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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Radeon HD 6770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB features a core clock frequency 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 features 512 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6770, which features a core clock speed of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1050 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 800 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6770 108 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 136 Watts (126%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 6770 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6770 67200 MB/sec
Difference: 125184 (186%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB will be quite a bit (about 37%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 6770. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 36000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13408 (37%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB is much (approximately 157%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6770, and also capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 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.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6770

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 580 3GB Radeon HD 6770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 January 2011
Code Name GF110 Juniper XT
Memory 3072 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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