NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1536 MB

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1536 MB

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GTX 580 Review Introduction



Enter the GeForce GTX 580 review. If two weeks ago somebody told us that today NVIDIA would be hard-launching a new high-end graphics processor under a new product family (the GeForce GTX 500 series), we'd have laughed out loud. We were too busy looking in AMD's direction for its new high-end GPU in the works, which is still nowhere in the horizon. It's that freaky moment in which you're slowly treading your way in a fairly linear horror FPS game, and turn around to find a monster breathing down on you. If the fact that NVIDIA was working on releasing a new high-end successor to the Fermi based GTX 480 today wasn't surprise enough, the fact the GeForce GTX 580 is claimed by NVIDIA to be the "best" GPU, and not just the fastest, certainly is. The GTX 480 gave us more than satisfactory performance, but was a bit of a let down on the thermals, and power consumption fronts. The claim that NVIDIA made the GeForce GTX 580 to outperform the GTX 480 and have better thermals and lower power draw certainly raises some eyebrows, because NVIDIA is building the GF110 GPU on a TSMC 40 nm process, just like the existing GF100 "Fermi".



NVIDIA's GF110 graphics processor is still based on the Fermi architecture and the GTX 580 review's architecture diagram looks exactly the same as the 512 shader GF100 version. However, GF110 can certainly be described as built from ground up. NVIDIA is said to have made improvements to GTX 580 key components at the level of transistors, making sure that there are lower latencies between components on the GPU, and electrical leakages are minimized. In GTX 580's 3 billion transistor chip that draws over 200W of power, leakages are the main enemy to power efficiency and overall chip stability. The GeForce GTX 580 packs 512 CUDA cores (up from 480 on the GeForce GTX 480), and features 64 texture memory units (TMUs), 48 raster operations processors (ROPs), and a 384-bit GDDR5 memory interface holding 1.5 GB of memory. The clock speeds are also upped from the previous generation, 772 MHz core, 1544 MHz CUDA cores, and 1002 MHz memory. The GTX 580 is capable of rendering 2 billion triangles per second (a staggering figure). Other than that there are no other major changes to the GeForce GTX 580 feature set.

GeForce
GTX 460
GeForce
GTX 460
Radeon
HD 6850
Radeon
HD 5850
GeForce
GTX 470
Radeon
HD 6870
Radeon
HD 5870
GeForce
GTX 480
GeForce
GTX 580
Radeon
HD 5970
Shader units 3363369601440448112016004805122x 1600
ROPs2432323240323248482x 32
GPUGF104GF104BartsCypressGF100BartsCypressGF100GF1102x Cypress
Transistors1950M1950M1700M2154M3200M1700M2154M3200M3000M2x 2154M
Memory Size768 MB1024 MB1024 MB1024 MB1280 MB1024 MB1024 MB1536 MB1536 MB2x 1024 MB
Memory Bus Width 192 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 320 bit 256 bit 256 bit 384 bit 384 bit 2x 256 bit
Core Clock675 MHz 675 MHz 775 MHz 725 MHz 607 MHz 900 MHz 850 MHz 700 MHz 772 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Clock900 MHz 900 MHz 1000 MHz 1000 MHz 837 MHz 1050 MHz 1200 MHz 924 MHz 1002 MHz 1000 MHz
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