FX 580 vs 400

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.26
 
0.08
Architecture
Tesla
 
Tesla 2.0
GPU code name
G96C
 
GT216
Market segment
Workstation
 
Workstation
Launch date
9 April 2009 (12 years ago)
 
5 April 2011 (10 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$199
 
$169
Price now
$79 (0.4x MSRP)
 
$279 (1.7x MSRP)

Technical specs

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.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
32
 
48
Core clock speed
450 MHz
 
450 MHz
Number of transistors
314 million
 
486 million
Manufacturing process technology
55 nm
 
40 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
40 Watt
 
32 Watt
Texture fill rate
7.200
 
7.200
Floating-point performance
72 gflops
 
108 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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).

Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
PCIe 2.0 x16
Length
198 mm
 
163 mm
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
None

Memory

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.

Memory type
GDDR3
 
DDR3
Maximum RAM amount
512 MB
 
512 MB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
64 Bit
Memory clock speed
1600 MHz
 
1540 MHz
Memory bandwidth
25.6 GB/s
 
12.32 GB/s

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.

Display Connectors
1x DVI, 2x DisplayPort
 
1x DVI, 1x DisplayPort

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
11.1 (10_0)
 
11.1 (10_1)
Shader Model
4.0
 
4.1
OpenGL
3.3
 
3.3
OpenCL
1.1
 
1.1
Vulkan
N/A
 
N/A
CUDA
1.1
 
1.2

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

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.

FX 580 0.54
Quadro 400 0.57 +5.6%

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

FX 580 142
Quadro 400 150 +5.6%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

FX 580 satisfies 56% minimum and 48% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
56%
Recommended
48%
Minimum
56%
Recommended
48%

Quadro 400 satisfies 57% minimum and 49% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
57%
Recommended
49%
Minimum
57%
Recommended
49%

Competitors of Quadro FX 580 from AMD

The nearest Quadro FX 580's AMD equivalent is FirePro 2270, which is faster by 7% and higher by 15 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Quadro FX 580:

Competitors of Quadro 400 from AMD

The nearest Quadro 400's AMD equivalent is FirePro 2270, which is faster by 2% and higher by 6 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Quadro 400:

Advantages of NVIDIA Quadro FX 580

Cheaper ($79 vs $279)

Wider memory bus (128 vs 64 bit)

Higher memory bandwidth (25.6 vs 12.32 GB/s)

Advantages of NVIDIA Quadro 400

5.6% better performance in benchmarks

Much newer (5 April 2011 vs 9 April 2009)

More pipelines (48 vs 32)

Finer manufacturing process technology (40 vs 55 nm)

Lower power consumption (32W vs 40W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA Quadro FX 580 and NVIDIA Quadro 400. 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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