GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7850 vs 580

Gaming

Real world tests using the latest 3D games

crysis: warhead (2013), Crysis: Warhead (2012), Batman: Arkham City and 3 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
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 7850

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 7850

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Significantly better 3DMark06 score 20,570 vs 6,065 Around 3.5x better 3DMark06 score
Significantly more energy-efficient load power consumption 271W vs 405W Around 35% more energy-efficient load power consumption
Higher clock speed 860 MHz vs 810 MHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Significantly more energy-efficient idle power consumption 107W vs 132W Around 20% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Higher effective memory clock speed 4,800 MHz vs 4,032 MHz Around 20% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly quieter load noise level 46.7 dB vs 52.5 dB More than 10% quieter load noise level
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,536 MB Around 35% more memory
More shading units 1,024 vs 512 Twice as many shading units
Higher memory clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 1,008 MHz Around 20% higher memory clock speed
Better CLBenchmark raytrace score 190,967 vs 148,809 Around 30% better CLBenchmark raytrace score
Slightly better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 13,200 vs 11,400 More than 15% better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
Lower TDP 130W vs 244W More than 45% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 580

Reasons to consider the
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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 24,765 vs 6,510 More than 3.8x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Better passmark score 4,973 vs 3,724 Around 35% better passmark score
Higher memory bandwidth 193.5 GB/s vs 153.6 GB/s More than 25% higher memory bandwidth
More render output processors 48 vs 32 16 more render output processors
Better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score 230.2 vs 183.3 More than 25% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus
Higher civilization 5 framerate 97.3 fps vs 79.1 fps Around 25% higher civilization 5 framerate
Higher batman: arkham city framerate 76 fps vs 62 fps Around 25% higher batman: arkham city framerate
Quieter idle noise level 40.9 dB vs 41.5 dB Almost the same
Better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2013) score 294 vs 266.9 More than 10% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2013) score
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 44.7 fps vs 38.9 fps Around 15% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 74.8 fps vs 64.2 fps More than 15% higher battlefield 3 framerate

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7850 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

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

Radeon HD 7850
38.9 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

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

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7850  vs GeForce GTX 580 

9.1
9.1
This power configuration is good for up to 225 W of power draw for the former and 150 W for the latter.
Radeon HD 7850

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