NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI vs AMD Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
AMD Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 580M SLI and Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Fermi
 
Terascale 2
Code name
N12E-GTX2
 
Blackcomb XT
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
6 January 2011
 
6 January 2011

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 580M SLI and Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire'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 580M SLI and Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
768
 
1920
Core clock speed
620 MHz
 
680 MHz
Transistor count
no data
 
2x1700 Million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
40 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
100 Watt
 
no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 580M SLI and Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
Laptop size
large
 
large

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 580M SLI and Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire: 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
no data
 
2x2 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
1500 MHz
 
900 MHz
Shared memory
-
 
-

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 580M SLI and Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 11, Shader 5.0
 
DirectX 11, Shader 5.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 580M SLI and Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 580M SLI 18.79 +0.1%
HD 6970M Crossfire 18.78

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 580M SLI 6106 +10.2%
HD 6970M Crossfire 5542

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 580M SLI 25022 +10.4%
HD 6970M Crossfire 22667

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 580M SLI and Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI

0.1% faster in synthetic tests

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire

More pipelines (1920 vs 768)

So, GTX 580M SLI or HD 6970M Crossfire?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI and AMD Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire. The differences in performance seem too small.
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