Introducing The GeForce GTX 670 GPU

Hardware

By James Wang On Thu, May 10 2012


First came the GeForce GTX 680. Not only was it the fastest GPU in the world, it was incredibly power efficient, and offered new features such as Adaptive V-Sync and FXAA that made gaming smoother.

Then came the GeForce GTX 690. We put two Kepler GPUs on a single board, fitted them with dual vapor chamber coolers, and enclosed them in an all metal enclosure. The result was the fastest and most striking graphics card ever built.

Today we are introducing the next member in the Kepler GPU family—the GeForce GTX 670. Built from the same DNA as its bigger brothers, the GTX 670 brings the performance and features of Kepler to a more affordable price point. The GeForce GTX 670 ships today with a recommended price of $399.

GeForce GTX 600 Family Lineup

Specifications GeForce GTX 690 GeForce GTX 680 GeForce GTX 670
CUDA Cores 3072 1536 1344
Base Clock 915 MHz 1006 MHz 915 MHz
Boost Clock 1019 MHz 1058 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Configuration 4 GB 2 GB 2 GB
Memory Speed 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 384 GB/s 192 GB/s 192 GB/s
Power Connectors 2 x 8-pin 2 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin
Outputs 2 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
Mini-DP
1 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
1 x HDMI
Mini-DP
1 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
1 x HDMI
Mini-DP
TDP 300 W 195 W 170 W
Price $999 $499 $399

In raw specifications, the GeForce GTX 670 closely resembles its bigger brother, the GTX 680. It has 1344 CUDA cores and a base clock of 915 MHz, slightly lower than the GTX 580. But in all other respects, the two cards are essentially identical. They have the same memory size and bandwidth. They both require two six-pin power connectors and occupy two slots. Overall, the GeForce GTX 670 is slightly less powerful, consumes less power, and costs $100 less than the GTX 680.

GeForce GTX 670 Performance

For gamers who are looking for a new graphics card, the GeForce GTX 670 represents a tremendous upgrade. Compared to its predecessor the GeForce GTX 570 (which will remain available), the GeForce GTX 670 runs on average 41% faster, and over 50% faster in many demanding DirectX 11 games. In upcoming titles like Max Payne 3, the GTX 670 is 30% faster than GTX 570.

But the typical gamer upgrades once every two to three years. For this person, the GeForce GTX 670 represents an even bigger upgrade. Compared to our GeForce GTX 470 that was launched in 2010, the GeForce GTX 670 is twice as fast.

Higher frame rates are only part of the story though. The GeForce GTX 670 also supports new features like the ability to run Surround on one card, and it also runs at lower power, temperature, and noise.

GPU Boost and Overclocking

Like our GeForce GTX 670 GPU, the GTX 670 reference board packs an incredible amount of performance in a small package. But don’t let its small form factor fool you – GTX 670 works great with GPU Boost and overclocks easily. With GPU Boost, hitting clock speeds in excess of 1GHz isn’t uncommon in many games (officially, the GTX 670’s Boost Clock is 980MHz), and with a little bit of overclocking, the GeForce GTX 670 easily scales to speeds beyond 1.1GHz.

Custom & Overclocked Boards

Many of our board partners are taking advantage of the GTX 670's power efficiency with some exceptionally well designed custom and overclocked boards. Below is a snapshot of just a few of them.

Card Base Clock Boost Clock Memory Clock Memory Size Memory Bandwidth Card size
ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP (OC Edition)  1058 MHz 1137MHz 6008 MHz 2GB GDDR5 192.2 GB/sec Dual-slot
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked 967 MHz 1046 MHz 6210 MHz 2GB GDDR5 198.72 GB/sec Dual-slot
Gainward GeForce GTX 670 Phantom 1006 MHz 1084 MHz 6108 MHz 2GB GDDR5 195.5 GB/sec Dual-slot
Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 GC 1006 MHz 1058 MHz 6008 MHz 2GB GDDR5 192.2 GB/sec Dual-slot
MSI GeForce GTX 670 Afterburner OC Edition 965 MHz 1045 MHz 6008 MHz 2GB GDDR5 192.2 GB/sec Dual-slot
Zotac GeForce GTX 670 AMP! Edition 1110 MHz 1176 MHz 6008 MHz 2GB GDDR5 192.2 GB/sec 2.5 slot

Conclusion

The GeForce GTX 670 brings the performance and power efficiency of Kepler to more gamers than ever before. Not only does the GeForce GTX 670 outperform our prior generation GeForce GTX 580 and 570 GPUs, it does so while generating less power, and it runs cool and quiet. And thanks to its new board design, the GeForce GTX 670 reference board accomplishes all this while occupying less space inside your case; it's a compelling upgrade for anyone looking for top performance at an accessible price.

To learn more, head over to the GeForce GTX 670 product page.

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