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GeForce GTX 670 2 GB Review: Is It Already Time To Forget GTX 680?

Benchmark Results: MediaEspresso 6.5

When GeForce GTX 680 launched, we uncovered a bug in Nvidia’s driver that failed to accelerate transcoding of MPEG-2 sources using the NVEnc fixed-function logic built into GK104. A subsequent driver update was supposed to solve it, but a follow-up test revealed no improvement. Nvidia suggested that the shaders were handling the workload more effectively than NVEnc in our specific workload.

But retesting with 301.33 does alter the performance picture—both for the GTX 680 and 670. Now, a benchmark that took more than a minute on the Radeon HD 7900-series cards (which still can’t utilize AMD’s VCE technology, by the way), wraps up in roughly 30 seconds.

The H.264-encoded source we used for our GeForce GTX 680 review worked fine. Not surprisingly, then, the new driver and new card don’t affect performance. The task takes just 18 seconds now, as it did before.

  • Running to buy it!
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  • tecmo34
    Great Review Chris!!

    Though there isn't really a performance hit but it would be great to have seen the GTX 670 running at PCIe 3.0.
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  • borden5
    amd price reduce 2.0 xD
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  • master9716
    OMFG no 5760x1080 benchmarks again?!! ima have to go to hardware.info or something wow!
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  • TheBigTroll
    YAHHHHHHH!!! time to get one
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  • gilgamex101
    "Dude.......seriously!?........you sure?.......wait wait, what about image qual--.....no......looks fine.........awwww.......AWWWWWWW !@#$......!@#$.........!@#$ !^&* *&^%$#@!@.....and you !$%^*(......green peice of !@#$%............GREAT.......JUST BEAUTIFUL.....- AMD in response to 670 GTX reviews
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  • iceman1992
    $400 is still too high for me... Waiting for something around $225
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  • rglaredo
    I hate Nvidia and their supply and demand game ...it is obvious that they are just holding off the cards to inflate the prices...I'm going with AMD ....because I'm tired of waiting ...I'm not going to wait anymore ..
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  • sayantan
    Nice move nV , forcing AMD to drop their prices for entire lineup. A 7970 at $400 would be really awesome...
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  • godfather666
    The list of games is very unfair to AMD cards. Techpowerup's review, which featured a much longer list of games, had the Radeon HD 7970 faster than the GTX 670 at all resolutions 1080p and higher.

    Nvidia has had a big lead in Dirt 3 and WoW for a very long time. This skews the results.

    The GTX 670 is a fantastic card, don't get me wrong. Just pointing out that it's being slightly overrated here.
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