GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 670 vs 580

Gaming

Real world tests using the latest 3D games

crysis: warhead (2013), Crysis: Warhead (2012), Batman: Arkham City and 4 more

Benchmarks

Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

Passmark, 3DMark Vantage Texture Fill, 3DMark 11 Graphics and 2 more

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4, Civilization 5 Texture Decomposition (2013) and 3 more

Noise and Power

How loud and hot does the card run idle and under load

TDP, Idle Noise Level, Load Noise Level, Idle Power Consumption and 1 more

GPUBoss Score

Gaming, Benchmarks, Compute Performance and Noise and Power

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670  based on its gaming and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 670

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 670

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Much better 3DMark06 score 29,150 vs 6,065 More than 4.8x better 3DMark06 score
Better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 86 vs 45.6 Around 90% better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Higher clock speed 915 MHz vs 810 MHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 6,008 MHz vs 4,032 MHz Around 50% higher effective memory clock speed
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 31,610 vs 24,202.5 More than 30% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher texture rate 102.5 GTexel/s vs 51.8 GTexel/s Around 2x higher texture rate
More energy-efficient load power consumption 330W vs 405W Around 20% more energy-efficient load power consumption
Significantly more energy-efficient idle power consumption 112W vs 132W More than 15% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Better floating-point performance 2,460 GFLOPS vs 1,659 GFLOPS Around 50% better floating-point performance
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,536 MB Around 35% more memory
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,502 MHz vs 1,008 MHz Around 50% higher memory clock speed
More shading units 1,344 vs 512 832 more shading units
Significantly better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2013) score 366.1 vs 294 Around 25% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2013) score
More texture mapping units 112 vs 64 48 more texture mapping units
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 109.4 fps vs 74.8 fps More than 45% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Higher batman: arkham city framerate 97 fps vs 76 fps Around 30% higher batman: arkham city framerate
Slightly quieter load noise level 51.2 dB vs 52.5 dB Almost the same
Higher far cry 3 framerate 42.1 fps vs 34.2 fps Around 25% higher far cry 3 framerate
Better passmark direct compute score 2,557 vs 1,879 More than 35% better passmark direct compute score
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 50.9 fps vs 44.7 fps Around 15% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Lower TDP 170W vs 244W More than 30% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 580

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SPARKLE GeForce GTX 580

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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 24,765 vs 9,600 More than 2.5x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
More render output processors 48 vs 32 16 more render output processors
Quieter idle noise level 40.9 dB vs 42.5 dB Around 5% quieter idle noise level
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus
Better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 11,400 vs 7,000 Around 65% better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
Better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score 230.2 vs 210.8 Around 10% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score
Slightly higher civilization 5 framerate 97.3 fps vs 88.6 fps Around 10% higher civilization 5 framerate

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 670 vs 580

Passmark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performance

3DMark Vantage (Texture Fill) Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX performance

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

Crysis: Warhead (2013) 1920x1080 - Enthusiast Quality + 4xAA

GeForce GTX 670
50.9 fps
GeForce GTX 580
44.7 fps
Since Crysis 2 is a multi-platform game, with major development focus on console, so the graphics are only DirectX 9, yet look beautiful using complex shadow and lighting effects.
GeForce GTX 580 | by techPowerUp! (May, 2011)

Batman: Arkham City 1920x1200 - Extreme quality + FXAA-HIGH

Far Cry 3 1920 x 1080 - Ultra Quality + 4x MSAA + Enh. AtoC

GeForce GTX 670
42.1 fps
GeForce GTX 580
34.2 fps
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 600 Series has been on the market for quite a while now, and with no successor in sight, it is still providing an excellent gaming experience.
GeForce GTX 670 | by techPowerUp! (Jan, 2013)

Reviews Word on the street

GeForce GTX 670  vs 580 

9.7
9.1
While overclocking is probably not what most system builders of small form-factor systems have in mind, I can happily report that overclocking works just as well as on any other "big" GTX 670.
GeForce GTX 670

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