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    Nvidiaís GTX 670 arrives hot on the heels of the super-expensive, dual-GPU GTX 690. The 690ís rarified price--a cool grand, if you can find it--makes it of limited interest to most gamers. The GTX 670, on the other hand, offers performance as good or better than last yearís high-end GTX 580 while consuming much less power. At roughly $399, itís still not a budget card, but itís certainly affordable for users looking for a robust PC gaming experience on HD-resolution displays, but unwilling to shell out the $500 or more necessary for its high-end cousin, the GTX 680.Letís take a quick look at the speeds and feeds for the GTX 670, and see just how itís different from its pricier cousin. Note that clock frequencies are for the reference board. Shipping retail boards may differ in clock frequencies, depending on the design of the board and what the company shipping the board wants to support.
    Feature GTX 670 GTX 680
    Graphics Cores 1344 1536
    Texture Units 112 128
    ROPs 32 32
    Base Clock Frequency 915 MHz 1006 MHz
    Boost Clock Frequency 980 MHz 1058 MHz
    Memory (Frequency) 2GB GDDR5 (1502 MHz) 2GB GDDR5 (1502 MHz)
    Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit
    Transistor Count 3.5 billion 3.5 billion
    Display Connectors 2 x Dual Link DVI, 2 x HDMI 1.4a (Fast), 2 x DisplayPort 1.2 2 x Dual Link DVI, 2 x HDMI 1.4a (Fast), 2 x DisplayPort 1.2
    Power Connectors 2 x 6-pin PCIe 2 x 6-pin PCIe
    Thermal Design Power (TDP) 170W 195W
    The chip used in the GTX 670 is the exact same GK104 GPU as the higher-end GTX 680, but with one entire functional block--what Nvidia calls an ďSMXĒ--disabled. The clock frequency is a little lower for the GPU core itself, but the memory clock frequency and quantity are identical.
    Those are the base specs in a nutshell. Now itís time to check out how the reference board actually performs.
    Performance

    Performance data was collected using FutureMarkís 3DMark 2011 and five DirectX 11 games: Crysis 2, Shogun 2: Total War, DiRT3, Metro 2033, and Batman: Arkham City. Also, system power under idle and load was measured using a Watts Up Pro power meter. The system used for testing consisted of an Intel Core i7 3960X running at 3.3GHz with 12GB of DDR3 RAM running at 1600MHz. Power supply, motherboard, and other hardware remained the same during the entire run, as did the operating system, Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

    Nvidiaís new $399 card easily bests last yearís high-end GTX 580 in 3DMark 2011, as well as both current high-end GPUs from AMD, the Radeon HD 7950 and Radeon HD 7970.

    Itís worth noting that the GTX 670 easily beats last yearís model, as well as the similarly priced Radeon HD 7950. The average game performance is essentially a dead heat with the pricier Radeon HD 7970.

    Itís impressive how idle power has improved on all the current-generation cards. However, itís also worth noting that the GTX 670 used here consumed just a little more power than a GTX 680 reference board. The actual difference was only a couple of watts, so itís probably just variation in manufacturing.

    Under full load, measured when running 3DMark 2011 at very high resolutions and all features maxed out, the GTX 670 proves to be the most efficient card, though the Radeon HD 7950 is just a step behind.
    Availability

    Cards are shipping now, from a variety of manufacturers, including Asus, eVGA, Gainward, and more. While the target price is $399, prices will likely vary, depending on the level of factoryoverclocking and other included features. The eVGA card, for example, will ship with a base clock of 967MHz, as well as pushing the memory clock to an impressive 1552MHz. Most companies building cards based on the GTX 670 will ship factory-overclocked versions. Some even take up more than two slots.
    Actual availability is an open question. The original GTX 680 has been difficult to find, with waiting lists for cards from most online retailers. Itís possible that GTX 670 cards will be built from GPU dies that werenít able to pass full GTX 680 certification. If so, more of them should hit retail shelves.
    Final Thoughts

    At $399, the GTX 670 is still aimed more at the subset of high-end gamers who are likely playing on a single, HD resolution display. At $100 less, you still get performance better than last yearís high-end GPU from Nvidia, and equaling more expensive cards based on AMDís Radeon HD 7970.
    The card is surprisingly compact for its performance, and should fit in most midtower cases--even those lacking the depth to handle some higher-end cards. Power-supply requirements should be modest--a good 500W PSU should do the trick.
    If youíre a serious PC gamer thinking about upgrading, and already have a GTX 580 or similar high-end card, itís probably not worth moving to a GTX 670. But if you have an older GTX 200 series or 400 series card, it may be well worth the investment.

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    This has been posted already under the "nvidia Keplar discussion" the GTX 670 is a great card but that doesn't mean it deserves a thread of it's own.

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    @amit12 sorry to say but you are too early for the next series

    http://banglagamer.com/showthread.ph...ghlight=kepler

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    owsme card owsme

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    Yea, very very good card. Asha kori aro dam kombe.

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    ei card ta besh jonopriota pabe bujha jacche

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    current price koto....??

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    Not available in BD, estimated initial price is 45K ish.

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    $399...seita jodi bd te ese 45k($550) hoe jae..tahole bd gamerz der ki hobe...

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