Seven GeForce GTX 670 Cards, Benchmarked And Reviewed

Sound Level And Temperature: Stock Settings


We begin by measuring the operating temperatures of our seven GeForce GTX 670s at their factory clock settings. On the next page, we also report thermal conditions at an overclocked setting to give enthusiasts an idea of how these cards' coolers perform.

At idle, Zotac and Gigabyte achieve the lowest temperatures. Under full load and in the gaming benchmark, Zotac assumes the lead, a feat that is unfortunately accompanied by a significant sound level.

Sound Level

Speaking of acoustics, the Galaxy/KFA² card idles a little warmer than the other contenders at 38°C, but is able to run its fan very slowly as a result, generating no perceivable noise. Under load, its temperature is just a little higher than Nvidia's reference card. Its noise level appears to be similar to Asus' board, though it suffers from an extremely annoying high-frequency coil chirp. We contacted Galaxy/KFA² about this issue, which may be just a problem isolated to our test sample. A GeForce GTX 680 from the same manufacturer was louder overall, but lacked the chirping issue.

Also under full load, Gigabyte's card winds up louder than Asus and Galaxy/KFA², but still falls below the 40 dB(A) mark.

One more thing we'd like to mention is cooling on the DC-DC converters. It seems that nearly all add-in board vendors focus their cooling efforts on the GPU and somewhat neglect the power circuitry. Granted, the DC-DC converters of heavily-overclocked cards rarely exceed 100°C. But even temperatures around 95°C don't inspire a ton of confidence about a card's longevity. Enthusiasts willing to increase their card's core voltage will also want to keep this in mind.

The Zotac and Gigabyte cards exhibited the lowest temperatures on their voltage regulation circuitry, which may or may not affect your buying decision. In general, the models based on Nvidia's longer GeForce GTX 680-style PCB fare the best, possibly because they have more room for an optimized layout, or maybe because they employ the 680's DC-DC converter components.

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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.