Budget GPU - Radeon HD 6670

Budget GPU - Radeon HD 6670

Summary: A new graphics card is always in the top three PC upgrades (behind RAM and hard drives), and while some people are ready to put $500 down for a new graphics card, most want something a little more modest.Enter the HD 6670.

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A new graphics card is always in the top three PC upgrades (behind RAM and hard drives), and while some people are ready to put $500 down for a new graphics card, most want something a little more modest.

Enter the HD 6670.

The HD 6670 isn't a powerhouse GPU, and both AMD and NVIDIA have far more powerful silicon, but for $99 you get a GPU with 480 stream processors running at 800 MHz and a 128-bit memory bus, running at 1GHz (effectively 4GHz) hooked up to 1GB or memory. On the down side the HD 6670 only has 24 texture units and 8 ROPS (compared this to the 96 texture units and 32 ROPs on the HD 6970).

I like the HD 6670 cards because they're short cards (and thus easier to fit and don't block air flow), and since it draws all the power it requires from the PCI Express slot there's no need to hook it up to the PSU. One downside is that most HD 6670 cards take up two slots given the thickness of the card/heatsink/fan (exceptions are the XFX HD-667X-ZAF3 and XFX HD-667X-ZHF3) so take this into consideration.

If you're going to buy this card (or any card in the sub-$100 price point) then it's important to approach it with a reasonable expectations of what it can do. While you'll more than likely be able to crank up older games to the max in terms of graphics quality and still get the 30 FPS or above, with modern games you will need to pull the sliders down a bit (don't expect to play Crysis 2 with all the knobs turned up to 11!). Don't expect to be able to push 1920 x 1080 pixels through this card, but 1280 x 1024 should be OK with most titles.

So if you're looking for a sub-$100 graphics card for a general purpose PC that will also see some casual gaming, then the HD 6670 is well worth taking a look at.

Topics: Hardware, Processors

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  • RE: Budget GPU - Radeon HD 6670

    I've running the Radeon HD4670 right now, and find that does a fine job at 1280x1024 as well, so given this 6670 benchmarks at almost double the performance, it ought to be more than enough for gaming needs at a modest resolution.
    jgm@...
  • Where is the low profile version?

    I'm still waiting for a half-height version to be released. AMD has a low profile reference design but none of the manufacturers are producing them :(
    Scratchi
  • RE: Budget GPU - Radeon HD 6670

    Looks good, but how does this card work with the new APU's that AMD is putting out and I don't see a VGA input, looks like a DVI and HDMI inputs and something else? It is not even the same pic as in the AMD website.
    http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-radeon-hd-6000/hd-6670/Pages/amd-radeon-hd-6670-overview.aspx
    Clayman1000x