Here comes another sweet spot graphics card from ASUS, fielding the 28nm GTX 670 from NVIDIA with its 1344 CUDA cores. This chip has been selected as a TOP edition, proving more overclockable at the factory, so both the base clock and boost clock are significantly higher than reference, set to 1058MHz and 1137MHz, respectively. To keep it chilled, itís been paired with a DirectCU cooler, featuring twin 100mm fans. This arrangement translates into both lower temps and reduced noise when put next to the reference design, all the while offering better performance.
The GTX 670 is generally NVIDIAís entry into the more high end yet down to earth segment, bringing together power that isnít that far removed from the GTX 680, while packaging it in a more realistic two-slot and twin 6-pin form factor so it fits in almost any case and doesnít put too much strain on power supplies. In short, this is probably one of the more ideal gaming cards for your money right now, and ASUS does it good justice by including the GPU Tweak utility in the box to allow for easier overclocking and tuning.
Like other recent graphics card releases from ASUS, this one also uses DIGI+ VRM power delivery for more accurate and cleaner power, as well as a better jumping off point for overclocking.
Letís take a look at some quick photos here:
Thatís a quick rundown of the main features on the back of the box, also explaining the benefits of DirectCU cooling with its all-copper heat dissipation points, bigger heatsink, and direct contact with the GPU.
Similar packaging to all ASUS graphics cards, keeping your investment safe during shipping and afterwards.
The card itself measures 10.7″ x 5.4″ x1.7″, and as we said earlier, takes up two PCI Express slots. You will need two 6-pin power connectors to get it working.
Tough backplate like on many other DirectCU cards, helps keep it all together while reducing noise and aiding in heat abatement.
Really like this all-carbon look of the front of the card, nicely aesthetic.
On the back you get all the connectors you need.
The side of the card shows part of the heatpipe build, which is quite massive.
Upon closer inspection of the side, we see the large heatsink and rather impressive solid state capacitors. No wonder they call this guy TOP!
While maybe not as extreme as the 680 or Radeon 7970, the GTX 670 is an impressive card in every way, made even better with great and quiet cooling and several nice extras for OC seekers. This is one more reason to consider making the move to 28nm.