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Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce

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Posted May 9, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards
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Introduction

When Nvidia introduced Kepler in the form of the GeForce GTX 680 not long ago, it looked less of a launch and more of an onslaught. The GTX 680 really shook things up, certainly in terms of gaming horsepower, but also lower power consumption and temperatures. True enough, those are hallmarks we love to see, even expect to see nowadays. But Nvidia had a few tricks up the proverbial sleeve, with features such as Adaptive V-Sync and a new antialiasing mode.

All well and good, but we craved something more, and Nvidia delivered: GPU Boost. We’re loathe to use the term "game-changer", but Nvidia did re-write the rulebook on that one, with the "old" way of thinking about clock speeds and overclocking, becoming anachronistic. Promising nothing short of a groundbreaking new direction in how a graphics card functions within a system, Nvidia brought the goods, and we were certainly impressed.

Now, Nvidia is determined to continue that success with the launch of the GTX 670, the latest card in the Kepler arsenal. Sharing the same DNA as the flagship GTX 680, this new card is poised to offer the same innovations, but at $100 lower to be a bit more accessible to gamers who aren’t quite well-heeled enough for the Kepler elite.

Nvidia has unshackled the board partners with this launch, so custom designs are indeed hitting the shelves straightaway. One of those custom cards is the Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce, a sleek behemoth that sports a triple-fanned cooler, increased Base Clock speeds, and a Boost Clock potential that appears to be second to none. Some of those terms not ringing a bell? Not to worry, we’ll be examining each of them very closely today.

What you really need to know is this card runs cool like the underside of your pillow on a hot summer night. And fast enough to knock your current graphics card back into last year.

You’re in for a treat today. Saddle up.

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3 Comments


  1.  
    David Ferrara

    I’m a little surprised that a site that is all about overclocking didn’t explore the additional oc capabilities in this card more thoroughly, especially since it sports the 680’s pcb and has beefed up 6 + 8 pin power connectors. You didn’t even try to boost the memory, either!?!

    As a proud owner of this card (with a second for SLI literally in the mail- $289 after $20 MIR thanks to Newegg), I can tell you that many of these cards can oc like beasts! For almost a year, I’ve been running mine stable at a base GPU clock of 1121 (power target 112% OC Guru) and was able to bump the memory speed from 1502 to 1800!

    I have seen other reviews that got similar oc’s to mine, and it now BEATS a reference 680 by an average of 4 fps and a 300+ higher score in passmark . With SLI and the added oc, my rig will edge out 680s in SLI (no oc), which are already slightly faster than the GTX 690. Woo-hoo!




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      Hi David, this is a previous-gen card, so it’s great that you managed to get a deal on a pair of them.

      As for Overclocking exploration in our reviews, there are times we unfortunately do not have the time because of extremely tight deadlines for launches. There have been instances where we have literally less than 2 days to photograph, test, create the charts, write the review, edit, and publish. It doesn’t happen too often, but it does happen. This may have been one of those times; it was quite awhile ago so I can’t remember definitively.

      Enjoy your cards, they are fantastic!




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        David Ferrara

        Hello Jake- thanks for taking the time to reply.

        I never imagined you would have so little time with the product… that’s insane! Once again I’ve been reminded to always reserve my opinions without knowing all the facts.

        Thanks- I will enjoy them! The finishing touch will be a 30-32 inch 4k monitor… waiting for those to get a little more mainstream however.

        Cheers!





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