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

Temperature And Noise

For the most part, idle temperature and noise measurements are pretty boring. We all know that these cards are going to run quietly- and coolly-enough when they aren’t being asked to do actual work. Depending on how much effort is put into a given product’s cooling solution, you might see lower-end boards running hotter than pricier cards—and that’s exactly how the GeForce GTX 670 stacks up to the 680. Despite a disabled SMX, the 670 idles warmer and makes more noise than its predecessor, likely as a result of a cost-reduced form factor.

Bear in mind, though, that many partner boards will employ alternative cooling solutions, and won’t be represented by these results.

The same holds true under load: GeForce GTX 670 is warmer and louder than the GTX 680—but only barely so. Though it isn’t as quiet as a Radeon HD 7950, which we really like for its acoustic performance, the 670 is notably quieter than the reference cooler on AMD’s Radeon HD 7970.

Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.
  • Running to buy it!
  • 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.
  • borden5
    amd price reduce 2.0 xD
  • master9716
    OMFG no 5760x1080 benchmarks again?!! ima have to go to or something wow!
  • TheBigTroll
    YAHHHHHHH!!! time to get one
  • gilgamex101
    "Dude.......seriously!? sure?.......wait wait, what about image fine.........awwww.......AWWWWWWW !@#$......!@#$.........!@#$ !^&* *&^%$#@!@.....and you !$%^*( peice of !@#$%............GREAT.......JUST BEAUTIFUL.....- AMD in response to 670 GTX reviews
  • iceman1992
    $400 is still too high for me... Waiting for something around $225
  • rglaredo
    I hate Nvidia and their supply and demand game 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 ..
  • sayantan
    Nice move nV , forcing AMD to drop their prices for entire lineup. A 7970 at $400 would be really awesome...
  • 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.