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Wednesday, 03 November 2010 10:16

Geforce GTX 580 is 15 percent faster than 480

Written by Fuad Abazovic


Sometimes up to 20
We got some rough Geforce GTX 580 performance figures and they indicate that the new card could be as much as 15 to 20 percent faster than the old GF100-based Geforce GTX 480.

This is something that we'd expected from the tweaked and fixed GF100 chip. The core architecture is slightly changed in order to make this GPU more efficient and to lower the TDPs, at least slightly.

The general idea was to stay at a similar TDP and get much more performance, per watt of course. Since this is one of the biggest chips ever built, or should we say re-spun from the GF100, you have to know by now that it will get hot and fast, but so do any of the products in this market range.

Also bear in mind that both companies still have dual-chip cards in the pipeline and they should end up even faster. If we only had such cool content to really need so much processing power.
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+61 #1 Alexko 2010-11-03 10:32
"Also bear in mind that both companies still have dual-chip cards in the pipeline and they should end up even faster."

Fuad, didn't you use to say the same thing last year? I'm still waiting for that dual-GF100 board…
 
 
+55 #2 Super XP 2010-11-03 10:41
15% faster than the 480 on average is not going to be enough to take out ATI's Radeon HD 6970 IMO. But still it's much needed competition to help drive prices down into the dirt.
 
 
+55 #3 Tr0y 2010-11-03 10:42
From what I know so far I will not buy a GTX580 - I will go with HD6970 instead.

Nvidia simply "tweaked and fixed" the GTX480 by removing some 300.000.000 transistors used for double precision.

Since I do lots of GPGPU that's pretty bad news for me.

"GeForce GTX 580 might sacrifice HPC functionality":
http://www.guru3d.com/news/geforce-gtx-580-might-sacrifice-hpc-functionality/
 
 
+18 #4 AndreiD 2010-11-03 11:44
So this is why they're "launching" the GTX580 before HD69x0. If it's only 15% better than the GTX480, the new AMD cards should end up faster.

But hey, it's nice to show investors a new toy, which gets the performance crown, even though it would be short lived.
 
 
-29 #5 DarkPhoenix 2010-11-03 11:46
Quoting Tr0y:
From what I know so far I will not buy a GTX580 - I will go with HD6970 instead.

Nvidia simply "tweaked and fixed" the GTX480 by removing some 300.000.000 transistors used for double precision.

Since I do lots of GPGPU that's pretty bad news for me.

"GeForce GTX 580 might sacrifice HPC functionality":
http://www.guru3d.com/news/geforce-gtx-580-might-sacrifice-hpc-functionality/


How do you figure that ? GF104 also sacrificed computing features and it's still faster than any Radeon, in stuff like folding, transcoding, etc.
What NVIDIA removed was HPC stuff, like ECC support, which won't be missed in gamer products and also won't hurt folding, transcoding performance.
 
 
-5 #6 DarkPhoenix 2010-11-03 11:48
Quoting AndreiD:
So this is why they're "launching" the GTX580 before HD69x0. If it's only 15% better than the GTX480, the new AMD cards should end up faster.


Really ? So what exactly do you know about the HD 6970s performance to make that assumption ?
 
 
+31 #7 loadwick 2010-11-03 11:50
What i find most amusing about Fudzilla and some of the people that comment on the articles is how they go silent when the facts come out!
When talking about 580 Fuad was dreaming of 512-bit, 2GB of GDDR5.... the list goes on and i can't blame a guy for dreaming but with the possible exception of Tr0y we never hear them come back from them. You would think they might say 'sorry i was wrong, i am very disappointed with what nVidia has done'.
At best they say 'we haven't even seen the 6970 yet so how can you compare'. I guess people are just using common sense, companies don't normally say Next Generation for just a few percent increase, well, apart from nVidia that is! I just feel lucky that anything is new, normally nVidia just slap a new sticker on the box and call it Next Gen!
 
 
+6 #8 DarkPhoenix 2010-11-03 11:51
Quoting Super XP:
15% faster than the 480 on average is not going to be enough to take out ATI's Radeon HD 6970 IMO. But still it's much needed competition to help drive prices down into the dirt.


According to the leaked AMD slides, Cayman won't be able to catch up with the HD 5970, If the GTX 580 is 15-20% faster than the GTX 480, that's already on the heels of the HD 5970, so your assumption doesn't make much sense, given what we know.
 
 
-2 #9 DarkPhoenix 2010-11-03 12:02
Quoting loadwick:
What i find most amusing about Fudzilla and some of the people that comment on the articles is how they go silent when the facts come out!


Too bad that there are no facts yet. Still, the funniest ones are the people that, after reading someone saying that comparisons can't be made on assumptions or fanboys wet dreams, rate those comments down. It's hilarious! But Fudzilla is often considered as a pro-NVIDIA rumor site, so it's flooded with AMD fanboys doing the same thing on every NVIDIA related thread...
 
 
+8 #10 das16 2010-11-03 12:13
hmm 15 - 20% more performance... meh. if the 5770 - 6870 performance increase is anything to go by, then the 5870 - 6970 performance increase is going to be monstorous
 

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