NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 vs AMD Radeon HD 7970
Comparison of GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970 architecture, market type and release date.
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.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Maximum GPU temperature
Texture fill rate
49.4 billion / sec
118.4 GTexel / s
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).
PCI-E 2.0 x 16
PCIe 2.1 x16
PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 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
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
2004 MHz (4008 data rate)
192.4 GB / s
264 GB / s
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970.
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
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 7970. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported by GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 7970, sometimes including their particular versions.
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%
GTX 580 5017
HD 7970 5248 +4.6%
Rendering quality tests
GFXBench render quality
GFXBench high precision render quality
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)
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)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
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)
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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