Four GeForce GTX 670 and 2/3-way SLI reviews [Guru3D.com]

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  1. Raiga

    Raiga Maha Guru

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    WOW...

    Awesome card and an Awesome review, hats off to Nvidia (and obviously Guru3D for presenting the card) :).

    AMD 7950 (and 7970) pfft..GTX 670 looks like the best deal.
     
  2. Ji1986

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    I couldnt help myself I just went and picked up 2 x Gigabyte OC edition bad boys.

    Cant wait to get home from work
     
  3. isidore

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    Wow!! Two gtx670 scale almost perfect. Put two of does in your rig and BIATCH SLAP the gtx690 in the face. Both performance and specially price.
     
  4. dchalf10

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    Looking forward to buying one of these.

    GTX680 goes for $650aus. But you can get a gtx670 for $479
     

  5. Frohman0905

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    Actually what Hardocp did with their 670 review is kinda normal. The GTX680 isn't a competitor (price and marketing wise) to the GTX670. They only compare cards within the same price range. Same hate it, some love it.

    I like their reviews because they give you an idea of what settings you can use on a particular card. They actually play the games and even give you a graph of how the fps fluctuated through their entire run.

    Even though the 680 allows higher settings in 2 of the games they tested, they do admit it comes very close to the GTX 680.

     
  6. hallryu

    hallryu Don Altobello

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    Timing of the release is a kick in the crotch to everyone who quickly bought a 690. Shame on you Nvidia.

    If I had the cash I would still take a second 7970, someone has to keep the competition going lol. :p
     
  7. Veteran

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    Not for me it isnt i coulda easily cancelled my 690 yesterday and bought these but i still prefer the 690 because its a 690 and you can have quads even though the price is high,well that dont really bother me,even though the 670's are great performing cards there not 690's.:)

    Edit....Its a bit like the Mars II,exclusive ownership.
     
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  8. alanm

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    If I was in the market for an sli solution I would go the dual gpu single card route myself. Less cabling, more case space and probably better airflow. Although the latter probably negated with the 690 since it exhausts air from both sides, but maybe not, since my own GPU exhausts into the case with no problem temps-wise.
     
  9. Corbus

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    different people different opinions,im sure there are alot who prefer the 690 over 2 670's , i for one would still buy a 690 instead of 2 670's if i had the money . the 690 has more potential and not to mention its one pcb. Also the 690 looks really badass.
     
  10. alanm

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    The 670 must be one of the oddest Nvidia releases in a long time. Brilliant card that not only slaps AMD in the face but also slaps themselves (and 680 owners) in the face.

    I have a feeling this kepler line was unplanned 'as is' several months ago. That it took shape 'on the fly' as it were, in response to TSMCs 28nm issues with Nvidia. That the 'original' 680 (GK110) being unmanufacturable feasibly from the 28nm process so they just canned it or delayed it until yields could improve at some future point. Meanwhile they just focused on the GK104 (670) but took the best binned chips and tacked on a few more shader cores and called it the 680.

    Therefore I would not be surprised if we see a GTX 685 (or 780) based on the GK110. Probably just before AMD comes out with a 7970 refresh or their new line of cards.
     

  11. Bentez

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    Agree with you there except its more likely with GK104 they took the not quite 680 chips and disabled one shader cluster. not sure its possible to 'tack on' more cores :D
     
  12. Darren Hodgson

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    I couldn't have put that better myself because you're absolutely right!

    Given the problems with TSMC supplying Kepler chips to NVIDIA, it perhaps would have made more sense to have released the GTX 670 first (since they presumably use imperfect GK104 chips?) then released a GTX 680 a few months later at a slightly higher price when the supply problems had been resolved. They could then have discounted the GTX 670 a little and launched a GTX 680 with slightly higher clocks at a lower cost (£380-ish) to widen the gap between the two cards. They could then have released the GTX 690 a month later.

    I'm guessing they didn't do that though for two reasons:

    1. The GTX 480 was released as a cutdown Fermi card that was superseded by a "full-cream" GTX 580 just eight months later. Although the GTX 480 was mainly derided for its noise, heat and power requirements, it was also criticised for not having the full 512 SP.

    2. Kepler was late as they launched three months after AMD's HD 7970. They needed a card that was faster on average than the high-end AMD card and the GTX 670 would not have impressed as much being slower or only as fast as the HD 7970. Or perhaps it would have impressed if NVIDIA had still sold it at £300-£330, more than a £100 less than the HD 7970 was selling at that time?

    The GTX 690 is probably the most desirable graphics card I've ever seen and every time I see pictures of it it makes me want to buy one even though it would be wasted on my system with a single 1920x1200 display and v-sync enabled for all games. Also it's silly that I'm even talking about what the card looks like because once it's inside my PC it'll hardly be seen despite having a side window on my case. If money was no object then I'd definitely buy one though.
     
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    **** it Daz sell your 680 and just go buy one,you work hard for it so why not,you could also keep your 680 and sli the 690 with it for tri sli.:)
     
  14. Mufflore

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    Get 3D (stereo) :D
    A 690 will come in handy at 60Hz/eye.
     
  15. Darren Hodgson

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    I know what you mean, I kind of feel the same, because I could have bought a 4 GB GTX 670 for £20 less than what I paid for my 2 GB GTX 680. At the time I bought it I thought 2 GB would be plenty but since I play games at 1920x1200 with triple buffering forced (using D3DOverrider) and v-sync enabled I'm seeing a disturbing number of games hit 2 GB, e.g. Skyrim does despite only have the HD texture mod installed as does Alien vs. Predator. They never test games with triple buffering enabled or the highest AA settings (and rarely transparency SSAA) during reviews so when they say 2 GB is sufficient for 1920x1200 gaming then it is misleading. I do feel that I should have bought a 4 GB card for that reason, though to be fair those games that hit 2 GB have not stuttered or hitched badly or anything like that.

    Alas I'm one of the unfortunate few who cannot see 3D properly. If I try to watch 3D films then I get bad headaches due to the strain of trying to see it. :(
     
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  16. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    You can return it with no questions asked within 7 days.
    I'm sure they wont mind if you fill your PCI-E slots with 670s.

    Theres 2560 res and NVidia surround, you dont get out of it that easy ;)
    You know you want 3 or 4x670 heh.
     
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  17. kapu

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    GTX670 is at the same price as HD7950 .
    HD7970 is 70EUR more expesive tha GTX670.

    What a HUGE slap in the face AMD !!

    Current pricing in Poland makes AMD offerings usless.
    AMD current best offer price/performance is HD6870 (best deal in mid range right now ).


    But even more interesting, nVidia slaped itself more :

    GTX680 for ~500EUR
    GTX670 for ~390EUR

    Performance difference is 5-10%.
     
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  18. Corbus

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    plenty of enthusiasts who will still buy the 680
     
  19. Supertribble

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    HotHardware ran the same benchmark at the same screen resolution and had much better results, with a slightly overclocked EVGA just behind a 680 and well ahead of the 580. Although they mention "various settings" being used which raised an eyebrow. Just Cause 2 is my favourite game and I've benchmarked it extensively using many cards, including a 580, so it'll be interesting to see what the 670 can do.
     
  20. Rich_Guy

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    Also agree with this, most 680 owners must be livid, as could have had the same card for a lot cheaper, if they'd waited, a definate kick in the crotch. :p
     
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