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.


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.


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.

GeForce GTX 500M Series
GeForce GTX 580M SLI (compare) 768 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 560M SLI (compare) 384 @ 775 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 580M 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
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed620 MHz
Shader Speed1240 MHz
Memory Speed1500 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistor Count1950 Million
technology40 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement28.06.2011


3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 3391     avg: 3428.5     median: 3424 (10%)     max: 3475 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 3101     avg: 3131.3     median: 3116 (6%)     max: 3191 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 56036     avg: 57014.5     median: 57014 (30%)     max: 57993 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 26329     avg: 27876.5     median: 27876 (52%)     max: 29424 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 41     avg: 43.3     median: 43 (18%)     max: 44 fps
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 +
Tcvis 1920x1080 +
SolidWorks 1920x1080 +
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 +
Maya 1920x1080 +
Lightwave 1920x1080 +
Ensight 1920x1080 +
Catia 1920x1080 +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1024x768
62.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
60.1  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
30  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
24.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1024x768
79.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
62.6  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
61.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
34.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
191.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
156.9  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
99.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
70.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
91.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
72.7  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
61.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
29.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1280x720
60  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
59.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
59.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Alan Wake

Alan Wake

low 1024x768
93.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
63.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
28.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic