Seven GeForce GTX 670 Cards, Benchmarked And Reviewed

Benchmark Results: 3DMark 11 And Crysis 2 (DX 11)

A Quick Word About Drivers

When this story was originally published in Germany, the newest beta driver version was 301.34, originally intended to add support for GeForce GTX 690. It improves 3DMark results by a few percent, but it wouldn't work with all of our samples. We traced this issue to the BIOS version of some of our test cards, and finally tweaked the .INF file of build 301.33 to get it working with all cards. In that way, the GeForce-based results are all comparable.

Unfortunately, this story went live in Europe long before AMD's beta Catalyst 12.7 build was previewed, and even beta 12.6 was not yet available. As of this writing, the Catalyst 12.7 beta is still not downloadable from AMD's site, so 12.6 is the most current build you can get. Once 12.7 is posted, results for the Radeon HD 7970 should improve, though we saw in AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Review: Give Me Back That Crown! that Nvidia's GeForce GTX 670 is faster in 3DMark. Though the Crysis 2 settings used in that more recent story favored Nvidia's card, AMD's Radeon HD 7970 actually wins here.

3DMark 11

We ran this benchmark at all three quality presets, and the results demonstrate that performance scales well with clock rate. Although most enthusiasts aren't going to buy a high-end card to play at low-end settings, this metric helps amplify minor differences between the three 1006 MHz samples.

Our tests show that all factory-overclocked cards perform similarly, and they also help illustrate that if a game is unplayable on a board with a 980 MHz core, spending extra on a solution with a 1098 MHz core won't help make it smoother all of the sudden.

Factory-overclocked cards do perform better than reference models at extreme quality settings, but the differences are not earth-shattering.

Crysis 2: DirectX 11

We intentionally selected only one gaming benchmark; adding more wouldn't change the story that plays out between these modified GeForce GTX 670 cards.

It's interesting that the GeForce GTX 680, which is faster in synthetic benchmarks, is equaled or even surpassed by equally-clocked or slightly higher-clocked GTX 670s. This isn't caused by a processor limitation, since we can try different GPU clocks and see immediate frame rate scaling. Rather, we suspect a driver problem. There doesn't seem to be any other explanation.

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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.