 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also is comprised of 448 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 40 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this specific model. It features 512 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 29 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB is 44% faster than the GeForce GTX 470 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
Difference: 58464 (44%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB is much (more or less 45%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15416 (45%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB will be a lot (more or less 53%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 470, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12776 (53%)

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

GeForce GTX 470

GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 470 GeForce GTX 580 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 November 2010
Code Name GF100 GF110
Memory 1280 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 772 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 4008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 244 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 192384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 49408 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 37056 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 512
Texture Mapping Units 56 64
Render Output Units 40 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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