NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 vs AMD Radeon HD 7970

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
AMD Radeon HD 7970

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
7.99
 
5.91
Architecture
Fermi
 
GCN
Code name
GF110
 
Tahiti XT
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
n/d
 
reference
Release date
9 November 2010
 
22 December 2011
Launch price (MSRP)
$499
 
$549
Price now
$290
 
$410

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970'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 7970's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
512
 
2048
CUDA cores
512
 
n/d
Core clock speed
1544 MHz
 
n/d
Boost Clock
n/d
 
925 MHz
Transistor count
3,000 million
 
4,313 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
244 Watt
 
300 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
97 °C
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
49.4 billion / sec
 
118.4 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
1,581.1 gflops
 
3,789 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970 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
 
PCIe 2.1 x16
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm)
 
274 mm
Height
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
 
n/d
Supplementary power connectors
One 6-pin and One 8-pin
 
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
SLI options
3-way
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970: 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
 
3 GB
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
384 Bit
Memory clock speed
2004 MHz (4008 data rate)
 
1375 MHz
Memory bandwidth
192.4 GB / s
 
264 GB / s
Shared memory
n/d
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Display Connectors
Mini HDMITwo Dual Link DVI
 
n/d
Multi monitor support
+
 
n/d
Eyefinity
-
 
+
HDMI
+
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
n/d
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 
n/d

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
CrossFire
-
 
+
FreeSync
-
 
+
3D Vision
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d
Eyefinity
n/d
 
+
Surround
+
 
n/d
DSR
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
11
 
DirectX® 11
OpenGL
4.2
 
4.6
Vulkan
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 580 17.55
HD 7970 18.36 +4.6%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 580 4970
HD 7970 6862 +38.1%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 580 6065
HD 7970 7770 +28.1%

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 580 21941
HD 7970 24757 +12.8%

Unigine Heaven 4.0

GTX 580 829
HD 7970 985 +18.8%

Passmark

GTX 580 5017
HD 7970 5248 +4.6%

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 −0.2%
 
4549 +0.2%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 −0.2%
 
4549 +0.2%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
142 Mh/s −241.5%
 
485 Mh/s +241.5%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
n/d
 
20.71 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580

Cheaper ($499 vs $549)
Less power hungry (244 vs 300 watts)
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
3D Vision Surround

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 7970

4.6% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (22 December 2011 vs 9 November 2010)
More pipelines (2048 vs 512)
Higher memory bandwidth (264 vs 192.4 GB/s)
Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 40 nm)
Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
HD3D
CrossFire
EyefinitySupport
CrossfireX
FreeSync

So, GTX 580 or HD 7970?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 and AMD Radeon HD 7970. The differences in performance seem too small.
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