GeForce GTX 580 And GF110: The Way Nvidia Meant It To Be Played

Benchmark Results: Lost Planet 2 (DX11)

AMD’s Radeon HD 5970 slowly creeps up to the GeForce GTX 480 in Lost Planet 2, finally passing it at 2560x1600. The GeForce GTX 580 helps ensure that Nvidia maintains a lead at all three resolutions.

Interestingly, AMD’s Radeon HD 6870 is able to outmaneuver the Radeon HD 5870 at 1680x1050 and 2560x1600. The two cards are less than one frame per second apart at 1920x1200.

Here’s the thing: Nvidia claims its architecture is better-positioned for the latest DirectX 11-based games. It’s hard to tell if the company’s advantage in this title (along with Metro 2033) is more heavily influenced by the fact that Lost Planet 2 is a TWIMTBP game or if it incorporates that many next-gen graphics features. Frankly, based on the performance patterns in some of the other DX11 games, we’re inclined to suspect the former. That’s not to take away from Nvidia’s performance here—our results reflect the state of affairs for anyone who wants to play Lost Planet 2 today. Nvidia simply has the faster frame rates.

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  • TheRockMonsi
    The price right now for this card is way over $500 on newegg. For that price NVIDIA better be giving me a bj as well.
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  • KT_WASP
    The last bit of the article is the most important I think. Anyone who drops $500 on this card right now, before Cayman releases, should have their head examined. With two companies releasing so close together, it would be in a person's best interest to see what the other is bringing to the table before shelling out such a large chunk of change.

    If the 6850 and 6870 have shown one thing.. they are much better then the last gen in many ways (power, noise and scaling) and the cayman is much more robust then the barts. So, before you start calling a winner here, wait and see. That is my advise.
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  • awood28211
    Sound performance but the game here seems to be...double leap-frog. You can just release a product that competes with the competitors current offerings, you gotta compete with what he releases next... If AMD's next offering is significantly faster than it's current, then NVIDIA will still be playing catchup.
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  • xurwin
    its the beast(best)! no doubt nvidia is making a way to combat 6900's
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  • KT_WASP
    The last bit of the article is the most important I think. Anyone who drops $500 on this card right now, before Cayman releases, should have their head examined. With two companies releasing so close together, it would be in a person's best interest to see what the other is bringing to the table before shelling out such a large chunk of change.

    If the 6850 and 6870 have shown one thing.. they are much better then the last gen in many ways (power, noise and scaling) and the cayman is much more robust then the barts. So, before you start calling a winner here, wait and see. That is my advise.
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  • awood28211
    Sound performance but the game here seems to be...double leap-frog. You can just release a product that competes with the competitors current offerings, you gotta compete with what he releases next... If AMD's next offering is significantly faster than it's current, then NVIDIA will still be playing catchup.
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  • Wheat_Thins
    Kinda pointless article other then the fact that the 580 offers superb performance but until I see power and noise set in stone I honestly don't care.

    A single GPU nearly outperforming a 5970 is quite a statement. Wonder if AMD has what it takes to answer this as the 6850 IMPO is pretty disappointing other then the price.
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  • nevertell
    So it's basically what the 480 should have been. Fair enough, I'll wait for the 470 version of the gf110 and buy that.
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  • TheRockMonsi
    The price right now for this card is way over $500 on newegg. For that price NVIDIA better be giving me a bj as well.
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  • Anonymous
    It'll certainly be interesting, even if i don't agree with NVIDIA playing catchup. The 480 had its flaws, but it still was the fastest single GPU around.

    We'll see what the 69xx have to offer. NVIDIA releasing now puts somewhat of a time constraint on AMD though. If it takes them too long to get something out the door, even some people waiting now may just get the 580 for christmas.
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  • kevin1212
    Nvidia is embarrassed by the power draw of the gtx 580, haha. Improvement in performance but uses the same amt of power... still not a big enough improvement in efficiency, and no big leap in value either. AMD will wipe the floor with this card.

    By the way, i know you guys decided to drop crysis, and i can understand that, but given that this is a high end card, maybe you should have considered it, since frankly anyone buying a card like this would probably want it for crysis more than anything else. A 6870 is more than enough for the others.
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  • iamtheking123
    Looks to me that the 580 is somewhere between a 5870 and a 5970. Might have been more impressive if it was Q2 2010 and not Q4 2010.

    With ATI's meat-and-gravy bits of the 6000 series on the launchpad, you'd be an idiot to buy one of these at this price.
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  • Blink
    On Civ 5 benchmark the 5970 has the worst 'Zoomed Out' fps. Strange?
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  • rottingsheep
    i think 1 big inefficient chip trumps 2 efficient chips when it comes to performance taking into account the dual gpu scaling inefficiency.
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  • rottingsheep
    where's the data for 580s temp and power consumption?
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  • meat81
    Take that ATI Fanboys!
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  • mustbhacks
    kevin1212Nvidia is embarrassed by the power draw of the gtx 580, haha. Improvement in performance but uses the same amt of power... still not a big enough improvement in efficiency, and no big leap in value either. AMD will wipe the floor with this card. By the way, i know you guys decided to drop crysis, and i can understand that, but given that this is a high end card, maybe you should have considered it, since frankly anyone buying a card like this would probably want it for crysis more than anything else. A 6870 is more than enough for the others.


    I'd say Metro more than fills Crysis's shoes.

    And to the guy above who was dissapointed by the 6850, you're insane.
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  • notty22
    If the GTX 580 could talk it would probably say:
    "There can be only one "
    Fastest GPU on the planet.
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  • Anonymous
    Hey look, a MAINGEAR SHIFT!
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  • rhino13
    Nice offering.
    I wish nVidia had had this success initially.
    But it is nice that they went back and patched things up.

    Looking forward to a comparison between the 580 and the 6970!
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  • eklipz330
    how come other sites have power and heat representation?
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  • dominatorix
    just wait for Cayman.....but I want a card on 32 or 28 nm chip architecture, sow I' will wait even more.....
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  • yzfr1guy
    Power usage is in-effing-sane for higher end gpu's. What happened to the Go Green effort with pcs? :P
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