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Amazing card, nice job Gigabyte, great upgrade from GTX 560 ti 448,
This review is from: GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 Windforce OC 2048MB GDDR5 256-bit PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Graphics Card (Personal Computers)
Just upgraded from my GTX 560 ti 448 which I bought not too long ago (6 months maybe), I knew that was a card to get me from the GTX 470 to the GTX 670 when I bought it but was not expecting this performance increase. I am seeing 45-50% increases in FPS in benchmarks and games! all while running quieter and cooler. The MSI 560 448 I had wasn't loud but I had to turn up the fan speeds to get the OC I wanted. On the Gigabyte 670 I don't! Remember that temps have just as much to do with your system setup (airflow in case) as with the cooling on the card. For instance people are getting low to mid 60s in temps on this card, but I get low to mid 50s. I have designed my case for amazing airflow with 10 Cougar case fans which are really quiet but move tons of air, getting temps in the low 50s while gaming and around 56-57 degrees while stress testing. Stock reference cards in basic case setups are normally around 70 degrees for this card.
The main game I bought this for was Skyrim, I had given up on it until the new cards came out because I was pushing my old card too much to get 35-40 fps and it was causing lots of crashes. I am running at 2560X1440 resolution. This card is amazing, with Adaptive V Sync I am constantly around 60 FPS in Skyrim now and the gameplay experience is so much nicer, feels like a different game! I even notice the card doesn't have to work as hard with games like Civ 5 making the system run even cooler and more silent. This generation is really worth the upgrade, a stock GTX 670 blows away the old GTX 580 by 20%+ how often does a card that cost $100 less do that to the previous generation?
As for overclocking, I never really OCd my cards until my last one *have always done CPU* but this thing works great. comes standard at 980-1059 and at those stock clocks mine was actually "boosting" to 1188 mhz. I have heard that this is the part that is the "lottery" and some people get a boost of 150, while others get 220, average I have seen is 170, so I am guessing I am pretty lucky (and happy) with the 208 mine is giving me. Without voltage increase and only boosting target power to the max 111% in MSI Afterburner I was able to overclock to 1080-1159 (actually running at 1288 mhz) on core clock and 627 on memory (3250,6500 mhz depending how you look at it). Running stable with stress tests, benchmarks and games. I know with a little voltage increase this would go higher *MSI AB allows a little tweak* but I don't see the point in doing so for an extra 1-2% FPS gain. If you need every little last bit of juice spend the $100 more and get the GTX 680 which overclocks even better. If you want to stay in the $400 range and are fine with GTX 680 stock performance (after overclocking one of these) then this is your card!
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Initial post: May 17, 2012 3:44:07 PM PDT
Nice comments on noise, temps, and the impact case design (airflow) has on each. I'm moving from an MSI 560Ti 448 too. Nice comments on the aftermarket programs and voltages. I'm with you, I'll clock to what I can without messing with voltages; diminishing returns at that point in my opinion. Can't wait for my pair to arrive. Enjoy!
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