MSI GTX 670 Power Edition
OverviewHardware: Video Cards
WHAT WE LIKED:Outstanding performance, Low temperatures, Factory overclock, Innovative features, Great value
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Fans slightly noisy at load
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When Nvidia introduced Kepler in the form of the GeForce GTX 680 awhile back, 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, a new antialiasing mode, and the ground-breaking GPU Boost. 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.
With more Kepler cards finally settling into the market, there isn’t as much of a supply shortage anymore, so AMD has had to recently respond with price drops on Radeon 7970 cards in order to keep up sales. And while that’s great for consumers, not everyone needs a flagship gaming card. So for those who perhaps can’t afford the most powerful single-GPU card around, the GeForce GTX 670 might be better suited for gaming enthusiasts. Still boasting impressive gaming horsepower, the GTX 670 doesn’t break the bank, and board partners look to distinguish their offerings with custom heatsinks, higher overclocks, and even voltage tweaking capabilities.
One of those custom cards is the MSI GTX 670 Power Edition, which offers all of those features, and it’s a sleek behemoth that sports the latest Twin Frozr IV cooler, increased Base Clock speeds, and a Boost Clock potential that appears to be very strong. Perhaps these terms not familiar? Not to worry, we’ll go into each much more detailed, and see if this MSI card is boom or bust in the shadow of the AMD price drops.
Let’s jump in and find out.