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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs GeForce GTX 580

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 580, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1002 MHz on this specific card. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 580 4956 points
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 3466 points
Difference: 1490 (43%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 244 Watts
Difference: 74 Watts (44%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 580 should in theory be quite a bit better than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 192384 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
Difference: 64128 (50%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is just a bit (more or less 6%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 580. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3200 (6%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 is superior to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 37056 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10752 (41%)

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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GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 560 Ti GeForce GTX 580
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 2011 November 2010
Code Name GF114 GF110
Memory 1024 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 772 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 4008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 244 watts
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 192384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 49408 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 37056 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 512
Texture Mapping Units 64 64
Render Output Units 32 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1950 million 3000 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 largest amount of information (in units of megabytes 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 clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Comments

15 Responses to “GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs GeForce GTX 580”
Grant says:

Radeons are still better.

gpu xpert says:

u know what? im confused that which card should i buy. gtx 560ti or gtx 580.

Sven Van de Velde says:

I bought the 560, as this GPU is cheaper, much cheaper, and has still a significant performance. The overall performance per watt is better, and the overall performance per price unit is better.

Redemption says:

yeah with the price of a 580 u can Sli dual 560 that goes better than 580.

BF3 says:

What should i buy to run Battlefield 3 on max Gtx 580 Matrix Platinum or Gtx 560 ti Direct II Top Sli mode?

Eric says:

Radeons aren't in the ballpark when it comes to the performance of the GTX 590. The 580 is as good as most of the radeons and to top it all off, the radeons big features are all eyepoppingly unusuable or expensive. As far as 3D cards go, NVIDIA is king. So eat that Grant.

BF3 2.0 says:

Yeah, what should I buy to run Battlefield 3 on max?
2x560, A 570 or a 580 ? (all Asus Direct CU)

Prowler says:

For Battlefield 3 on max u will need 580. But for just a little less than max single 560ti more than enough

an3k says:

I have a GTX580 (Gainward Phantom with 3 GB VRAM) and i can run BF3 at highest settings (all at Ultra, 16x AF, etc.) and always have enough fps. Average: 57fps, Minimum: 48 fps.

Led Weappelin says:

I'm getting the same frame rates as you an3k with my EVGA GTX580. It also has 3 GB of VRAM. I'm getting those frame rate at 1920x1080 resolution.

pucher says:

@gpu expert
You call yourself a gpu expert, huh

gtx 580 answers your Question

Vemri says:

noted only by its spec...hmmm...looks like they dont have any significant spec differences.
i think it will be much different if you try these two for play some games.
the 580 is much much better then 560.

-flood- says:

Why not Sli dual two 3Gb 768-bit ones? Then all your problems would be solved.

nawaaz says:

hi i'm buying a new gaming pc... what to choose- gtx560 ti or gtx 580?? in terms of performance....

addy says:

the 580 is much much better then 560

because 580 is more powerfull

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