Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC
Posted on: 07/02/2012 02:40 AM
Today we are checking out Gigabyte’s factory overclocked GeForce GTX 670 OC graphics card which features their patented WindForce 3X cooler along with an entirely re-worked PCB. Gigabyte has set out to make the GeForce GTX 670 even better without making it any more expensive and that makes it well worth checking out...
After many months of talking up its latest architecture, Nvidia reclaimed the single-GPU performance crown with its GeForce GTX 680, which outpaced the Radeon HD 7970 by about 7% in our tests. Kepler's arrival forced AMD to slash prices across its Southern Islands lineup, including a $70 drop on the HD 7970, putting it at $479 or about 4% cheaper than the GTX 680's MSRP of $499.
The HD 7950 also took a $60 cut to $399, making it one of the most tempting 7000 series cards because it has no equal -- or had no equal, we should say. Continuing Kepler's rollout, Nvidia has unveiled the GTX 670, which is priced against the HD 7950 at $399. Despite being $100 cheaper than the GTX 680, the GTX 670 doesn't appear to be much slower on paper, and that could spell disaster for AMD.
The GTX 670 shares the GTX 680's DNA, as it's powered by the same GK104 GPU and has many other similarities. For example, it uses 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6GHz and features the new SMX units and GPU Boost technology. Although it's targeting the HD 7950's pricing, Nvidia says its crosshairs are actually on the HD 7970 in terms of performance. Again, a scary notion for AMD.
In what seemed like a desperate move by AMD they released the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition graphics card just a few weeks ago in an effort to reclaim the performance crown. Although they were able to match the GeForce GTX 680 with the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, it didn’t outright secure the performance crown for them.
Worse yet the mild overclock to the 1GHz barrier meant that AMD had jacked the price up to $500, making the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition a flop in terms of value. When testing the new GHz Edition card we couldn’t help but feel AMD was taking aim at the wrong target. Rather than going after the GeForce GTX 680 they should have had the far better value GTX 670 in their sights.
Without question right now the best value high-end graphics card is the GeForce GTX 670 at $400, which is capable of mimicking the performance of the Radeon HD 7970. Like AMD, Gigabyte has been doing a little overclocking of their own creating the GeForce GTX 670 OC. Despite offering a custom PCB design, upgraded cooler and factory overclocking, this new OC edition graphics card meets the MSRP.
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