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    Default Gtx 580 > 7970?

    I apologize in advance if my question is a bit naive.

    According to a few video reviews and benchmarks I've see on YouTube (TimeToLiveCustoms, Trubritar, Motherboardsorg), they're claiming the new AMD 7970 out performs the GTX 580--not by a large margin--but enough to suggest it is the better card of the two.

    Why is it that your list of High End Video Cards shows the GTX 580 (3gb?) out performing the 7970?

    Thanks!

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    Passmark seems to be pretty unreliable at the top of the charts. For example 580 > 590? And Even 570 > 590? Makes no sense. 580 > 570 > 6990 isn't realistic either.

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    Different benchmarks (and games) perform differently on different video cards.

    For example on Crysis 2 the 580 has a significant lead over the 7970.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...rk,3123-7.html

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    The video card with dual GPUs (SLI & Crossfire) only perform well in some games.

    The issue has been covered in about 20 other older posts.
    http://www.passmark.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2520
    http://www.passmark.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2488
    http://www.passmark.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1435

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    Quote Originally Posted by passmark View Post
    Different benchmarks (and games) perform differently on different video cards.

    For example on Crysis 2 the 580 has a significant lead over the 7970.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...rk,3123-7.html
    Thanks for the answer, I hope mgthack's comments didn't sway the tone of my question (meant no disrespect to your site).

    I will definitely keep this in mind on my next purchase, I've used the information on your site for three builds now.

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    My intention wasn't to trash this benchmark because I feel it's fairly reliable for mid to low range cards. However I think it's very important to point out how this benchmark would differ from real world performance - ie, actual gaming.

    As mentioned by the admin, Crysis and Crysis 2 tend to favor GeForces, but round up the benchmarks over a variety of games, and the 7970 will be faster than the 580. I believe a high quality 3d benchmark should take into account enough different application profiles such that the score at least approaches real world results. I think it's kind of a cop-out to say, because Game X performs better on the 580, we're not going to do anything about it.

    Just comparing to another well-known synthetic benchmark, 3dmark, I think it's worth mentioning that those scores give a better representation of real world performance than G3D. Understandably the reasons are not 100% under PassMark's control, especially when looking at dual GPU/SLI boards.

    I'll stop writing because I know this topic has been covered before. The other threads are informative enough.
    Last edited by mtghack; 02-19-2012 at 12:41 AM.

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    We want to be able to test a broad range of cards, on a broad range of operating systems.

    We want people to be able to measure how much better their performance will be if they upgrade, for example, from Windows XP with GeForce 2 to Window 7 with a GTX 580.

    The current 3dmark11 doesn't run on XP and doesn't run on maybe 80% of video cards that people actually have. (And I mean people in the broad sense, not just gamers).

    I would also believe that if you look at slightly older games (DirectX9 era) then PerformanceTest would in fact be reasonable reflective of gaming performance.

    In the next major release of PerformanceTest will be including a DirectX 11 test. This should favor the AMD 7970 slightly as its DX11 performance is better than its DX9 & 10 performance. We'll also be having another go at SLI / Crossfire support.

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    Question 7970 vs 580 ...

    Quote Originally Posted by LCM View Post
    I apologize in advance if my question is a bit naive.

    According to a few video reviews and benchmarks I've see on YouTube (TimeToLiveCustoms, Trubritar, Motherboardsorg), they're claiming the new AMD 7970 out performs the GTX 580--not by a large margin--but enough to suggest it is the better card of the two.

    Why is it that your list of High End Video Cards shows the GTX 580 (3gb?) out performing the 7970?

    Thanks!
    I, too, found that pretty weird.

    Quote Originally Posted by passmark View Post
    Different benchmarks (and games) perform differently on different video cards.

    For example on Crysis 2 the 580 has a significant lead over the 7970.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...rk,3123-7.html
    Indeed, under DX9.

    Quote Originally Posted by passmark View Post
    (...) In the next major release of PerformanceTest will be including a DirectX 11 test. This should favor the AMD 7970 slightly as its DX11 performance is better than its DX9 & 10 performance. (...)
    (emphasis mine)

    This page:

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-radeon-hd-7970-review/21

    ... shows the 7970 performing over 24% faster at 1900x1200 resolution than the 580.

    That's not slight in any way; depending on the features being used, the 7970 is capable of having a massive lead over the 580 when playing DX11+ games; that is something the benchmark does not take into consideration (by choice), but is something important to know about, nonetheless.

    Regards.

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    We haven't completed coding on the next release as yet. So I don't how exactly what the DX11 performance will look like on different cards. We do expect the AMD 7970 DX11 performance to be better than DX9. I can't say at this point if it is 5% better or 30% better. It is unlikely we'll run the test at 1900x1200 resolution however,as 1) this is rare resolution for people to use, 1080p being more common. and 2) for the sake of comparison we need a resolution that 99% of people have available. This will probably moderate the difference somewhat.

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