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Kepler Strikes Again: Gainward GeForce GTX 670 Review

By Julio Franco
May 10, 2012
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  1. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 342   +20

    Wow, to think Nvidia couldn't make it any harder on AMD.

    I was honestly expecting only GTX 580 performance, but they really blew this one out of the water.

    Now I'm curious if they will release the GTX 660 with performance on par with a GTX 580 at $299. Two of those babies in SLI for only $600 will be killer.

    Oh well, glad I have my GTX 680. Was lucky to nab one for $400 off craigslist. But honestly if I didn't have this 680, I would have just bought the 670 and by the looks of it would have been just as happy.
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,820   +651

    @Steve
    Ha. probably depends on how long Nvidia have been stockpiling salvage parts, if AMD are going with price reduction v2.0, and how quickly stock gets depleted against Nvidia's increased wafer allocation.

    Judging by reviews around the place- yours included- I'd say that anyone who had the 680/690 on a wish list/stock notification, or were fence sitting because of pricing, will probably find the 670 a viable reason to jump onboard. Easy to see why Nvidia didn't launch at the same time as the 680...the 670 makes a much more compelling purchase....not to mention making the 690, 680, 7970 and 7950 redundant at their present price points. Will be interesting to see how the 660 stacks up- though I'm guessing that doesn't make an entrance until Nvidia has exhausted their GF114 inventory

    I hope the January-March buyers of 7970's at $US550 got their moneys worth. For my money I'm picking the "GHz Edition" takes the $460-480 bracket presently occupied by the current 925M core version which will then move down to $399 to combat the 670. A 30% pricecut in six weeks.
  3. "A 30% pricecut in six weeks."

    It's worse than that. After market 670 OCs are delivering > HD7970 level of performance for $400-420. Reference 7970 is worthless for overclocking (unless you water cool it or play with headphones) since its fan sounds like a jet engine. I remember when 7970s first launched, the after market versions were going for at least $580. So a $400 GTX670 delivers similar performance today --> That's a $180 loss of value. Early adopters know this though, I hope.

    The worst was HD7870/7950. Those cards going for $330-400 are just laughable now. HD7870 should be $299 at most and 7950 at $349. AMD got owned this generation by a mid-range Kepler chip. They had price/performance, performance/watt in the bank last 3 generations and lost every key metric outside of compute performance. They engineers should go back to the drawing board for HD8000 series and deliver the goods.
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,820   +651

    Turned out to be a false economy. Nvidia cut their teeth on adding compute with the G80 over four years ago at the expense of those metrics. AMD concentrated on gaming performance only since they had very little pro market presence and little inclination to expand it. AMD are simply playing catch up adding compute now. It's probably easer to slim down/strip out compute functionality to a design than to add it.
    The HD 8000 series is already laid down and likely well advanced. It usually takes 2-3 years of planning and design before the cards actually see the light of day, so AMD were largely committed to GCN and the specification parameters for the 8000 even before the 7000 were out of the oven.
  5. DanUK

    DanUK TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 189   +7

    What a great card!
    AMD must really be starting to feel the pain.

    If I didn't already have a 580 I'd jump right on this!
  6. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,820   +651

    Enthusiast graphics card sales are more of a marketing coup and a way to keep the brand front-and-centre in the tech arena. AMD's pain is self inflicted in graphics - the high margin pro/workstation/hpc markets (which GTX 680/670 doesn't compete in) are still an Nvidia stronghold with Fermi based cards (and earlier) due to offering a complete hardware+driver+software ecosystem.

    AMD still lead Nvidia in foundry process knowledge and time to market, and just as tellingly, the high volume low end of the market.
  7. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,326   +424 Staff Member

  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,820   +651

  9. Thanks for the review, it pushed me over the edge. Gonna order one right now!


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