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Asus GTX 670 Direct CU II review

The relentless march of time hasn't been kind to the GTX 670

Our Verdict

For

  • Good performance: Good overclocking possibilities

Against

  • Expensive
  • Other cards offer more for less

Featuring an only slightly cut-down GK104 GPU compared to the top-end GTX 680, we were big fans of the GTX 670 when it first tipped up. It was only a little slower than the top GeForce card and was much cheaper. It also had a performance lead on the HD 7950 and was on par with the original HD 7970.

Time hasn't been kind to the GTX 670 though and with prices staying relatively high since launch, its relevance has diminished.

The new GHz Edition of the HD 7970 put it out in front of both top Kepler cards and the Catalyst driver optimisations, and more compute-oriented game engines have made the HD 7950 a rather tantalising prospect in comparison.

The part of the rival AMD GPU is played here by another Asus card and is significantly cheaper than the GTX 670, now trading performance leads across our benchmarking suite. At about £50 cheaper for the same sort of performance, itfs a tough ask for this second-tier Kepler card.

That said it's more than capable of delivering great fps scores at high-resolutions, so there's no reason to be down on it if youfve got one sat in your machine. I'm still more than happy with mine.

But, it's tough to recommend the GTX 670 to anyone looking to spend decent money on a graphics card. The HD 7950 will deliver the same sort of performance, in some cases significantly more, for fair amount less cash. It's still got some impressive overclocking chops, but box-fresh the AMD card wins out in this too.

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX 670
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX 600
DisplayPortYes
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameAsus
Standard Memory2 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 3.0 x16
Bus Width256 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height137.2 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length271.8 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Memory Speed6008 MHz
Product ModelGTX670-DC2T-2GD5
Product NameGTX670-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 Graphic Card
Manufacturer Part Number90-C1CS31-S0UAY0BZ
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information
  • TOP-selected 1137MHz core - 157MHz higher than reference for smoother gameplay.
  • Flattened copper heatpipes makes direct contact with the GPU surface so heat is dissipated efficiently, delivering a 20% cooler and vastly quieter performance than reference.
  • Acclaimed DIGI+ VRM with 8-phase Super Alloy Power technology delivers precise digital power and enhanced durability for stable overclocking.
  • GPU Tweak utility helps you modify and tune clocks (including new boost clock settings), power consumption targets, voltages, and fan performance via an intuitive interface
Package Contents
  • GTX670-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 Graphic Card
  • 1 x Power Cable
Thickness43.2 mm
API SupportedDirectX 11.0