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MSI GTX 670 Power Edition

Posted July 25, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards







Total Score


Price at time of Review: $430


Outstanding performance, Low temperatures, Factory overclock, Innovative features, Great value


Fans slightly noisy at load
Serious gaming horsepower accompanied by sleek styling and low temperatures.
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by Jake
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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.




    This is a great card for a great price. I wish I would have waited before purchasing my graphics card so I could have gotten this one.

    Good review Jake as well!


    WHAT WE DISLIKED:Fans slightly noisy at load….

    One of the fetures of this card is that during boot, for 30 seconds the fans spins BACKWARDS – to remove dust.

    So what your shoddy review labeles as a “dislike” is actually a FEATURE missing from other cards.

    Read the spesifications for the nest reveiew and all will be better.


      Actually, we are well aware of the reverse-spin fans during boot up; we’ve seen this before on MSI products and think it’s an excellent feature.

      If you read your comments again, you’ll notice you quoted our comment about the slightly higher noise “at load”. It does not mention the noise “during boot”. Those are two entirely different things, and we understand the difference with the temporary reverse-spin fans.

      You may want to read the review (and your own comments) a bit more carefully next time and avoid that embarrassing mistake…..and all will be better 😉


    Incredible review! Just picked this card up yesterday and I LOVE IT. My only problem so far has been with overclocking. I literally cannot push the core clock more than +40 without crashes in Heaven 1080 max and cannot push memory more than +75 or so. I have increased power to 114% and the GPU never got above like 62 on higher clocks (even tried taking fan off automatic and setting to 70%) but I still get stability issues. Is this a bad card or am I doing something wrong??


      Hey Nate,

      Keep in mind that overclocks vary, and especially amongst Kepler cards. There can be a considerable variance amongst clocks now, so it’s possible you have a card that won’t go very high.

      The other thing to keep in mind is that max’ing out the voltage and power % doesn’t necessarily mean high clocks. Overclocking graphics cards takes some playing around and patience. They’re more touchy than CPUs. Have you adjusted the voltage and power % to the card?

      Also, with a card that’s already highly overclocked, you may not get as much out of it to begin with. It does happen on occasion.

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