NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI is a high-end graphics solution for laptops based on the two GTX 580M graphic cards in SLI mode. With SLI, each card usually renders a single frame (AFR mode). Therefore, it may suffer from micro stuttering in low fps ranges of 30fps. This happens because of different timespans between two frames (e.g., irregular delays between sequential frames).

The GeForce GTX 580M SLI supports the same features as a single GTX 580M card. Therefore, it supports DirectX 11 and is produced in a 40nm fabrication process at TSMC.

GF114 architecture

The GF114 core is a power-optimized version of the GF104 (used in the GTX 485M), but with no architectural changes. Therefore, the performance per MHz stays the same. Nvidia, however, was able to clock the shaders higher while still remaining in the same power envelope. The GTX 580M offers all 384 shader cores in the GF114. More information on the similar GF104 architecture can be found on the GeForce GTX 485M page.

Performance

Due to the higher clock speeds, the GeForce GTX 580M SLI is faster than the GTX 485M SLI which was the fastest mobile graphics solution at the time. All current demanding games (2011) like Crysis 2, Witcher 2, Dirt 3 or even Metro 2033 can be played in 1920x1080 with maximum details and most Antialiasing features enabled.

Features

Similar to the older GF104 chip, the GF114 also supports Bitstream HD Audio (Blu-Ray) output via HDMI. That means it can transfer, for example, Dolby True HD or DTS-HD bitstream without quality loss to a HiFi receiver.

The GTX 580M offers the PureVideo HD technology for video decoding. The included Video Processor 4 (VP4) supports feature set C and is therefore able to fully decode MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2 (MPEG-4 ASP - e.g., DivX or Xvid), VC-1/WMV9, and H.264 (VLD, IDCT, Motion Compensation, and Deblocking). 

Furthermore, the GPU is able to decode two 1080p streams simultaneously (e.g. for Blu-Ray Picture-in-Picture).

Through CUDA, OpenCL, and DirectCompute 2.1 support, the GeForce GTX 580M can be of help in general calculations. For example, the stream processor can encode videos considerably faster than can a fast CPU. Furthermore, physics calculations can be done by the GPU using PhysX (e.g., supported by Mafia 2 or Metro 2033). As two 580M are used for the SLI combination, one card alone can be used for PhysX and the other for rendering the game graphics.

3D Vision enables the laptop to send 3D content (3D games, 3D Web Streaming, 3D photos, 3D Blu-Rays) to a built-in 3D enabled screen or an external 3D TV (only if supported by the laptop manufacturer).

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 580M is in the same region as the old GTX 485M, which is supposedly about 100 Watt (TDP including the MXM board and memory). Therefore, the SLI system needs up to 200 Watt using both cards. Without load, the performance is clocked at 50/100 MHz (chip/shader) in 2D mode and 200/400 in 3D mode to save power. Furthermore, a single card can be deactivated to save power.

The similar desktop GeForce GTX 580 is based on the GF110 chip and much faster in comparison. Therefore, the 580M is more closely related to the GeForce GTX 560Ti, the latter of which is still faster due to higher clock speeds.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTX 500M Series
GeForce GTX 580M SLI 768 @ 620MHz256 Bit @ 1500MHz

