OC: Gaming Performance

We’ll keep the running commentary short here, but depending on how shader bottlenecked any individual game is, it’s possible for GTX 670 to beat a stock GTX 680 with just an increase of the power target. Without that pesky 8th SMX drawing power this leaves more power for increasing clockspeeds, which helps games that are more bottlenecked by the ROPs and/or GPCs.

Conversely, if a game is extremely shader bound (such as Portal 2), then only a full overclock can make up for that 8th SMX on GTX 680.

OC: Power, Temperature, & Noise Final Words
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  • Gastec - Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - link

    Your every comment is an attack at ATi/AMD video cards or people who seem to be using them( maybe). Why?
    You get payed to do negative publicity for AMD on the review sites? Because having a Ati card die on you in the middle of some important event in you gaming life( like raiding in WoW , am I close or am I close ;-) could not be the only reason.
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  • shin0bi272 - Friday, May 11, 2012 - link

    I think the reason for the missing memory chips is because they will be releasing the 685 in aug or sep which is supposed to be 4gb and run on a 512bit bus. It could be possible to increase the size of the gpu core and double the amount of ram and stil have it on a card this length.

    30% faster than the 670 (685 is supposed to be 25% faster than the 680 and the 670 is 5% slower than the 680) on the same size card but using 2x8 pin connectors instead of 2x6pin. Now imagine an after market or water cooler on it... yeah.

    You'll get great FPS on all those brand new console ports.
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  • KivBlue - Friday, May 11, 2012 - link

    $400 for a graphics card is just too much. Reply
  • medi01 - Saturday, May 12, 2012 - link

    For me too. In 200$-ish range it looks like AMD 7850 / 7870 are the only reasonable options.

    PS
    Honestly I don't get all the hype about 680/670. Cards are only marginally better than AMDs offering (losing in some games, winning in some games).

    Power consumption difference according to techpowerup is only 2 watt in idle, about 9 watt at full load. Not a big deal either.

    Basically a slight price drop by AMD on 7950/7970 (for whoever really wants those) once these cards actually become available and that's it.

    I also wonder, how many "enthusiasts" with multi-monitor setups in the need of a faster card are out there.

    PPS
    Worst part of it would be nVidia releasing confusing mix of completely different cards lower end cards released under the same name, to confuse consumer.
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  • CeriseCogburn - Saturday, May 12, 2012 - link

    I guess considering you think $200 equals $335 and that also equals $250, we can say your comment equals a big fat lie, and when a big fat lie is what one immediately starts off with, everyone knows something is WRONG. Reply
  • Gastec - Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - link

    Again you attack someone who posted a comment about AMD cards, just because. You are obviously a troll and someone from this, STILL RESPECTED computer magazine should ban you. Reply
  • Gastec - Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - link

    Yes but people who buy these have enough money to buy even the $3000-4000. Tesla K20 ones . Many of them have money from their parents, if you catch my drift. Reply
  • RegEDDIT - Sunday, May 13, 2012 - link

    I managed to buy one from Amazon before they went out of stock, and I must say, I am pleased. BF3 plays like a champ, Skyrim is smooth as butter, and Adobe Premiere edits like a champ now with Nvidia hardware acceleration. This is on a 1920x1080 monitor with an old q6700 quad core @ 2.666 GHz and 800Mhz RAM. I do not expect to buy another card for a long while. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Sunday, May 13, 2012 - link

    Here's COMPUTE SOFTWARE BASE in action.

    " Adobe Premiere edits like a champ now with Nvidia hardware acceleration "

    Nvidia wins. amd loses in compute.
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  • Zebo - Sunday, May 13, 2012 - link

    7950 has 40-50% OC potential being servilely down tuned @ 800Mhz.

    If AMD is smart they will release a 1100Mhz version and wreck 670s party.

    If you're an overclocked you'd be dumb to buy 670 with its limited control and potential of 7950. Let alone of you're on water.
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