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Temperature And Noise

GeForce GTX 670 2 GB Review: Is It Already Time To Forget GTX 680?
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For the most part, idle temperature and noise measurements are pretty boring. We all know that these cards are going to run quietly- and coolly-enough when they aren’t being asked to do actual work. Depending on how much effort is put into a given product’s cooling solution, you might see lower-end boards running hotter than pricier cards—and that’s exactly how the GeForce GTX 670 stacks up to the 680. Despite a disabled SMX, the 670 idles warmer and makes more noise than its predecessor, likely as a result of a cost-reduced form factor.

Bear in mind, though, that many partner boards will employ alternative cooling solutions, and won’t be represented by these results.

The same holds true under load: GeForce GTX 670 is warmer and louder than the GTX 680—but only barely so. Though it isn’t as quiet as a Radeon HD 7950, which we really like for its acoustic performance, the 670 is notably quieter than the reference cooler on AMD’s Radeon HD 7970.

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    Maximus_Delta , 10 May 2012 21:21
    I really think AMD should of set the 7970 clocks higher at default. Any 7970 owner knows with their card at 1125/1575 its much faster than the GTX 670 but this review paints a very different picture.
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    bemused_fred , 11 May 2012 03:05
    Shut up and take my money, NVIDIA!
    Maximus_DeltaI really think AMD should of set the 7970 clocks higher at default. Any 7970 owner knows with their card at 1125/1575 its much faster than the GTX 670 but this review paints a very different picture.


    AMD probably have very good reasons for keeping their cards at that level. I mean, if they could release them factory overclocked, they would be doing it as fast as they could, as it would give them a huge edge.
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    tracker45 , 11 May 2012 04:21
    gtx 670 and 680 performance is too similar !!!!! 680 is pointless !!!! don't buy it !!!
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    sam_p_lay , 11 May 2012 17:54
    Great job with the relative performance % charts on page 15 - would be great to start seeing this in all graphics card reviews (for example the upcoming GTX660 review comparing with GTX570 and GTX670!). Also good job re-running the numbers on all three GTX600 cards with the fresh drivers.

    You should be aware though when talking about availability issues that these don't necessarily apply to all markets. Over the past couple of years (since GTX470/GTX480) launch, I've observed quite a few cards with apparently poor availability actually being very easy to get hold of in the UK. Maybe it's easier to cater to the graphics needs of 60 million people than of 300 million :-) Something to keep in mind anyway.
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    johnners2981 , 11 May 2012 20:02
    Where did all the comments go???