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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Edition GeForce GTX 580 SLI
Red Dead Redemption 2 58% 28%
Cyberpunk 2077 117% 76%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 2% 21%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 117% 76%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 58% 28%
Doom Eternal 36% 10%
FIFA 20 16% 32%
Grand Theft Auto VI 142% 96%
Need For Speed Heat 58% 28%
Halo: Reach 50% 59%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 SLI are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Edition.

The GTX 670 has a 208 MHz higher core clock speed but 16 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 580. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 670 manages to provide 11 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 670 has a 208 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 580, but the GTX 580 has 64 more Render Output Units than the GTX 670. As a result, the GTX 580 exhibits a 42.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 670. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 670 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 580, and so the GTX 670 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 580.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 580 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 670, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 580 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 580 has 192.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 670, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 580 is massively better than the GTX 670.

The GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Edition has 1344 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 580 SLI has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 670 is 1422 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 580 is 1581. The GTX 580 having 159 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 580 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 670.

The GTX 670 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 580. This means that the GTX 670 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 580.

The GeForce GTX 580 SLI requires 488 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GTX 670.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs772 MHz
Boost Clock1058 MHzvs-
ArchitectureKepler GK104-325-A2Fermi GF110-375-A1 (x2)
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date01 May 2012vs01 Nov 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
10
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1920x1080
8.3
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9.1
2560x1440
6
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3840x2160
4.4
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs1002 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.3GB/secvs384.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1344vs1024
Actual Shader Performance68%vs76%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs128
Texture Rate109.8 GTexel/svs98.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs96
Pixel Rate31.4 GPixel/svs74.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-488 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Edition is a Special Edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 670. See the standard version for more information about it.
The new features include an increase in the core-clock that went from 915MHz to 980MHz while the Turbo Boost is now of 1058MHz. A 20% more effective cooler is also included.
The performance boost is significant and around 5% when compared to the standard GTX 670.
Most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
GeForce GTX 580 SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 580 put together using NVIDIA'S SLI technology.
Check the page of GeForce GTX 580 to know more about its chip.
As usual, SLI relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to around 43% better than a single GeForce GTX 580 performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports SLI or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single GeForce GTX 580. Expect this combination to draw up to 490 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
Recommended CPU
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