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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card Tests
First Look: GeForce GTX 670
DX10: Crysis Warhead
DX11: 3DMark11
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Batman Arkham City
DX11: Battlefield 3
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 3.0
Temperature and Power Consumption
GeForce GTX 670 Conclusion

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card Review

Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Product Name: GeForce GTX 670
Suggested Retail Price: $399.99 MSRP

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by NVIDIA.

NVIDIA Have enjoyed the fruits of their labors with the recent launch of Kepler, their latest ultra-efficient desktop GPU architecture. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 seized the crown for graphics performance, but also has a price tag fit for kings. Now NVIDIA are back to address the needs of performance gamers with GeForce GTX 670, using the same GK104 GPU found in GTX 680 along with 2GB of GDDR5 memory running at the same clock speeds. For around $399 the GeForce GTX 670 matches price to the AMD Radeon HD 7950, yet performs to the level of Radeon HD 7970. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 video card against the leading competition, including the GeForce GTX 570 that it replaces.

NVIDIA targets high-performance gaming enthusiasts look to upgrade their aging graphics card with their GeForce GTX 670 video card, who tend to update their hardware every few years. In order to best illustrate the GTX 670s performance potential, we use the most demanding PC video game titles and benchmark software available. Video frame rate performance is tested against a large collection of competing desktop graphics products, such as the AMD Radeon HD 7970 (Tahiti). Crysis Warhead compares DirectX 10 performance levels, joined by newer DirectX 11 benchmarks such as: 3DMark11, Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, and Unigine Heaven 3.

Of the many platforms available to enjoy video games, there's no question that the highest quality graphics come from PC. While game developers might not consider PC gaming as lucrative as entertainment consoles, companies like NVIDIA use desktop graphics to set the benchmark for smaller more compact designs that make it into notebooks, tablets, and smartphone devices. NVIDIA's Kepler GPU architecture is an example of this, delivering unprecedented performance while operating cooler and consuming far less power than previous flagship discrete graphics cards. Featuring their new NVIDIA GPU Boost technology, the GeForce GTX 670 video card can dynamically adjust power and clock speeds based on real-time application demands.


NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 670 graphics card is designed around their next-generation Kepler GPU architecture, which adopts key aspects from the previous Fermi architecture. Building from the 32-core Streaming Multiprocessor (SM) from Fermi on the GeForce GTX 580, NVIDIA optimized Kepler with twice the performance per watt using an innovative 192-core streaming multiprocessor (referred to as SMX) that exchanges a double speed processor clock for more processor cores. Utilizing seven SMX units, the GeForce GTX 670 boasts 1344 total CUDA cores which manage shader, texture, geometry, and compute tasks. GTX 670 shares an identical memory subsystem with GeForce GTX 680, which reduces the pipeline penalty for these many cores and allows memory speeds up to 6.0 Gb/s. Combined, these architecture improvements offer impressive performance gains while improving overall power efficiency, yet they actually represent only a small portion of new technology available with this product.

In addition to a new and improved Kepler GPU architecture with NVIDIA GPU Boost technology, the GeForce GTX 670 video card delivers refinements in the user experience. Smoother FXAA and adaptive vSync technology results in less chop, stutter, and tearing in on-screen motion. Overclockers might see their enthusiast experiments threatened by the presence of NVIDIA GPU Boost technology, but dynamically adjusting power and clock speed profiles can be supplemented with additional overclocking or shut off completely. Adaptive vSync on the other hand, is a welcome addition by all users - from the gamer to the casual computer user. This new technology adjusts the monitor's refresh rate whenever the FPS rate becomes too low to properly sustain vertical sync (when enabled), thereby reducing stutter and tearing artifacts. Finally, NVIDIA is introducing TXAA, a film-style anti-aliasing technique with a mix of hardware post-processing, custom CG file style AA resolve, and an optional temporal component for better image quality.



# ImpressiveBob 2012-05-10 08:42
Really impressive performance. Probably the best bang for buck in current cards. Good review too Olin.
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# RE: ImpressiveOlin Coles 2012-05-10 08:44
Thank you! Unfortunately I was absent for about three of the five days I had this video card, so I didn't get to test as much as I would have liked.
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# RE: RE: ImpressivetheUglyman0war 2012-05-11 21:33
Hey Olin great Job! would love to see some overclocks and SLI benchmarks at higher setting like enthusiast crysis warhead and why not turn on physx on the Batman benchmark?
Also was wondering if Battlefield 3 on three monitors and 3dVision will be as memory hungry or if I should wait for the upcoming 4 gig cards?
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card Testsclaydough 2012-05-10 09:35
Holy Moly! Jeez Louise!

