NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 vs AMD Radeon HD 7870

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
AMD Radeon HD 7870

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
40.56
 
40.13
Architecture
Fermi 2.0
 
GCN
Code name
GF110
 
Pitcairn XT
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
9 November 2010
 
5 March 2012
Launch price (MSRP)
$499
 
$412.83
Price now
$145
 
$147

Technical specs

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.
Pipelines
512
 
1280
CUDA cores
512
 
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Core clock speed
1544 MHz
 
1000 MHz
Transistor count
3,000 million
 
2800 Million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
244 Watt
 
175 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
97 °C
 
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Texture fill rate
49.4 billion/sec
 
no data
Floating-point performance
1,581.1 gflops
 
no data

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).
Bus support
PCI-E 2.0 x 16
 
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Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
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Length
10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm)
 
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Height
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
 
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Supplementary power connectors
One 6-pin and One 8-pin
 
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SLI options
3-way
 
-

Memory

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.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
1536 MB
 
2 GB
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
2004 MHz (4008 data rate)
 
4800 MHz
Memory bandwidth
192.4 GB/s
 
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Shared memory
no data
 
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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.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
 
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Display Connectors
Mini HDMITwo Dual Link DVI
 
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Multi monitor support
+
 
no data
HDMI
+
 
-
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
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Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 
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Technologies

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.
CrossFire
-
 
+
3D Vision
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
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Eyefinity
no data
 
+
Surround
+
 
no data
DSR
+
 
no data

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (11_0)
 
DirectX 11.1, Shader 5.1
OpenGL
4.2
 
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Vulkan
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

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

Passmark

GTX 580 4502
HD 7870 4674 +3.8%

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 +44.1%
 
3151 −44.1%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 +44.1%
 
3151 −44.1%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7870. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
142 Mh/s
 
no data
Decred / DCR (Decred)
no data
 
0.63 Gh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
no data
 
16.6 Mh/s
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
no data
 
0.39 kh/s
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
no data
 
145 Sol/s

Gaming performance

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)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
Surround
DSR
DirectX 12
HDMI
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)
HD3D
CrossFire
CrossfireX

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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