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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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What began with Kepler’s GTX 680 now successfully continues here in the GTX 670. The simple fact right up front here is that the Kepler lineup is rolling along like a juggernaut with the launch of the GTX 670.

In terms of performance, this Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce is an absolute behemoth, finishing within spitting distance of the stock GTX 680. Perhaps more interesting is that this card, Nvidia’s second-best, doesn’t beat AMD’s second-best card; it beats AMD’s best card. And quite handily as well. That is impressive, no matter if you’re an Nvidia fanboy or not. Further, the performance per watt is a significant advancement with Kepler. Providing better framerates is one thing, but bringing more horsepower while sucking less juice is very impressive.

The Adaptive V-Sync is certainly innovative and we’re a bit surprised this hasn’t been developed sooner. Meanwhile, FXAA is an excellent move forward with image quality improvements, which notably take less of a performance hit, and we’re fans of bang for the performance buck, so to speak. And FINALLY seeing multi-screen support on a single card is very welcomed, though long overdue. But where Kepler really creates a stir and is ground-breaking is with GPU Boost.

GPU Boost, in our opinion, is nothing short of revolutionary. The idea isn’t entirely new though, as Intel’s Sandy Bridge Turbo was the real innovator, but Nvidia appears to be standing on the shoulders of giants, as it were. Regardless, GPU Boost launched with the GTX 680 and it’s a resounding success here on the GTX 670 as well. It’s really a new way of thinking, as it continually monitors and dynamically adjusts the card’s processes to provide optimal performance. And not simply gaming performance; power consumption, temperatures, and noise levels are all monitored and adjusted steadily for peak efficiency.

Seeing the new Base Clock and Boost Clock is certainly like deja vu for overclocking enthusiasts, and the "free" turbo boost can really be seen as a value-added performance feature that is provided out of the box. In that sense, "overclocked" cards like this Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce are simply a product of shifting the target clocks to offer greater overhead potential. It may be that the days of manual tweaking to find the best combination of stable clock speeds and voltages are largely now redundant with GPU Boost.

So then there’s the little matter of price. What does all this horsepower and innovation cost? The MSRP is set for $400, though there may be a modest premium as this Gigabyte Windforce model hits the shelves. Regardless, that is an outstanding value when you consider you’re getting a card that’s nearly as fast as a GTX 680, which runs much cooler and quieter, for about $100 less. Killer card, killer deal.

The latest GeForce launch continues Kepler’s evolutionary and revolutionary ideas and features, and the Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce is indeed a force to be reckoned with, providing an outstanding product for gamers.

Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce

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3 Comments


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    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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