NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI

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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.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI is a high-end graphics solution for laptops based on two GTX 560M graphics cards in SLI mode.  Each card usually renders a single frame in an alternating manner. Therefore, the dual-GPU setup 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 GTX560M SLI supports the same features as a single GTX 560M card. As such, it supports DirectX 11 and is produced in 40nm at TSMC. 

GF116 architecture

The GF116 core is essentially an optimized GF106 core with the same features. The chip offers 192 shaders and a 192 Bit memory bus for GDDR5. More details on the GF106 architecture can be found in the GeForce GTX 460M article.

Performance

In synthetic benchmarks, the performance of the SLI combination is about on a level of a single GeForce GTX 580M. Therefore, all current demanding games (2011) like Crysis 2, Witcher 2, Dirt 3 or even Metro 2033 can be played in 1920x1080 with high to maximum details and Antialiasing.

Features

Similarly the GeForce GTX 460M, the 560M supports Bitstream HD Audio (Blu-Ray) output via HDMI. Also like the Radeon HD 5850, the GTX 560M can transfer Dolby True HD and DTS-HD bitstream-wise without quality loss to a HiFi receiver.

The GTX560M offers the 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). The X500 tester was able to decode the VC-1 encoded Elephants Dream video with about 3-6% CPU load (according to the task manager). The H.264 coded Big Buck Bunny video was played back with 1-3% CPU load (both 1080p videos).

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 560M can assist in general calculations. For example, the stream processor can encode videos considerably faster than many modern CPUs.

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 560M should be about 75 Watt (TDP including the MXM board and memory), which is about the level of the Mobility Radeon HD 5850 - 5870. Therefore, the SLI setup would consume up to 150W, or approximately twice that of a single GeForce GTX 560M. Without load, the chip is clocked at 50/100 MHz and 200/400 MHz (chip/shader) in 2D and 3D, respectively, to save power. Optimus is currently not supported for SLI combinations.

The similar desktop GeForce GTX 560Ti is based on the GF114 chip and offers more shader cores for significantly higher performance. The GTX 550Ti is also based on the GF116, but features a higher clock speed. Therefore, the general performance level of the GeForce GTX 560M SLI is most similar to the GeForce GTS 450 in SLI mode.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLINVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 500M Series
GeForce GTX 580M SLI 768 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 560M SLI 384 @ 775 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 580M (compare) 384 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 570M (compare) 336 @ 575 MHz192 Bit @ 1150 MHz
GeForce GTX 560M (compare) 192 @ 775 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 580M SLI 768 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 560M SLI 384 @ 775 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 580M (compare) 384 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 570M (compare) 336 @ 575 MHz192 Bit @ 1150 MHz
GeForce GTX 560M (compare) 192 @ 775 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
CodenameN12E-GTX2N12E-GS
ArchitectureFermiFermi
768 - 384 -
Core620 MHz775 MHz
Shader1240 MHz1550 MHz
Memory1500 MHz1250 MHz
Bus256 Bit192 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
nono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Technology40 nm40 nm
Size
Introduced06.01.2011 06.01.2011
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_gtx...http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/GPUs/gef...

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 5631     avg: 5976.3     median: 6102 (17%)     max: 6196 points
min: 3735     avg: 3997.7     median: 4089 (12%)     max: 4169 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 5665     avg: 5990     median: 6106 (12%)     max: 6199 points
3616 points (7%)
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
52849 Points (55%)
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 88219     avg: 89536     median: 89536 (47%)     max: 90853 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
31017 Points (58%)
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
+ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 77     avg: 82.5     median: 82 (37%)     max: 87 fps
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
7.9 points (113%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
7.9 points (113%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI → 70%

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1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
235  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
193  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
91  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
299.7  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
189.5  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
156.9 176.6 ~ 167 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
78.4 80.2 81 ~ 80 fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
46  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
46  fps
high 1600x900
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
44  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
11  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Crysis 2

Crysis 2

2011
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
347.8  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
239  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
106 176.8 ~ 141 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
67.5 69 ~ 68 fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

2011
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
303  fps
med. 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
122  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
51  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
159.2  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
131.4  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
125.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
87 118.3 ~ 103 fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
639  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
408.4  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
337  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
217 220.5 ~ 219 fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Civilization 5

Civilization 5

2010
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
76  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
39.1  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
132.9  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
136.1  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
135.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
99.6 102 112.4 ~ 105 fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
333.4  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
81.3  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
81.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
90 96.3 ~ 93 fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2

2010
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
57.1  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
»
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
153.8  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
151.4  fps
high 1600x900
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
92.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
31 fps 32.4 ~ 32 fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
124  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
89  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
80  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
72  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
200  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
198.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
169 fps 180.1 ~ 175 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
102 fps 105.4 ~ 104 fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Stalker: Call of Pripyat

Stalker: Call of Pripyat

2010
ultra 1920x1200
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
81  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
333.6  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
196.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
185.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
127 140.9 ~ 134 fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
189.3  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
163.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
140.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
116.7 121 ~ 119 fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
196.8  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
141.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
136.1 144.9 ~ 141 fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Need for Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift

2009
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
132.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
134.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
135.3  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Colin McRae: DIRT 2

Colin McRae: DIRT 2

2009
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
114  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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ArmA 2

ArmA 2

2009
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
51  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

2008
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
65  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
130  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Trackmania Nations Forever

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
144  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Supreme Commander - FA Bench

Supreme Commander - FA Bench

2007
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
57.6  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
46  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
43.5  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
89  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
164  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
384  fps
med. 640x480
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
390  fps
high 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
381  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
377  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
890  fps
GeForce GTX 580M SLI:
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