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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Radeon HD 6770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB comes with a clock frequency of 772 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency 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 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6770, which features clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1050 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory. 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 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 136 Watts (126%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB should perform quite a bit 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 is a lot (more or less 37%) better at 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 3GB is a better choice, and very much so. (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

GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Radeon HD 6770

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 max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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