Go to Toughest bench first -> Metro2033 3 frame difference
Go to To will it play nerfed -> Crysis2 3 frame difference
Go to Gbuffer tech to see memory intensive app -> Battlefield3 3 frame difference!
Finish off with Physx example/open city that opened with shakey driver support: ArkhamCity... 3 Frame Differnce

?Check Price again...
According to Nvidia Math 3 frames represents the single GPU flagship performance that justifies a $100 price difference?

Perhaps a metro 2033/ Battlefied3 3Dvision + NV surround With dual tri ( quad? ) SLI is needed to show more advantage not yet exposed?
Otherwise I sure am glad there have not been any GTX 680 stock.

( I suppose a new wave of powerful games that will not be as nerfed by console economics when the next gen of consoles are released will validate the $100 difference as well... But I would suspect that Metro 2033 should have been enough of a burden for the gtx 680 to prove the advantage of it's muscle?? )

Was a GK 100 chip or GTX 780 rumor ever accounted for??
It would seem reasonable by looking at the results of this bench that perhaps some of the rumors have some truth? Perhaps the gtx 680 is a different flagship class then the 480 and 580???
( otherwise the gtx 570 was virtually equal to a 480... Compared to the KO "beatdown" the 670 gives the 580? ( boom! )

Don't know why the article starts with a concentration comparing against the 570 it replaces? The obvious story is: Why is this card practically a gtx 680 gk104 with the same memory?? Just turned down slightly? Better power requirement handling under load? While at lower temperture under load? ( with a 3 frame difference at the max settings given I would love to see if it can overclock as well? )

If it can... Then for $300 dollars cheaper! I can easily see the gtx670 tri sli the big story of the year ( if it scales well? )

Just seems so weird at the price point to actually dive in just yet. But if nothing develops that explains or ruins the ridiculous value... after x-mas I will definitely tri Sli the 670.
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# RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card TestsDavid Ramsey 2012-05-10 09:49
Since you can't buy any new Kepler-based video card yet, it's largely academic.
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# RE: RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card Testsclaydough 2012-05-10 10:01
More like a blessing :)
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# RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card TestsSempifi99 2012-05-11 10:57
Accounting for rumors is pointless. For all we know the GK 100 will be for workstations only, or perhaps it was scrapped for "other" reasons.
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# RE: RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card TeststheUglyman0war 2012-05-11 21:09
Considering I pulled the brakes on Keplers launch cuz the air stank of fish...
Knowing that I might have saved $300 on my tri sli replacement makes me so happy I have spent the past round of benchmarks squealing in glee like a little girl riding a pretty pink bony bareback!(some of which showing even less of a divide like Tom's showing "less than" < the 3 seconds in Metro 2033 even at the extrem rez of 2650 x 1600!!)
Sure is hard for me to consider considering the possible implications "pointless"? Tho I suppose current developments might just be dumb luck.
But let us assume u r exactly right? In which case, what happens to gtx 680 production? How can they possibly sell any more of them at $100 more now? What kind of idiot would u have to be? (I suppose some might just blindly trudge on despite the obvious value disparity?)
When the single gpu flagship pride has been a point of prestige as much as anything else! And in light of the recent Jon Pedi Research numbers showing the projected multi-Billion ( $23 Billion ) Dollar PC gaming market explosion driven by performance gaming systems. Where according to their research:
The Enthusiast Market of systems costing over $3400 dollars a build represent as much of the final dollar share in the end as the performance systems costing over $1000 a build! And each of which alone, are more than double the markets dollar share compared to the ghetto gamer (gaming builds costing about $800)who invariably QQ's the loudest in support of their needs when they are contributing the least to the detriment of the gaming experience suffered by the peformance and above market who actually created this explosion in the first place!) In other words, The low and Mid Range users at the end of this console cycle are poised to become the new least common denominator that brings down the level of gaming for the rest of us! (Now that soon the blame can not be leveled squarely with the consoles)
In light of the new PC gaming revolution the last thing Nvidia would want to do is to lose credibility on their flagship model when the enthusiast Market numbers show how important they actually are.
( Unless they r going to play smoke and mirrors and just Promote their dual GPU flagship and the GTX 670 and Ignore the GTX680?
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card TeststheUglyman0war 2012-05-11 21:27
That strategy of simply ignoring the gtx 680 actually works for me come to think of it?
Just as long as there is a price drop now on the gtx 690 so original gtx 680 hopefuls do not do something really dumb out of anger and haste like "go with AMD".
That would be a tough choice between them.
I am kind of excited now to see what results from the upcoming 660 benchmarks?
At this point maybe we will see another deal. Where the card is to powerful compared to the 670!

