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Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 review plus SLI and 3-way SLI

How does the cheaper sibling of the GeForce GTX 680 perform?

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Introduction

In late March Nvidia introduced its current flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 680. Today the manufacturer launches a cheaper graphics card (about £100 cheaper in fact) based on the same GK104 GPU, the GeForce GTX 670. Hardware.Info tested the new video card. We didn't leave it at that though. We also tested two and three cards in SLI!


We could almost synchronise our watches to Nvidia's staunchly regular product releases. Just like the Geforce 470 appeared shortly after the GeForce GTX 480, and the GTX 580 quickly got a more affordable sibling with the GTX 570, Nvidia now comes with a cheaper version of the GTX 680. Again the recipe is the same, with a graphics card based on the same GPU, but with fewer active cores and a lower clock frequency.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 with cooler is a bit longer than the PCB would have you believe.

The recommended price for the GeForce GTX 680 was £429 (but you can find them for £407) and the RRP for the GeForce GTX 670 is £329. An appealing price, in other words, which positions the GTX 670 directly against AMD's Radeon HD 7950. As such, we will keep a close eye on the difference between these two cards in the benchmarks.

In addition to Nvidia's reference card, we also received GeForce GTX 670s by ASUS, Zotac and Point of View. We will be able to tell you how the GeForce GTX 670 performs in relation to other graphics cards, but also which GeForce GTX 670 is the best. And last but not least, we combined the cards in two-way and three-way SLI configurations. Unfortunately, four-way SLI is not possible. We do have four GTX 670 cards, but Nvidia decided not to support four-way SLI (more on that below).

Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI (3-way)


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