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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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Much better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 106.6 vs 45.6 More than 2.2x better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
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 1,658.9 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
Significantly 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
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 53.3 fps vs 44.7 fps Around 20% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 580

Reasons to consider the
SPARKLE 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 4,988 vs 2,589 Around 95% better PassMark score
Higher clock speed 810 MHz vs 725 MHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Better manhattan score 3,715.92 vs 3,454.16 Around 10% better manhattan score
Better fire strike factor score 52.93 vs 39.47 Around 35% better fire strike factor score
Better CLBenchmark raytrace score 148,809 vs 66,613 Around 2.2x better CLBenchmark raytrace score
Slightly better PassMark direct compute score 1,811 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

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

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

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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