580M vs 260M SLI
Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.
General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on GeForce GTX 580M and GeForce GTX 260M SLI 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.
Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.
Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.
Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.
3DMark Vantage Performance
3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.
Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 580M and GeForce GTX 260M SLI. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Both graphics cards satisfy the 83% minimum and 70% recommended requirements of all games known to us.
Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:
Competitors of GeForce GTX 580M from AMD
We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 580M from AMD is Radeon HD 6970M, which is slower by 4% and lower by 11 positions in our rating.
Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 580M:
Competitors of GeForce GTX 260M SLI from AMD
We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 260M SLI from AMD is Radeon HD 6970M, which is slower by 6% and lower by 13 positions in our rating.
Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 260M SLI:
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
Much newer (28 June 2011 vs 2 March 2009)
More pipelines (384 vs 224)
Finer manufacturing process technology (40 vs 55 nm)
Lower power consumption (100W vs 150W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M SLI
2% better performance in benchmarks
Cheaper ($149 vs $170)
So, which one is the better GPU?
Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M SLI. The differences in performance seem too small.
Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.
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