Seven GeForce GTX 670 Cards, Benchmarked And Reviewed

We have seven GeForce GTX 670 cards. Which is fastest? Which is quietest? Each one swaggers onto the scene ready to prove its worth to your wallet. We emphasize thermals, acoustics, and design in this many-way shoot-out based on Nvidia's capable GK104.

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 670 made quite a splash when it launched. The title of our first look at the card summed everything up pretty well: GeForce GTX 670 2 GB Review: Is It Already Time To Forget GTX 680? The GTX 670 performed only a few percent under the single-GPU flagship, and yet it bore a price tag $100 lower, landing at $400 (a sweet spot for performance enthusiasts, we'd say).

Although the reference design emerged first, Nvidia's add-in board partners have already flooded the market with custom-cooled, overclocked, value-added interpretations of what a GeForce GTX 670 should be. Naturally, we wanted to know which one is the best.

To that end, we held a seven-way shootout between them (in keeping with the cowboy-themed picture, of course). But as you'll see during the course of this story, all seven cards are left standing at the end of our tale. Some came away with more scratches than the others, but with a strong foundation at the heart of each, it would have been difficult for any of these cards to outright fail.

Logistics prevented us from taking an obligatory group photo, unfortunately. As The Last of the Mohicans arrived in our lab, the first scout had already returned to its maker. That didn't matter for testing, though, since we adhere to strict protocols for benchmarking, sticking to a constant driver build and the same test rig. As a result, all seven GeForce GTX 670-based boards were evaluated under ideal conditions.

As you saw in Radeon HD 7950 3 GB: Six Cards, Benchmarked And Reviewed, we are again putting a lot of emphasis on comparing the acoustic characteristics of each card under load. We've decided that merely measuring and plotting the A-weighted decibel level or sone reading doesn't paint the whole picture of a given card's sound profile. After all, the way sound is experienced can vary widely from person to person. 

This time around, we also tested cooling performance twice: once at factory settings, and once with all cards set to an identical clock frequency. In addition, we tried to find a compact and reasonably-priced card that can be overclocked, but still stays cool and quiet.

We ended up liking all of the cards so much that three of them ended up earning awards by becoming the top answers to the following questions:

• Which card offers the best graphics performance?
• Which card sports the best cooling performance at the lowest noise?
• Which card is the best, all-around?


Ready to see how six vendors differentiate themselves from Nvidia's reference effort?

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  • LonelyMan
    Where is the msi gtx 670 power edition?
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  • FormatC
    Anonymous said:
    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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  • LonelyMan
    Where is the msi gtx 670 power edition?
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  • zerokontrol
    Typo on conclusion. "not to loud on loud." That would be the Gigabyte card.
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  • user 18
    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?
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  • hellfire24
    hey man,where's MSi Twinfrozer IV OC edition?
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  • FormatC
    Anonymous said:
    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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  • monkeymonk
    Please do this with the 680s
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  • user 18
    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'.
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  • LonelyMan
    I'd like to see one for the 680s too, in which the 680 classified and lightning will be present, including others. :D
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  • hellfire24
    please also do battlefield 3 benchmark!
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  • erunion
    I've been waiting for this review.
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  • xxplosiv88
    So glad I bought the ASUS GTX 670 2 weeks ago now :)
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  • FormatC
    Anonymous said:
    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. :)
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  • FormatC
    My phone shows me the right content :D iPhone? :D
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  • fantastik250
    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.
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  • Sonny73N
    Where is this test lab located at? Middle East? Here in the US, most popular brands nVidia GPU are EVGA, MSI and I don't see they're on the list. That stopped me reading at page 2. Good night.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    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
    "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
    I would like to read GTX 680 comparison too, and using PCIE 3.0 spec :)
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  • hellfire24
    Anonymous said:
    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!
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  • Anonymous
    Hmm... no EVGA ? :(
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