NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Video Card Review

NVIDIA's next generation Kepler GPU continues with the launch of the GeForce GTX 670. This GPU is positioned to provide great performance at a price level $100 less than the GeForce GTX 680. Could this be the best performing $399 video card, besting even the Radeon HD 7950? We tell you all you need to know if $400 is your price range.

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Battlefield 3

We are using the downloaded version of Battlefield 3 via Origin. This game supports two different antialiasing methods, traditional MSAA via the "Deferred AA" option and shader based FXAA via the "Post AA" option. We evaluate the highest playable gameplay settings and take into account performance and image quality, striving for the best. In that regard, we will use whatever the appropriate AA setting, or combination of AA settings, are best for the video cards being used. Our testing procedure and evaluation of graphics features in BF3 are explained in our Battlefield 3 Gameplay Performance and IQ evaluation. We are using the latest patch for this game.


Highest Playable Settings

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BF3 performed extremely well on the GeForce GTX 670 all the way up to 2560x1600. At 2560x1600 we were able to have all the in-game quality options set to "Ultra" plus HBAO. We found FXAA provided the best image quality plus performance. However, we did push it up to 2X AA plus FXAA and performance was right on the border of being playable. Some may find that level playable, and it's impressive that a $399 video card could even achieve that setting at 2560x1600.

Alternatively, 1920x1200 was playable with 4X AA plus FXAA. Therefore, if you have a 1080p display, you will be able to maximize the graphics settings in this game to its highest potential with the GTX 670. The AMD Radeon HD 7950 and GTX 580 also reached the same playable setting at 2560x1600, but with much lower framerates. The GeForce GTX 670 certainly gives you a smoother experience.

Battlefield 3: Multiplayer

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In Multiplayer we found that we were able to play at 2560x1600 as well with "Ultra" settings. However, we did have to back off on Ambient Occlusion to SSAO. Even though we are running at SSAO, the drop in image quality wasn't severe. Performance was smooth, and we had a great time playing at this high resolution. At a lower resolution like 1920x1200 the GTX 670 has no trouble with running HBAO. In both cases, FXAA allowed the video card to achieve better framerates with smoother edges.


Apples-to-Apples

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In this apples-to-apples test at 1920x1200 with 4X AA plus FXAA enabled you can see the performance lead the GTX 670 has over even the Radeon HD 7950. The gameplay experience at 1080p was much smoother with the GTX 670.