Graphics Cards Guide

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 - Gaining Momentum, Building Steam

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 - Gaining Momentum, Building Steam

Test Setup

Test Setup

As usual, the following are the specs of our trusty graphics card test bed system:

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 G.Skill memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

We’ll be pitting the reference GeForce GTX 670 against AMD’s Radeon 7900 series cards, in particular its targeted rival, the Radeon HD 7950. With its bigger brother the GeForce GTX 680 already comprehensively outclassing AMD’s best single GPU cards, it’ll be interesting to see how the new GeForce GTX 670 fares. We also want to find out how the GeForce GTX 670 would match up against the flagship GeForce GTX 680, because judging from the specifications alone, the two do not differ that much. Lastly, as for the two customized cards from ASUS and Palit, we are keen to see how much faster and cooler the two customized GeForce GTX 670 cards would run when compared against the reference GeForce GTX 670.

Here's a summary of the card's clock speeds.

Cards GPU Base Clock Speed Boost Clock Speed Memory Clock Speed
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 925MHz 980MHz 6008MHz DDR
ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP 1058MHz 1137MHz 6008MHz DDR
Palit GeForce GTX 670 JetStream 1006MHz 1086MHz 6108MHz DDR

 The list of cards tested and driver versions used:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 301.33)
  • ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 301.33)
  • Palit GeForce GTX 670 JetStream 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 301.33)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 12.2 Preview Version)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 12.2 Preview Version)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 11.11)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 11.11)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 3GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 280.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1560MB GDDR5 (ForceWare 280.26)

The list of benchmarks used:

  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Crysis 2
  • Batman: Arkam City
  • Dirt 3
  • Unigine v2.1
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat