NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Review Feat. EVGA: Bringing GK104 Down To $400by Ryan Smith on May 10, 2012 9:00 AM EST
For racing games our racer of choice continues to be DiRT, which is now in its 3rd iteration. Codemasters uses the same EGO engine between its DiRT, F1, and GRID series, so the performance of EGO has been relevant for a number of racing games over the years.
As was the case with the GTX 680, NVIDIA’s prospects improve significantly with DiRT 3. At 2560 the GTX 670 has now launched ahead of the 7950 by a comfortable margin and is within a few FPS of the 7970, still leaving it short but giving us our first sign that the GTX 670 can compete with AMD’s top card. What’s interesting to note here is that we seem to be particularly shader limited here even though DiRT 3 isn’t a highly intensive game, as the GTX 670 falls a bit further behind the GTX 680, leaving a 10% gap. Unfortunately EVGA’s factory overclock isn’t doing a ton here, once again improving performance by just 3% over our reference card.