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After the exceptional GeForce GTX 680 and the lavish GTX 690, Nvidia is coming out with yet another graphics card, the long awaited GeForce GTX 670. This lower-priced GPU is a downscaled version of the 680. But 'downscaled' doesn't necessarily mean slow, and its admirable performance with video games is proof. However, power isn't everything... The GeForce GTX 670 features the same GK104 chip as the GTX 680, except Nvidia has removed a few cores—there are 1,344 on the 670, compared to 1,536 on the 680. But the changes don't stop there. The 670 runs at 915 MHz, compared to 1006 MHz on the 680. The 2 GB of RAM are clocked at 1502 MHz and have retained their 256-bit bus. Naturally, the GTX 670 includes GPU Boost, one of the key features in Nvidia's 600 series. We discussed the system's advantages and disadvantages in our GTX 680 review. To sum it up, GPU Boost modulates the GPU's clock rate depending on how much power the card is using. GPU Boost: the GPU clock rate varies with the card's power usage The clock rate is boosted in increments of 13 MHz. Nvidia has provided a minimum GPU Boost clock rate—980 MHz in this case—but no maximum rate.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 is here to make a real name for the Kepler architecture in the more mainstream segment of the graphics card market.Since we saw the first Kepler card, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680, in cool, crisp sunny San Francisco, we've been itching to get our mitts on the more sensibly priced versions of the new architecture.The GTX 680 is still sitting over the 400/$500 mark a few months after release and, given the Nvidia GTX 580 didn't have to drop its price throughout its lifespan, we doubt it will change much.Since then we've seen the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 tip up, the graphics equivalent of the race spec sports car, all injection-moulded magnesium and multiple GPUs. But at 830/$1,000 that exceptional card is beyond the financial realms of the typical PC gamer.So a cut-down version of the GTX 680 is what we've been after, and what we've known was coming, since Kepler first fired up in our test bench. With the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 that's exactly what we've found ourselves facing.At its heart is the same GPU that powered the first Kepler card, and as Nvidia puts it, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 is "built from the DNA of the GTX 680".
We really dig it when the two big discrete GPU makers are firing on all cylinders. Our workload may increase exponentially as NVIDIA and AMD volley grenades back and forth, but the excitement that's generated as a result, is a rush for hardware guys like us. And if the overall engagement and comments posted by you all reading this are any indicator, action in the GPU space is exciting for you folks too. After witnessing AMD release top-to-bottom, DirectX 11-class products, months before NVIDIA for the past few generations, it seems NVIDIA is done messing around. Hot on the heels of the impressive, dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 690, which launched just a few short days ago, NVIDIA is already back with a much more affordable Kepler variant featuring a slightly pared down GK104 GPU. What's perhaps most interesting to all of you though, is that this new card will offer near-GeForce GTX 680 performance, at prices starting under the $400 mark. The new GeForce GTX 670 we'll be showing you here today sports the very same chip that powers the high-end GeForce GTX 680 and 690, but with a few shader cores disabled. The cards will sport a more compact design and a few other tweaks as well.
At this point NVIDIA is pumping out video cards based on the successful Kepler GK104 core with the launch of the GTX 690, GTX 680 and now the GTX 670, which is targeting the more middle of the road gamers. We saw that the GTX 680 was a potent product from the start that handed AMD's king of the hill single GPU Southern Islands-based HD 7970 a losing hand in just about every game and resolution tested. The GTX 680 proved to be cooler running and more power efficient, and directly caused a dynamic shift in the performance playing field when the price point was lower at retail than the HD 7970 was selling for. AMD countered with price drops to make the HD 7970 more competitive from a price for performance perspective. Now NVIDIA is going to go for the jugular with the launch of the GTX 670 and really drive the price performance ratio back to the green side of the fence, with the HD 7950 square in its sights. The mantra for NVIDIA is to run cooler, more efficiently and deliver exceptional gaming performance; things it proved with the last two launches. By using the same SMX architecture (albeit one less SMX), the GTX 670 is supposed to be between 30% to 50% faster than the GTX 570 across a wide range of games.
Nvidia's GTX 670 arrives hot on the heels of the super-expensive, dual-GPU GTX 690. The 690's rarified price--a cool grand, if you can find it--makes it of limited interest to most gamers. The GTX 670, on the other hand, offers performance as good or better than last year's high-end GTX 580 while consuming much less power. At roughly $399, it's still not a budget card, but it's certainly affordable for users looking for a robust PC gaming experience on HD-resolution displays, but unwilling to shell out the $500 or more necessary for its high-end cousin, the GTX 680. Let's take a quick look at the speeds and feeds for the GTX 670, and see just how it's different from its pricier cousin. Note that clock frequencies are for the reference board. Shipping retail boards may differ in clock frequencies, depending on the design of the board and what the company shipping the board wants to support. The chip used in the GTX 670 is the exact same GK104 GPU as the higher-end GTX 680, but with one entire functional block--what Nvidia calls an “SMX”--disabled. The clock frequency is a little lower for the GPU core itself, but the memory clock frequency and quantity are identical. Those are the base specs in a nutshell.
Despite arriving a few months later than the AMD HD 7000, the GTX 680 certainly made its mark as being the fastest card available. Not wanting AMD grabbing all of the market share, NVIDIA is being really aggressive at pumping out various derivatives of Kepler GPUs. Since the GTX 680 launch, NVIDIA has launched the GTX 690, and today the firm is launching the third card based on the same architecture—the GTX 670. In a short period of a little over a month, we have seen three high-end GPUs based on the Kepler architecture. Compare this to the 500 series, which saw a four month delay between the releases of the GTX 580 and GTX 590. As always however, not everyone can afford the high-end top of the line $500 GTX 680. Many people are waiting anxiously for the Kepler derivatives in hoping that the card will offer a great performance to price ratio. The GTX 670 is aimed at gamers who wish to have the performance of the Kepler architecture at a fraction of the cost. Granted, the retail price for the GTX 670 is $399, which is still relatively expensive but it is nonetheless $100 cheaper than the GTX 680. Architecturally, the GTX 670 uses the same GK104 layout as what is found on the the GTX 680, which has four GPCs with two SMX inside each GPC.
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