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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
Better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 106.6 vs 45.6 More than 2.2x better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Significantly better floating-point performance 4,640 GFLOPS vs 1,659 GFLOPS More than 2.8x better floating-point performance
Higher memory bandwidth 256 GB/s vs 193.5 GB/s More than 30% higher memory bandwidth
Many more shading units 3,200 vs 512 2688 more shading units
Higher texture rate 116 GTexel/s vs 51.8 GTexel/s Around 2.2x higher texture rate
Higher pixel rate 46.4 GPixel/s vs 25.9 GPixel/s Around 80% higher pixel rate
Much better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 23,700 vs 11,400 More than 2x better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
More texture mapping units 160 vs 64 96 more texture mapping units
More render output processors 64 vs 48 16 more render output processors
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 53.3 fps vs 44.7 fps Around 20% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 580

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SPARKLE GeForce GTX 580

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Significantly better 3DMark 11 graphics score 24,765 vs 7,660 Around 3.2x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Better PassMark score 4,987 vs 2,589 Around 95% better PassMark score
Higher clock speed 810 MHz vs 725 MHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Quieter load noise level 52.5 dB vs 58.9 dB More than 10% quieter load noise level
Significantly better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score 230.2 vs 143.2 More than 60% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score
More energy-efficient load power consumption 405W vs 439W Around 10% more energy-efficient load power consumption
Significantly better CLBenchmark raytrace score 148,809 vs 66,613 Around 2.2x better CLBenchmark raytrace score
Better sky diver factor score 300.16 vs 231.49 Around 30% better sky diver factor score
More energy-efficient idle power consumption 132W vs 138W Around 5% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Quieter idle noise level 40.9 dB vs 42.8 dB Around 5% quieter idle noise level
Better manhattan score 3,715.92 vs 3,454.16 Around 10% better manhattan score
Higher batman: arkham city framerate 76 fps vs 41 fps More than 85% higher batman: arkham city framerate
Better fire strike factor score 52.27 vs 38.82 Around 35% better fire strike factor score
Slightly better cloud gate factor score 20.46 vs 19.45 More than 5% better cloud gate factor score
Better PassMark direct compute score 1,813 vs 1,189 More than 50% better PassMark direct compute 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

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

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

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5970
3,213.45
GeForce GTX 580
3,359.45

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5970
3,454.16
GeForce GTX 580
3,715.92

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 5970  vs GeForce GTX 580 

9.3
9.1
If you want to build the fastest rig money can buy then a HD 5970 CrossFire setup is what you need.
Radeon HD 5970

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