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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 460 SLI GeForce GTX 580
Cyberpunk 2077 113% 109%
Hitman 3 177% 172%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 95% 91%
Resident Evil 8 113% 109%
FIFA 21 8% 6%
Grand Theft Auto VI 200% 194%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 89% 85%
Genshin Impact 113% 109%
The Medium 166% 161%
Far Cry 6 208% 203%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 SLI.

The GeForce GTX 580 has a 97 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460, but the GTX 460 has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 580. As a result, the GTX 460 exhibits a 26.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 580. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 580 has a 97 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460, but the GTX 460 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 580. As a result, the GTX 460 exhibits a 6.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 580. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GTX 580 was released less than a year after the GTX 460, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when 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 GTX 460 has 512 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 580, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 460 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 460 has 38 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 580, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 460 is noticeably better than the GeForce GTX 580.

The GeForce GTX 460 SLI has 672 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 580 has 512. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 907 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 580 is 791. The GTX 460 having 116 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 460 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 580.

The GeForce GTX 460 SLI requires 380 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 580 requires 244 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 460 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GeForce GTX 580. The GTX 460 requires 136 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 580 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 460 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTX 580.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed675 MHzvs772 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF104-300-KB-A1 (x2)Fermi GF110-375-A1
OC Potential None vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Jul 2010vs09 Nov 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1536 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs1002 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth230.4GB/secvs192.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units672vs512
Actual Shader Performance44%vs38%
Texture Mapping Units112vs64
Texture Rate75.6 GTexel/svs49.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs48
Pixel Rate43.2 GPixel/svs37.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections4vs2
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs0

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power380 Wattsvs244 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 26 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 460 SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 460 put together using NVIDIA'S SLI technology.
SLI relies a lot on proper driver support and may cause micro stuttering in FPS below 30. This means this combination might even perform worse than a single GTX 460.
The optimal performance it delivers is slightly better than a single GeForce GTX 480.
Therefore, this combination is sufficient for gaming at 1080p and most demanding games can be played at the highest settings.
GeForce GTX 580 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Fermi Architecture.

The Fermi Architecture was first manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GF110-375-A1 which has 16 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 512 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 48 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 772MHz.

The GPU accesses a 1.5GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1002Hz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 244W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

GeForce GTX 580 competes with Radeon HD 6970 and proves to be around 10% faster.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 580 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Decent Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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