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Seven Solid GeForce GTX 670s, But Three Stand Out

Seven GeForce GTX 670 Cards, Benchmarked And Reviewed
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A Good Foundation Means There Are No Losers

If you are a gaming enthusiast shopping for a GeForce GTX 670, even a reference card is a good choice. Despite its plain-Jane looks, Nvidia's implementation is well-built, fast, and easy on the ears. At the end of the day, each of the non-reference designs we tested had certain advantages and disadvantages. But they all cranked out solid performance.

The four cards pictured above, from Gainward, Palit, Galaxy, and Nvidia itself, are good. They have their own idiosyncrasies, but they're still GeForce GTX 670s.

Three other models do, however, stand out.

The Quietest GeForce GTX 670: Asus GTX670-DC2T-2GD5

If acoustics are high on your priority list, you're going to like the Asus card. Not only is it a well-built and quiet, but it also boasts the second-highest factory overclock. The new DirectCU II cooler shrank during its redesign for this card, but its performance is still excellent.

Galaxy/KFA²'s card is also quiet, but it didn't win because of its high temperatures under load and annoying coil chirping. That's almost certainly a flaw in our sample, though, and we'll retest when we receive a replacement.

It's important to add that, this time around, a dual-slot card proved to be the quietest, while triple-slot models made more noise. Wow.

The Fastest GeForce GTX 670: Zotac ZT-60302-10P

Thick, cool, and brutal. Those are the three attributes that came to mind when looking at and using Zotac's card. This heavy, bulky board boasts excellent cooling performance. However, its acoustics are as noticeable as its physical looks. Maybe its fans could spin slightly slower, since the beefy cooler seems to have plenty of potential left over, based on our temperature measurements.

Performance-wise, this card nips at the heels of GeForce GTX 680 cards for less money (and it might even be more widely available). Its high memory clock enables excellent bandwidth. But we wonder about the decision to use only two six-pin power connectors. In our torture test it draws 215 W, which doesn't leave a lot of room for additional overclocking through higher voltages.

All-Around Best GeForce GTX 670: Gigabyte N670OC-2GD

Gigabyte's card is quiet at idle and not too loud under load. Its cooling performance at idle, during normal desktop work, and during gaming is even better than Asus' card. It ties Zotac's effort for the lowest temperature at idle, but achieves its goal at a mere 20% fan duty cycle. When we configured it to cool our card down to 70°C, its sound level was still acceptable.

This is the slimmest card in our test, it weighs the least, and is even suitable for SLI configurations on motherboards with a just a single-slot gap between 16-lane interfaces. Unfortunately, that's pretty common. Although the N670OC-2GD doesn't include the highest overclock, it's currently selling online at the same $400 price point as completely stock reference cards. And that's with the Windforce 3X cooler. That combination cannot be beat.

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    LonelyMan , June 29, 2012 4:31 AM
    Where is the msi gtx 670 power edition?
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    FormatC , June 29, 2012 4:53 AM
    Quote:
    Where is the msi gtx 670 power edition?
    The roundup was published in German on May 22, 2012:
    http://www.tomshardware.de/Nvidia-Geforce-GTX-670-Roundup,testberichte-241027.html

    Sorry, but at this time (and 4 weeks later too) MSI was unable to deliver one of this cards. When MSI starts so late with this cards, then this is not our fault. ;) 
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  • 14 Hide
    LonelyMan , June 29, 2012 4:31 AM
    Where is the msi gtx 670 power edition?
  • 0 Hide
    zerokontrol , June 29, 2012 4:34 AM
    Typo on conclusion. "not to loud on loud." That would be the Gigabyte card.
  • 3 Hide
    user 18 , June 29, 2012 4:50 AM
    On the Gigabyte card's page:

    Quote:
    During the course of our testing, we effortlessly set this card to run at 1059 MHz, so we're not sure why Gigabyte held back so much. During testing, we overclocked this card to 1059 MHz quite easily, so we are somewhat surprised by the conservative factory overclock.


    This seems to be saying the same thing twice. Error, or am I missing something?
  • 2 Hide
    hellfire24 , June 29, 2012 4:50 AM
    hey man,where's MSi Twinfrozer IV OC edition?
  • 10 Hide
    FormatC , June 29, 2012 4:53 AM
    Quote:
    Where is the msi gtx 670 power edition?
    The roundup was published in German on May 22, 2012:
    http://www.tomshardware.de/Nvidia-Geforce-GTX-670-Roundup,testberichte-241027.html

    Sorry, but at this time (and 4 weeks later too) MSI was unable to deliver one of this cards. When MSI starts so late with this cards, then this is not our fault. ;) 
  • 7 Hide
    monkeymonk , June 29, 2012 4:57 AM
    Please do this with the 680s
  • 4 Hide
    user 18 , June 29, 2012 4:59 AM
    Also, the second chart on the 'Sound Level and Temperature: Overclocked' page is missing the 'Mhz' label on the speed for the Palit card. It should read '1059 Mhz', while it reads only '1059'.
  • 2 Hide
    LonelyMan , June 29, 2012 5:10 AM
    I'd like to see one for the 680s too, in which the 680 classified and lightning will be present, including others. :D 
  • 5 Hide
    hellfire24 , June 29, 2012 5:14 AM
    please also do battlefield 3 benchmark!
  • 1 Hide
    erunion , June 29, 2012 5:24 AM
    I've been waiting for this review.
  • 0 Hide
    xxplosiv88 , June 29, 2012 5:44 AM
    So glad I bought the ASUS GTX 670 2 weeks ago now :) 
  • 3 Hide
    FormatC , June 29, 2012 5:56 AM
    Quote:
    please also do battlefield 3 benchmark!
    All cards were tested for our charts too (with BF3). Please wait a little bit, our team will update this results soon. :) 

  • -3 Hide
    FormatC , June 29, 2012 6:09 AM
    My phone shows me the right content :D  iPhone? :D 
  • 1 Hide
    fantastik250 , June 29, 2012 6:09 AM
    Love the video's on the graphic card sounds.

    I am wondering, if it would make any difference for sound if the video card's fans were pointing down, instead of pointing at the side. Or if the fan's sound profile, would change because of the orientation of the card.
  • 0 Hide
    mayankleoboy1 , June 29, 2012 6:37 AM
    there have been some reports and rumours that retail 670/680 are achieving much less overclock/boost than the review samples.

    can you take a look at that?
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    manwell999 , June 29, 2012 7:30 AM
    "Rather, we suspect a driver problem. There doesn't seem to be any other explanation."

    Tired of this kind of selection bias where any aspect that is subpar is dismissed as a driver issue. Another explanation is the spec sheets are misleading or the conclusions you have about what to expect from extra hardware capacity are wrong.
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    keigo_kanzaki , June 29, 2012 8:13 AM
    I would like to read GTX 680 comparison too, and using PCIE 3.0 spec :) 
  • 6 Hide
    hellfire24 , June 29, 2012 10:21 AM
    Quote:
    All cards were tested for our charts too (with BF3). Please wait a little bit, our team will update this results soon. :) 


    thanks man,team toms FTW!
  • 4 Hide
    Anonymous , June 29, 2012 11:07 AM
    Hmm... no EVGA ? :( 
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