GeForce GTX 560M SLI

384 @ 775MHz192 Bit @ 1250MHz

GeForce GTX 580M

384 @ 620MHz256 Bit @ 1500MHz

GeForce GTX 570M

336 @ 575MHz192 Bit @ 1150MHz

GeForce GTX 560M

192 @ 775MHz192 Bit @ 1250MHz
CodenameN12E-GTX2
ArchitectureFermi
Pipelines768 - unified
Core Speed *620 MHz
Shader Speed *1240 MHz
Memory Speed *1500 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Power Consumption100 Watt
technology40 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement06.01.2011
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_gtx...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5631      avg: 5976.3 (46%)     median: 6102 (47%)     max: 6196 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5665      avg: 5990 (38%)     median: 6106 (39%)     max: 6199 points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 23932      avg: 25021.5 (68%)     median: 25021.5 (68%)     max: 26111 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 24041      avg: 24335.3 (56%)     median: 24383 (56%)     max: 24582 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 22740      avg: 23255 (79%)     median: 23040.5 (78%)     max: 24199 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 31017      avg: 31017 (84%)     median: 31017 (84%)     max: 31017 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 88219      avg: 89536 (59%)     median: 89536 (59%)     max: 90853 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 52849      avg: 52849 (86%)     median: 52849 (86%)     max: 52849 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 77.8      avg: 82.5 (50%)     median: 82.5 (50%)     max: 87.2 fps
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 18623      avg: 18887.5 (72%)     median: 18887.5 (72%)     max: 19152 Points
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 5.42      avg: 5.7 (8%)     median: 5.7 (8%)     max: 5.89 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 24.19      avg: 24.5 (40%)     median: 24.5 (40%)     max: 24.78 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 12.41      avg: 13.9 (17%)     median: 13.9 (17%)     max: 15.41 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 9.16      avg: 9.6 (9%)     median: 9.6 (9%)     max: 9.96 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.33      avg: 1.4 (7%)     median: 1.4 (7%)     max: 1.37 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7.56      avg: 7.7 (12%)     median: 7.7 (12%)     max: 7.76 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 0.79      avg: 0.8 (1%)     median: 0.8 (1%)     max: 0.8 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 2.22      avg: 2.2 (4%)     median: 2.2 (4%)     max: 2.23 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 44.42      avg: 45.9 (42%)     median: 45.9 (42%)     max: 47.46 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 5977      avg: 5996 (51%)     median: 5999 (51%)     max: 6012 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.9      avg: 7.9 (100%)     median: 7.9 (100%)     max: 7.9 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.9      avg: 7.9 (100%)     median: 7.9 (100%)     max: 7.9 points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Deus Ex Human Revolution
low:
235  fps      Compare
high:
193  fps      Compare
ultra:
91  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Dirt 3
Dirt 3 (2011)
low:
299.7  fps      Compare
med.:
189.5  fps      Compare
high:
156.9 176.6 ~ 167 fps      Compare
ultra:
78.4 80.2 81 ~ 80 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
low:
46  fps      Compare
med.:
46  fps      Compare
high:
44  fps      Compare
ultra:
11  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis 2
Crysis 2 (2011)
low:
347.8  fps      Compare
med.:
239  fps      Compare
high:
106 176.8 ~ 141 fps      Compare
ultra:
67.5 69 ~ 68 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Total War: Shogun 2
Total War: Shogun 2 (2011)
low:
303  fps      Compare
med.:
122  fps      Compare
ultra:
51  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
low:
159.2  fps      Compare
med.:
131.4  fps      Compare
high:
125.6  fps      Compare
ultra:
87 118.3 ~ 103 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Fifa 11
Fifa 11 (2010)
low:
639  fps      Compare
med.:
408.4  fps      Compare
high:
337  fps      Compare
ultra:
217 220.5 ~ 219 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Civilization 5
Civilization 5 (2010)
low:
76  fps      Compare
ultra:
39.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Mafia 2
Mafia 2 (2010)
low:
132.9  fps      Compare
med.:
136.1  fps      Compare
high:
135.3  fps      Compare
ultra:
99.6 102 112.4 ~ 105 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
StarCraft 2
StarCraft 2 (2010)
low:
333.4  fps      Compare
med.:
81.3  fps      Compare
high:
81.4  fps      Compare
ultra:
90 96.3 ~ 93 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Just Cause 2
Just Cause 2 (2010)
ultra:
57.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Metro 2033
Metro 2033 (2010)
low:
153.8  fps      Compare
med.:
151.4  fps      Compare
high:
92.3  fps      Compare
ultra:
31 32.4 ~ 32 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising
low:
124  fps      Compare
med.:
89  fps      Compare
high:
80  fps      Compare
ultra:
72  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
low:
200  fps      Compare
med.:
198.8  fps      Compare
high:
169 180.1 ~ 175 fps      Compare
ultra:
102 105.4 ~ 104 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Stalker: Call of Pripyat
Stalker: Call of Pripyat (2010)
ultra:
81  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
CoD Modern Warfare 2
low:
333.6  fps      Compare
med.:
196.9  fps      Compare
high:
185.9  fps      Compare
ultra:
127 140.9 ~ 134 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Risen
Risen (2009)
low:
189.3  fps      Compare
med.:
163.1  fps      Compare
high:
140.2  fps      Compare
ultra:
116.7 121 ~ 119 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 5 (2009)
low:
196.8  fps      Compare