It could happen. I haven't gone cheap in a long time. it would be awesome actually? Considering Maxwelll seems to be creeping up incredibly fast?
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card Testsclaydough 2012-05-10 09:54
Oh no! wait Batman was actually a 2 frame difference not 3...

But then again Metro 2033 was actually 4 seconds not 3!
So maybe the 680 did "start" to show it's muscle by pulling away at the burden of Metro 2033?
( So perhaps a stress test representing next gen 2.0 upcoming market with the added burden of extreme resolution and 3dvision? )

That Metro 2033's burden still only resulted in a 1 frame difference does not seem to inspire much confidence though? ( heck 1 frame isnt enough concern for most users to give any credence to an PCI-E X8 speed difference )

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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card Testss2korpio 2012-05-10 14:19
The red team is gonna have a hard time swallowing this one. I hope AMD brings out their best on the mid and budget range.
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card Testsweilrich 2012-05-10 14:32
I had hoped that that GTX 660Ti would be out (around May 10, 2012) as suggested in related news, but it appears that nVidia wants to wait until Q3 to release it. The price difference ($249 for the 660 versus $399 for the 670) makes the GTX a more economical choice for me - I still can't justify spending $400 for the screaming GTX 670, even with these really good reviews. I suppose I should be glad that the Kepler cards aren't available yet, and limp along with my gimpy old Radeon HD 5770 and 4650, but as I watch the GPU temperature on the 5770 hover around 90C, I start getting really nervous - I've already moved all my games over to the older 4650 and only use the 5770 for word processing and the like. Excellent review, Olin - it really makes me want one of these new Kepler cards.
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# RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card TestsAthlonite 2012-05-10 17:24
if your getting 90c on an HD5770 there's something wrong either it's choked up the waazoo with dust or your case sucks for air throughput

take it out clean it replace the thermal paste with some AS5 and come back and tell us how well the temps dropped
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card Testsweilrich 2012-05-10 18:29
I've already done that - took the card out, disassembled it, blew compressed air through the fan, cleaned every surface, applied fresh heat sink compound, cleaned the case, checked all the case fans, made sure there was a blank slot between it and the other card, check the temperature in the case (never exceeded 30C), made sure the GPU fan turned when the card was on (it does). I contacted ATI support about it, nothing - they only sent me an auto-reply. I tried to set the fan speed manually using CCC, but it doesn't do anything - the fan never changes speed. I'm using the latest driver (12.4). The fan may be defective, but it is still turning, and there is no easy way to replace it. What does work, is to leave the case open and place a floor fan up against it to blow cold air on it. I wear a sweater and turn up the A/C, but my wife hates having the house so cold so I can only use that tactic when I know she is going to be out for a few hours.
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# RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card TestsAthlonite 2012-05-11 03:32
hmmm sounds like then the only option open to you is an third party HSF for it then as 90c is ridiculously high temp mine never goes over 57c when folding 54c when gaming if I leave the fan set to auto.. Arctic have some nice and reasonably priced HSF's for graphics cards you may want to try one of those
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# $550???Sempifi99 2012-05-11 10:54
I have not seen a 7970 at $550 in a long while. On newegg, stock ones are around $450-470. Still the 470 provides better value, but by a much smaller margin.
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# So add up the numbers and compareKiernan 2012-09-02 18:29
670 is only 50% of whatever 570 is.. And The 680 is just a little bit more than the 670..
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# BTWKiernan 2012-09-02 18:31
You can get a 570 at TigerDirect for about 240 after rebate..
I'm looking to use it for CUDA rendering..
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# Am I wrong?Kiernan 2012-09-02 18:33
It would be better to get two 570's than one 680..
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# RE: Am I wrong?David Ramsey 2012-09-02 20:21
Unless, of course, you want to take advantage of some of the new features in the Fermi cards, like their motion-based antialiasing, adaptie vSync, and such...
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# oh yaKiernan 2012-09-02 18:36
You gain greater longevity with redundancy.. Hence it is better to have two kids than one.. If you have one, greater likelihood it will die, unless with two one kills the other..But lonely people are prone to suicide..
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# RE: oh yaKiernan 2012-09-02 18:39
I mean greater likelihood one of the two will be around longer than just the one.. So get two cards not one.. One fails you at least can go 2 thirds the speed until the one that failed is fixed..
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# RE: RE: oh yaKiernan 2012-09-02 18:41
Unless of course you don't have two PCIe ports on your motherboard, in which case go with one..
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