Seven GeForce GTX 670 Cards, Benchmarked And Reviewed

How We Test

Test Hardware
ProcessorIntel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge), 3.4 GHz, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache, 95 W, Overclocked to 4.5 GHz
CPU Cooler
Prolimatech SuperMega + Noiseblocker Multiframe                   
MotherboardGigabyte Z68X-UD5 B3, Z68 Express, LGA 1155
Memory2 x 4 GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600
Hard Drive
Kingston V100+ 256 GB SSD
Power Supply
Corsair AX1200
Operating System And Graphics Driver
Windows 7 x64 SP1
GeForce 301.33
Catalyst 12.4

Here in the U.S., we're in the habit of testing with high-end X79 Express-based platforms that give multi-card configurations enough PCI Express connectivity to circumvent any possible bottlenecks. Our European editorial teams often take a more power-friendly approach, given the price of electricity over there.

Previously, they were using an older Core i5-based setup for testing graphics cards. But, not surprisingly, that started to inhibit performance. The latest round of 28 nm-based GPUs pushed them over the edge, and they upgraded to a Core i7-2600K-based machine overclocked to 4.5 GHz, which yields plenty of speed without the gratuitous consumption of our Sandy Bridge-E-based machine.

The motherboard and memory in the German lab remain the same as they were last year. Their power supply is newer, though, now able to handle four graphics cards in four-way CrossFire or SLI arrangements. Also, the new build employs a 256 GB Kingston SSD, to which all games and benchmarks are installed.

The whole setup is installed on a rolling table, so that it can be moved between a climate-controlled room, which is kept at 72° Fahrenheit (22° Celsius), and our noise-dampened room, eliminating the need to take out the graphics cards and put them in a second system. Our climate-controlled room is not suitable for noise measurements below 32 dB(A) due to the proximity of several other machines in it.

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  • LonelyMan
    Where is the msi gtx 670 power edition?
  • zerokontrol
    Typo on conclusion. "not to loud on loud." That would be the Gigabyte card.
  • user 18
    On the Gigabyte card's page:

    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?
  • hellfire24
    hey man,where's MSi Twinfrozer IV OC edition?
  • FormatC
    778355 said:
    Where is the msi gtx 670 power edition?
    The roundup was published in German on May 22, 2012:,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. ;)
  • monkeymonk
    Please do this with the 680s
  • 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'.
  • LonelyMan
    I'd like to see one for the 680s too, in which the 680 classified and lightning will be present, including others. :D
  • hellfire24
    please also do battlefield 3 benchmark!
  • erunion
    I've been waiting for this review.
  • xxplosiv88
    So glad I bought the ASUS GTX 670 2 weeks ago now :)
  • FormatC
    556104 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. :)
  • FormatC
    My phone shows me the right content :D iPhone? :D
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • keigo_kanzaki
    I would like to read GTX 680 comparison too, and using PCIE 3.0 spec :)
  • hellfire24
    482859 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!
  • Hmm... no EVGA ? :(
  • Formata
    Gigabyte GPUs have been really solid for the last few generations of nVidia cards. No signs they are letting the quality slip, which is great news.
  • TheBigTroll
    this helped me decide what 670 to get.
  • weatherdude
    Excellent comparison. The videos are especially useful. The Asus card is very impressive. I mean just wow.
  • deejaybos
    I JUST ordered my EVGA FTW card after reading reviews on Newegg. I saw too many negative reviews on the ASUS based on the fact that their factory overclock was resulting in all sorts of video errors because of whatever reasons. People suspect it's because it was being pushed TOO far on the ASUS O.C.