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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 460 SLI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 113% 103%
Hitman 3 177% 164%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 95% 86%
Resident Evil 8 113% 103%
FIFA 21 8% 2%
Grand Theft Auto VI 200% 186%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 89% 80%
The Medium 166% 154%
Genshin Impact 113% 103%
Far Cry 6 208% 194%

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

The GTX 580 has a 157 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460, but the GTX 460 has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 580. As a result, the GTX 460 exhibits a 22.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the 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 GTX 580 has a 157 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460, but the GTX 460 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 580. As a result, the GTX 460 exhibits a 3.3 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 580. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The 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 580 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 460, 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 460 has 28.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 580, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 460 is slightly better than the GTX 580.

The GeForce GTX 460 SLI has 672 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition has 512. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 907 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 580 is 852. The GTX 460 having 55 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 GTX 580.

The GeForce GTX 460 SLI requires 380 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition 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 GTX 580. The GTX 460 requires 136 Watts more than the 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 GTX 580.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed675 MHzvs832 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 2010vs01 May 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
9.1
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9.4
1920x1080
7.3
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7.5
2560x1440
4.3
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth230.4GB/secvs201.6GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units672vs512
Actual Shader Performance44%vs41%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs64
Texture Rate75.6 GTexel/svs53.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs48
Pixel Rate43.2 GPixel/svs39.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power380 Wattsvs244 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 26 Ampsvs600 Watts & 40 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

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

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

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 Lightning Xtreme 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 4008MHz to 4200MHz and from 772MHz to 832MHz, respectively. It also includes a better cooling system to reduce the heat that resulted from the huge overclocking. The amount of video memory was doubled and is quite handy, if gaming at extreme resolutions with image improving techniques.
Benchmarks indicate a performance boost of about 3% when compared to the standard GeForce GTX 580.
All games, including demanding one's, will run on the highest settings.
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