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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Radeon HD 5970


The GeForce GTX 580 3GB has 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 is made up of 512 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5970, which comes with core speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1600 SPUs along with 160 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Radeon HD 5970 294 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5970, in theory, should be much faster than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 256000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Difference: 63616 (33%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5970 is quite a bit (more or less 370%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 232000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 182592 (370%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5970 is superior to the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 92800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 55744 (150%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

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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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Model GeForce GTX 580 3GB Radeon HD 5970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 November 2009
Code Name GF110 Hemlock XT
Memory 3072 MB 1024 MB (x2)
Core Speed 772 MHz 725 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 4000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 294 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 256000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 232000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 92800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 1600 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 64 160 (x2)
Render Output Units 48 64 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3000 million 2154 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 maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.


7 Responses to “GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Radeon HD 5970”
kostas says:


kostas says:

it should be 50 percent better.......ambelivible

Dave says:

These are theoretical numbers. The 3gb 580 would perform much closer to that of the 5970 than this.

hakeeme says:

i dont believe this

nic says:

yes i would like to see the 5970 4gb on this website, also the upcoming classified 580 3gb.

LOL says:

Bunch of morons!!! Yeah theoretical and actual makes a huge diff!!! Dumb@sses!!

shooter says:

Hate to disappoint all the nVidia fanboys, but the GTX580 Classified, FTW or whatever else nVidia is trying to release these days will still get spanked by the ATI 5970. Better take a closer look at those specs of the's a refresher 1600 SPUs as well as 160 TAUs and 64 ROPs GTX580 doesn't even come close so $499.99 and still getting spanked by the ATI 5970 and I have two of these puppies in crossfireX want to see those real world benchmarks against your Tri-SLI GTX580's?

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