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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Radeon RX 470

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1002 MHz on this particular card. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 470, which comes with core speeds of 926 MHz on the GPU, and 1650 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 124 Watts (103%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 470 should in theory be a small bit better than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Difference: 18816 (10%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 will be a lot (more or less 140%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 69120 (140%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB is much (about 25%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 470, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7424 (25%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 580 3GB Radeon RX 470
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 August 2016
Code Name GF110 Polaris 10
Memory 3072 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 2048
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 14 nm
Transistors 3000 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

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