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New GPU from Nvidia Announced Today, the GeForce GTX 670

May 10th, 2012 · 4 Comments · General 3D News

After the announcement of the top models from the new Kepler architecture – GeForce GTX 680 and GTX 690, Nvidia has just announced another a bit more affordable, but still high-end GPU in terms of features and performance. Today comes the announcement of the new GeForce GTX 670, definitely an interesting product coming with a $100 USD lower recommended end user price and a just slightly slower than GTX 680. The new GeForce GTX 670 should still be a bit faster, in terms of performance, as compared to a GeForce GTX 580 – the previous generation’s top model single GPU graphics card, as well as being with lower power consumption and thus producing less heat and noise. At $399 USD the GeForce GTX 670 should be very attractive alternative to the $499 USD price of the GeForce GTX 680, and with a performance difference of up to just about 20% between the two. Not to mention that overclocking the GeForce GTX 670 you should be able to achieve similar performance to that of a stock GTX 680 and even surpass it with a bit, so definitely a good deal. Now, what we only need is Nvidia to actually provide enough GPUs on the market, so that there won’t be shortages like with the GTX 680 that will also push the price of the GTX 670 higher than the recommended one…

Specifications of GeForce GTX 670:

Graphics Card – GeForce GTX 670 2GB
CUDA Cores – 1344 +864
Texture Units (TMU) – 112 +52
Raster Operator Units (ROP) – 32 -8
Graphics Clock (Base) – 915 MHz +183
Graphics Clock (Boost) – 950 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (Bilinear) – 102.5 billion/sec +58.6
Standard Memory Configuration – 2048 MB GDDR5 +768
Memory Interface Width – 256-bit -64
Memory Clock – 3004 MHz (6008 effective) +1104 (2208)
Memory Bandwidth – 192.2 GB/sec +40.2
Fabrication Process – 28 nm -12
Transistor Count – 3.54 Billion +0.54
Connectors – Dual-Link DVI-I, Dual-Link DVI-D, HDMI 1.4 High Speed, DisplayPort 1.2
Form Factor – Dual Slot
Power Connectors – 2x 6-pin PEG
Power Consumption – 170W TDP -49
GPU Thermal Threshold – 97 degrees Celsius
Bus Interface – PCI Express 3.0

* The numbers in red and green represent the upgrade or downgrade of the specific parameter in the GTX 670 as compared to the GTX 570!

The GeForce GTX 670 based on the same GK104 GPU that is being used in the GTX 680 with the difference being that the GTX 670 has one SMX block disabled. This means a bit less CUDA cores, fewer texture units, and a GPU clock frequency a bit lower in the GTX 670, although the memory clock frequency and amount available remain identical. This results in 25W of power consumption less in the GTX 670 (under maximum load), while at the same time the performance does not suffer a lot and can be compensated with a bit of overclocking as the new GPU should also be very capable in terms of overclock like the GTX 680. And just like its bigger brother, the new GeForce GTX 670 cards do come will all the new features introduced with the GTX 680 such as GPU Boost, Adaptive Vertical Sync, FXAA and TXAA, Single card driving up to four monitors and capable of running 3D Vision Surround setup and so on. And although a single GeForce GTX 670 supports 3D Vision Surround I’d still recommend to go at least for two such cards if you plan on building a three 3D-capable display gaming setup in order to be able to play comfortable even in more demanding games with high details.

If you plan on playing games in stereoscopic 3D mode with a single card on a single 3D monitor, then the GeForce GTX 670 should be more than enough for most people, performance wise, and although a GTX 680 could be slightly better, you should be Ok even with a GTX 670. But the real question is if you should upgrade your old GPU to a GTX 670 and the answer is it depends. If you have a GTX 570 or GTX 580 already an upgrade to GTX 670 would not bring that much of an improvement, sure you will get some extra performance combined with lower power consumption, but the difference probably won’t be that high and you might get up a bit disappointed in the end. If you have a GTX 470 or GTX 480, going for a GeForce GTX 670 video card would definitely help more, and I’m not talking only about performance improvement, but the more important advantage would be in the fact that you’ll be getting a much cooler and more silent operating video card. Upgrading from a GTX 460 or a GTX 560 / 560 Ti would really bring up a lot of extra performance that would definitely improve the experience when playing games in stereoscopic 3D mode. If you are in the GTX 460 / 560 domain however you might want to wait a bit more and get the GTX 660 that will very likely be the next thing that Nvidia will be announcing sooner than later if they continue to follow the traditional logic in launching new products. And a GTX 660 based on the Kepler architecture might prove to be among the best price/performance options (for stereo 3D gaming as well) on the market if/when launched, because the GTX 670 is still considered a high-end card with a high price. Looking at the simplified design of the reference GTX 670 cards you can expect that the GTX 660 will be with the same PCB and will have another SMX block disabled, couple that with a price of $249 and things might be looking very good. Now, we’ll have to wait and see some benchmarks from the new GTX 670 in stereoscopic 3D mode as well as the new cards should be immediately available on the market starting today…

The GeForce GTX 670 is available in Newegg, while GTX 680 is still out of stock…

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 claydough // May 10, 2012 at 20:21

    Either this card is a whole new class..
    The gtx 680 was a different class of flagship
    These initial Benchmarks are just plain wrong…
    But looking at the specs for the card,
    It practically is the gtx680 with gk 104 chipset and the same amount of memory! The clocks are only turned down slightly!
    And for $100 cheaper this smaller PCB only trails the gtx 680 by the unbelievably paltry average of 3 fps in the most demanding of games! With lower power consumption at load! With lower temps at load! And supposedly able to handle surround from a single card as well. ( but for $300 dollars cheaper I really hope the card scales well tri sli’d and overclocked! ) hopefully the first benchmarks were not a fluke?


  • 2 Rhialto // May 11, 2012 at 01:40


  • 3 Ryan // May 11, 2012 at 04:27

    Ordered mine from newegg this afternoon. EVGA was out of stock so I bought MSI. Looks exactly like the image above. I should have it in my hands tomorrow! Skyrim 3D here I come!

  • 4 claydough // May 11, 2012 at 07:11

    holy smokes! TomsHardware is showing the same negligible difference between the gtx 670 and 680..

    in Metro 2033 they even tested at an extreme resolution compared to the benchmarkreviews and show less that a 3 fps difference @ 2560 x 1600!

    will have to wait and see how this plays out ( or maybe buy as soon as possible before nvidia wises up?? ) arghh! this is confusing?

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