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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 5970

Reasons to consider the
ATi Radeon HD 5970

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Is dual GPU Yes vs No About half of graphics cards are dual GPU
Much better 3DMark06 score 21,630 vs 6,065 More than 3.5x better 3DMark06 score
Significantly better floating-point performance 4,640 GFLOPS vs 1,659 GFLOPS More than 2.8x better floating-point performance
Many more shading units 3,200 vs 512 2688 more shading units
Higher memory bandwidth 256 GB/s vs 193.5 GB/s More than 30% higher memory bandwidth
Higher texture rate 116 GTexel/s vs 51.84 GTexel/s Around 2.2x higher texture rate
Many more texture mapping units 160 vs 64 96 more texture mapping units
Higher pixel rate 46.4 GPixel/s vs 25.92 GPixel/s Around 80% higher pixel rate
More render output processors 64 vs 48 16 more render output processors
Wider memory bus 512 bit vs 384 bit Around 35% wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce GTX 580

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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 24,765 vs 7,660 Around 3.2x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Better PassMark score 5,018 vs 2,599 Around 95% better PassMark score
Higher clock speed 810 MHz vs 725 MHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Better PassMark direct compute score 1,855 vs 1,209 Around 55% better PassMark direct compute score
Slightly better cloud gate factor score 20.46 vs 19.66 Around 5% better cloud gate factor score
Lower TDP 244W vs 294W More than 15% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 5970 vs GeForce GTX 580

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5970
GeForce GTX 580

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5970
GeForce GTX 580

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battleforge 1920x1200 - Maximum quality + 4XAA

Radeon HD 5970
93.3 fps
GeForce GTX 580
94.4 fps

Hawx 1920 x 1200 - Maximum quality + Low AO + 4xAA

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