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GeForce GTX 285 2GB vs GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 2GB uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 648 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 1242 MHz on this particular model. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, which features core clock speeds of 772 MHz on the GPU, and 1002 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 285 2GB 204 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB should in theory be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 285 2GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 158976 MB/sec
Difference: 33408 (21%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 285 2GB should be a little bit (approximately 5%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 2GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2432 (5%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution 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
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16320 (79%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 285 2GB GeForce GTX 580 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 15, 2009 November 2010
Code Name G200b GF110
Memory 2048 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 772 MHz
Memory Speed 2484 MHz 4008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 244 watts
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 192384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 49408 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 37056 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 512
Texture Mapping Units 80 64
Render Output Units 32 48
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

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

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GeForce GTX 285 2GB

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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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