NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 vs AMD Radeon HD 7870
Comparison of GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870 architecture, market type and release date.
GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Maximum GPU temperature
Texture fill rate
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
PCI-E 2.0 x 16
PCIe 2.0 x16
10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm)
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
One 6-pin and One 8-pin
Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
2004 MHz (4008 data rate)
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
Mini HDMITwo Dual Link DVI
Multi monitor support
Maximum VGA resolution
Audio input for HDMI
Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported by GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX 11.1, Shader 5.1
Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
GTX 580 21.47
HD 7870 21.54 +0.3%
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
GTX 580 6065
HD 7870 6194 +2.1%
3DMark Vantage Performance
GTX 580 21941 +2.8%
HD 7870 21348
Unigine Heaven 4.0
GTX 580 829 +9.7%
HD 7870 756
GTX 580 4502
HD 7870 4674 +3.8%
Rendering quality tests
GFXBench render quality
GFXBench high precision render quality
Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
Decred / DCR (Decred)
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
Let's see how good GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
Wider memory bus (384 vs 256 bit)
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
3D Vision Surround
Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 7870
0.3% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (5 March 2012 vs 9 November 2010)
Cheaper ($412.83 vs $499)
More pipelines (1280 vs 512)
Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 40 nm)
Less power hungry (175 vs 244 watts)
Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
So, GTX 580 or HD 7870?
Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 and AMD Radeon HD 7870. The differences in performance seem too small.
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