GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5970 vs 580

Gaming

Real world tests using the latest 3D games

Crysis: Warhead (2012), Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3 (2012) and 2 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, SmallLuxGPU 1.7Beta and 4 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
SPARKLE GeForce GTX 580 

GPUBoss recommends the SPARKLE GeForce GTX 580  based on its gaming and compute performance.

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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
Significantly better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 106.6 vs 45.6 More than 2.2x better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Significantly 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 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
Higher memory bandwidth 256 GB/s vs 193.5 GB/s More than 30% higher memory bandwidth
Much better SmallLuxGPU 1.7Beta (Luxball HDR) score 7,533 vs 6,750 More than 10% better SmallLuxGPU 1.7Beta (Luxball HDR) score
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,536 MB Around 35% more memory
Significantly more texture mapping units 160 vs 64 96 more texture mapping units
Significantly better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 23,700 vs 11,400 More than 2x better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
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
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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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 24,765 vs 7,660 Around 3.2x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Better passmark score 4,975 vs 2,638 Around 90% better passmark score
Higher clock speed 810 MHz vs 725 MHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Significantly 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
Quieter idle noise level 40.9 dB vs 42.8 dB Around 5% quieter idle noise level
More energy-efficient load power consumption 405W vs 439W Around 10% more energy-efficient load power consumption
Significantly higher batman: arkham city framerate 76 fps vs 41 fps More than 85% higher batman: arkham city framerate
Better CLBenchmark raytrace score 148,809 vs 66,613 Around 2.2x better CLBenchmark raytrace score
Better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2011) score 256.8 vs 214 More than 20% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2011) score
More energy-efficient idle power consumption 132W vs 138W Around 5% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Better passmark direct compute score 1,882 vs 1,198 More than 55% better passmark direct compute score
Higher hawx framerate 170 fps vs 155 fps Around 10% higher hawx framerate
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 performance

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

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

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

SmallLux GPU 2.0d4 Measures compute performance using OpenCL to do 3D rendering

SmallLux GPU 1.7Beta Measures compute performance using OpenCL to do 3D rendering

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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