NVIDIA has unveiled the third GPU in the GeForce GTX 600 series -- the GeForce GTX 670. This new GPU brings the 28 nanometer Kepler architecture to gamers at a significantly lower price point than the either GeForce GTX 680 or dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690.
The GeForce GTX 670 comes with a $399 price tag, compared to around $500 for the GeForce GTX 680 or $1,000 for the GeForce GTX 690. For this reduction in price, you do have to put up with 192 fewer CUDA cores, and a graphics core clocked at only 915MHz.
On the upside, you still get 2GB of GDDR5 RAM and all the benefits that the Kepler architecture has to offer, including GPU Boost technology that automatically overclocks the GPU to get the best performance possible. GPU Boost technology allows the GPU to deliver the highest possible in-game frame-rates while keeping the GPU within thermal limits.
The GeForce GTX 670 also supports NVIDIA's temporal anti-aliasing -- TXAA -- technology, which is used to minimizes "jaggies," helping to deliver the best possible quality and performance. Adoption of TXAA is slow at present because it has to be coded into games by the developer, but the inclusion of support for it in a mid-range card like the GeForce GTX 670 will encourage more developers to add support.
According to NVIDIA's own benchmarks, the GeForce GTX 670 significantly outpaces AMD's Radeon HD 7950 by as much as 45 percent, while consuming 18 percent less power. These claims are yet to be confirmed by independent benchmark tests.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 GPU is available now from graphics card manufacturers such as ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit, PNY, and Zotac.
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SpecificationNote that these specifications relate to NVIDIA's reference designs. Actual specification of cards from vendors may vary.
- CUDA cores: 1344
- Graphics clock (MHz): 915
- Processor (MHz): 980
- Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec): 102.5
- Memory clock: 6.0
- Memory Interface: GDDR5
- Memory Interface: 256-bit
- Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec): 192.2
- Max Digital Resolution: 2,560 x 1,600
- Maximum VGA Resolution: 2,048 x 1,536
- Maximum GPU Temperature (in C): 97
- Maximum Graphics Card Power (W): 170 W
- Minimum System Power Requirement (W): 500 W
- Power Connectors: 2 x 6-pin
Image source: NVIDIA.
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