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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 580 EVGA FTW Hydro Copper 2 1.5GB Edition Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 96% 103%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 79% 86%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 73% 80%
FIFA 21 1% 2%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 73% 80%
Watch Dogs Legion 89% 96%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 180% 191%
Grand Theft Auto VI 175% 186%
Genshin Impact 96% 103%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 85% 92%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 EVGA FTW Hydro Copper 2 1.5GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition.

The HD 7870 has a 300 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 580. This results in the HD 7870 providing 37.6 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 HD 7870 has a 300 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 580, but the GTX 580 has 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the GTX 580 exhibits a 4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 7870. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 7870 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 580, and so the HD 7870 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 HD 7870 has 512 MB more video memory than the GTX 580, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 580 has 41.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7870, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 580 is noticeably better than the HD 7870.

The GeForce GTX 580 EVGA FTW Hydro Copper 2 1.5GB Edition has 512 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 580 is 870 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1251. The HD 7870 having 381 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 580 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 7870 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 580. This means that the HD 7870 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 580.

The GeForce GTX 580 EVGA FTW Hydro Copper 2 1.5GB Edition requires 244 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 580 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7870. The GTX 580 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the HD 7870. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 580 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 7870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs1150 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF110-375-A1GCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date17 Jan 2011vs01 Sep 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
9.6
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9.5
1920x1080
7.6
green tick vs
7.5
2560x1440
5.4
vs green tick
5.5
3840x2160 - vs green tick
3.9

GPU Memory

Memory1536 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1049 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth201.4GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units512vs1280
Actual Shader Performance42%vs60%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs80
Texture Rate54.4 GTexel/svs92 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate40.8 GPixel/svs36.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power244 Watts-
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

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

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 580 EVGA FTW Hydro Copper 2 1.5GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 580, created by EVGA.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 850MHz, instead of 772MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1049MHz, instead of 1002MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
EVGA Hydro Copper waterblock with a true single slot, full-cover design, end to end.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 7% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 580.
Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition is a special edition of Radeon HD 7870.
This is one of today's most powerful editions of the reference as it features increases in both the core and memory clocks that went from 1000MHz to 1150MHz and from 1200MHz to 1250MHz.
Benchmarks indicate the performance boost is quite extreme and around 8% when compared to the reference Radeon HD 7870.
Recommended CPU
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