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Gaming Performance Comparison
In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 CoD: Black Ops Edition are marginally better than the AMD FirePro W9000.
The FirePro W9000 has a 178 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 580. This results in the FirePro W9000 providing 73.8 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.
The FirePro W9000 has a 178 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 580, but the GTX 580 has 16 more Render Output Units than the FirePro W9000. As a result, the GTX 580 exhibits a 7.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the FirePro W9000. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.
The FirePro W9000 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 580, and so the FirePro W9000 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games.
Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.
The FirePro W9000 has 4608 MB more video memory than the GTX 580, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the FirePro W9000 also has superior memory performance overall.
The FirePro W9000 has 67.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 580, which means that the memory performance of the FirePro W9000 is much better than the GTX 580.
The FirePro W9000 has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 580 CoD: Black Ops Edition has 512. However, the actual shader performance of the FirePro W9000 is 1298 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 580 is 816. The FirePro W9000 having 482 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the FirePro W9000 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 580.
The FirePro W9000 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 580. This means that the FirePro W9000 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 580. As they exhibit similar graphical performance, the FirePro W9000 should consume less power than the GTX 580.
The FirePro W9000 requires 274 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 580 CoD: Black Ops Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the FirePro W9000.
|Mini Review||FirePro W9000 is a server GPU based on the 28nm GCN architecture. |
It's based on the Tahiti XT Core (same used on 7970) and therefore offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs on a 384-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked 975MHz while the memory clock operates at 1375MHZ.
Compared to Radeon HD 7970, its central unit is slightly higher clocked but overall its gaming performance is lower than Radeon HD 7970 because Radeon HD 7970 benefits from certified gaming drivers which unlock the GCN's architecture potential while FirePro W9000 is made for professional applications. Therefore, expect its performance to be between 1% and 3% worse than Radeon HD 7970.
|GeForce GTX 580 CoD: Black Ops Edition is a special edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 580. See the standard version for more information about it. |
The differences include increased memory and core clocks, from 1002MHz to 1025MHz and from 772MHz to 797MHz, respectively. It also includes a better cooling system to reduce the heat that resulted from the huge overclocking.
There are no benchmarks available and so we predict an increase in performance of around 1,5% considering the available data but this GPU's rank is subject to change.
All games, including demanding one's, will run on the highest settings.