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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 580 Galaxy Edition Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 109% 115%
Hitman 3 172% 180%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 91% 97%
Resident Evil 8 109% 115%
FIFA 21 6% 9%
Grand Theft Auto VI 194% 203%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 85% 90%
Genshin Impact 109% 115%
The Medium 161% 168%
Far Cry 6 203% 211%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 Galaxy Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition.

The HD 7870 has a 238 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 580. This results in the HD 7870 providing 31.4 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 HD 7870 has a 238 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 580, but the GTX 580 has 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the GTX 580 exhibits a 4.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 7870. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 7870 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 580, and so the HD 7870 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 580.

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 HD 7870 has 512 MB more video memory than the GTX 580, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 580 has 37.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7870, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 580 is noticeably better than the HD 7870.

The GeForce GTX 580 Galaxy Edition has 512 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 580 is 791 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1099. The HD 7870 having 308 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 580 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 7870 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 580. This means that the HD 7870 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 580. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD 7870 should consume less power than the GTX 580.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 580.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed772 MHzvs1010 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF110-375-A1GCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date01 Nov 2010vs01 Jun 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
9.3
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9.3
1920x1080
7.3
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7.2
2560x1440
5.3
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5.4
3840x2160 - vs green tick
3.7

GPU Memory

Memory1536 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1002 MHzvs1210 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.4GB/secvs154.9GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units512vs1280
Actual Shader Performance38%vs53%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs80
Texture Rate49.4 GTexel/svs80.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate37.1 GPixel/svs32.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Amps-

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 580 Galaxy Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 580 that has no new features and offers similar performance when compared to any other regular GeForce GTX 580.Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 7870. See the standard version for more information about it.
The new features include the DirectCU II cooling solution which is 20% more effective than the reference cooler, according to Asus and a small increase in the core-clock to 1010MHz as well as in the memory clock to 1210MHz.
Benchmarks indicate almost no performance boost when compared to the standard Radeon HD 7870 and so its performance is on level with the it as the boost is beneath 1%.
All games, including demanding one's, will run on the highest settings.
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