NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M is the fastest laptop graphics card as of this writing and was presented in June 2011. It is based on the GF114 core, which is related to the Fermi architecture. Therefore, it supports DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0. Compared to the previous GeForce GTX 485M, the 580M offers higher clock rates at the same power consumption levels.

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, but Nvidia was able to clock the shaders higher while still remaining in the same power envelope. In fact, all 384 shader cores of the GF114 architecture are enabled in the GTX 580M. More information on the similar GF104 architecture can be found on the GeForce GTX 485M page.

Performance

Due to higher clock speeds, the GeForce GTX 580M is faster than the GTX 485M which was the fastest mobile graphics card at the time. As of 2011, only Metro 2033 cannot run fluently at highest settings and full HD resolution. All other demanding games (like Crysis 2, Duke Nukem Forever, Withcer 2, Dirt 3, BF: Bad Company 2 or Bulletstorm) can be played fluently in highest settings and 1080p resolution.

Features

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

The GTX 580M offers PureVideo HD technology for video decoding. The included Video Processor 4 (VP4) supports feature set C and therefore the GPU is 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 assist in general calculations. For example, the stream processor can encode videos considerably faster than many modern CPUs. Furthermore, physics calculations can be done by the GPU using PhysX (e.g. supported by Mafia 2 or Metro 2033).

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

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). If idle, the chip is clocked at 50/100 MHz and 200/400 MHz (chip/shader) in 2D mode and 3D mode, respectively, to save power. Furthermore, the 500M series supports Optimus for automatic switching between the Intel integrated graphics card and the Nvidia GPU. However, implementation of Optimus is dependent upon the manufacturer of the notebook.

The related desktop GeForce GTX 580 is based on the GF110 chip and is much faster than the GeForce GTX 580M. Therefore, in terms of general performance, the 580M is more closely related to the GeForce GTX 560Ti. Even then, the 580M performs slightly slower due to the higher clock speeds of the desktop 560Ti.

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
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed *620 MHz
Shader Speed *1240 MHz
Memory Speed *1500 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Power Consumption100 Watt
Transistors1950 Million
technology40 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement28.06.2011
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 3391      avg: 3428.5 (27%)     median: 3424 (27%)     max: 3475 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 3101      avg: 3131.3 (20%)     median: 3116.5 (20%)     max: 3191 points
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GeForce GTX 460 768MB -10%
Radeon HD 6790 -8%
Radeon HD 7770 -1%
GeForce GTX 580M
Radeon HD 5850 9%
...
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100%
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 14281      avg: 14403.5 (39%)     median: 14403.5 (39%)     max: 14526 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 13234      avg: 13295.7 (31%)     median: 13315 (31%)     max: 13338 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 19850      avg: 20664.5 (70%)     median: 20550.5 (70%)     max: 21707 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 26329      avg: 27876.5 (76%)     median: 27876.5 (76%)     max: 29424 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 56036      avg: 57014.5 (38%)     median: 57014.5 (38%)     max: 57993 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 27355      avg: 27355 (45%)     median: 27355 (45%)     max: 27355 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 41.8      avg: 43.3 (26%)     median: 43.8 (27%)     max: 44.3 fps
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 7473      avg: 11810.5 (45%)     median: 11810.5 (45%)     max: 16148 Points
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 4.91      avg: 5.8 (8%)     median: 5.8 (8%)     max: 6.6 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 24.8      avg: 24.9 (41%)     median: 24.9 (41%)     max: 24.91 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 11.87      avg: 12.8 (16%)     median: 12.8 (16%)     max: 13.7 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 10.9      avg: 11.1 (10%)     median: 11.1 (10%)     max: 11.3 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.2      avg: 1.2 (6%)     median: 1.2 (6%)     max: 1.2 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7.11      avg: 7.8 (12%)     median: 7.8 (12%)     max: 8.4 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 0.78      avg: 0.8 (1%)     median: 0.8 (1%)     max: 0.8 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 2.2      avg: 2.2 (4%)     median: 2.2 (4%)     max: 2.22 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 42.41      avg: 44 (40%)     median: 44 (40%)     max: 45.5 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 6063      avg: 6209.5 (53%)     median: 6209.5 (53%)     max: 6356 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.3      avg: 7.4 (94%)     median: 7.4 (94%)     max: 7.5 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.3      avg: 7.4 (94%)     median: 7.4 (94%)     max: 7.5 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.

Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3 (2012)
low:
62.7  fps      Compare
med.:
60.1  fps      Compare
high:
30  fps      Compare
ultra:
24.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Dirt Showdown
low:
79.6  fps      Compare
med.:
62.6  fps      Compare
high:
61.4  fps      Compare
ultra:
34.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Diablo III
Diablo III (2012)
low:
191.2  fps      Compare
med.:
156.9  fps      Compare
high:
99.7  fps      Compare
ultra:
70.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Risen 2: Dark Waters
low:
91.1  fps      Compare
med.:
72.7  fps      Compare
high:
61.3  fps      Compare
ultra:
29.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Mass Effect 3
low:
60  fps      Compare
high:
59.9  fps      Compare
ultra:
59.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Alan Wake
Alan Wake (2012)
low:
93.8  fps      Compare
med.:
63.4  fps      Compare
ultra:
28.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011)
low:
72.9  fps      Compare
high:
56.1  fps      Compare
ultra:
49.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Anno 2070
Anno 2070 (2011)
low:
195.9  fps      Compare
med.:
99.7  fps      Compare
high:
63.8  fps      Compare
ultra:
31.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
low:
61.1  fps      Compare
med.:
56.1  fps      Compare
high:
47.1  fps      Compare
ultra:
32.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
CoD: Modern Warfare 3
low:
213.7  fps      Compare
med.:
136.1  fps      Compare
high:
95.4  fps      Compare
ultra:
64.7  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Battlefield 3
low:
98.1  fps      Compare
med.:
69.5  fps      Compare
high:
54.3  fps      Compare
ultra:
24  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Batman: Arkham City
low:
131  fps      Compare