Italian website News4IT has leaked a set of benchmarks outlining the performance, power usage and acoustic characteristics of NVIDIA’s imminent GeForce GTX 580. While the source of the charts are not definitively identified, it is suggested that it may be part of NVIDIA’s marketing slide. Whatever the source, the performance benchmarks are virtually identical to the previous eNet leak.
Italian website News4IT has leaked a set of benchmarks outlining the
performance, power usage and acoustic characteristics of NVIDIA’s
imminent GeForce GTX 580. While the source of the charts are not
definitively identified, it is suggested that it may be part of NVIDIA’s
marketing slide. Whatever the source, the performance benchmarks are
virtually identical to the previous eNet leak.
The results are identical to the ones observed in the eNet leak. The GTX 580 is about between 15% and 20% faster than the GTX 480. In gaming benchmarks, the GTX 580 is on average 35% faster than the HD 5870. Turn up the tessellation and the HD 5870 is handily trounced by over 60%. The new benchmarks also include the HD 6870, which predictably performs just below the HD 5870, except for the tessellation oriented benchmarks where it is slightly faster. In addition to single card performances, GTX 580 SLI is compared to HD 5870 CF as well. Here is another resounding win for the GTX 580, with an average of 50% improvement. As with the single card benchmarks, the gaps vary wildly, and while gaming benchmarks are more in the ~40% region, the tessellation oriented benchmarks push up the average.
The GTX 580 displays about between 25% and 30% better performance/watt over the GTX 480. The official TDP of GTX 580 is 244W. Judging by these results, and GTX 480’s characteristics, we can expect an actual TDP under stress load of about ~285W. In short, the GTX 580 will be almost as hot as GTX 480, but with notably superior performance.
Finally, thanks to an improved heatsink and larger fan, the GTX 580 dramatically improves GTX 480’s woeful acoustic performance, lowering the acoustic footprint to a more manageable 47 dBA. This is comparable the the noise generated by the GTX 285, which while still noisy was acceptable.
As always, all such leaks must be taken with a bag of salt. Even if they were directly from NVIDIA, we must remember that often both AMD and NVIDIA tend to cherry pick benchmarks to show their cards in the best light possible against the competition.
The GeForce GTX 580 is expected to hit stores in Nov 9th with a price of $600. Considering the GTX 480 is now widely available for $450 and the faster HD 5970 has dropped to $550 in some places, the GTX 580 strikes as poor value. This can also be an indication of very short supply, inflating the price, as rumoured. Finally, with AMD’s answer to the GTX 580 incoming in about two weeks, the GTX 580 at $600 may not seem like an attractive proposition on release. Regardless, it is a solid improvement over the GTX 480, especially considering it has been only 7 months since GTX 480 debuted. The question is, will it be enough to beat AMD’s Radeon HD 6900 series?