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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Radeon HD 5970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB features a GPU core clock speed of 772 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1002 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also features 512 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5970, which features 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 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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 should theoretically be a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5970 should be quite a bit (approximately 370%) faster with regards to texture 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

The Radeon HD 5970 will be a lot (approximately 150%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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.

Price Comparison

GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5970

Amazon.com

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.

Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 580 3GB Radeon HD 5970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 November 2009
Code Name GF110 Hemlock XT
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
Memory 3072 MB 1024 MB (x2)
Core Speed 772 MHz 725 MHz (x2)
Shader Speed 1544 MHz (N/A) MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) (x2)
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)
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 294 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 256000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 232000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 92800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

7 Responses to “GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Radeon HD 5970”
kostas says:
so HD 5970 2GB IS THE BEST GRAPHICS CARD IN THE WORLD what about ATI RADEON 5970 4GB
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :0
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 5970...here'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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