Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce
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.