NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: May 8, 2012
Product Name: GeForce GTX 670
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A Closer Look at the GTX 670

The GTX 670’s exterior design holds the typical historical hallmarks of an NVIDIA graphics card. It has a predominantly black heatsink shroud with a few touches of green to ensure everyone knows it is part of the GeForce lineup. In terms of length, the GTX 670 is also quite short at 9 ½” but that’s only half the story with this card, but we’ll leave the answer to that mystery for a bit later in this section. For now, we’ll give you a hint: it has something to do with the oddball location of the dual 6-pin power connectors.

NVIDIA has made a bit of a departure from their typical designs by giving the reference GTX 670 a somewhat aggressive styling with a corrugated heatsink cover but it still retains the typical blower-style fan setup. The card’s side uses the GeForce branding we’ve previously seen on the GTX 680 and GTX 690 but this time around, it isn’t lit.

We should also mention that even though this is NVIDIA’s reference exterior design, very few of their board partners will be using it. Expect the vast majority of launch day boards to come with custom designs.

The GTX 670’s connector layout doesn’t differ from the GTX 680’s by one iota. This card is still compatible with dual and tri SLI but won't run in quad mode. The backplate connectors consist of two dual link DVI outputs, one full sized HDMI 1.4 output and a single DisplayPort. As with the GTX 680, it is compatible with NVIDIA Surround and has the capability to output a fourth signal to an accessory display.

Shock was the only way to describe our emotions when we first saw the GTX 670’s underside. While the heatsink shroud extends its length to 9.5”, the actual PCB itself reaches a mere 6 ¾”, or roughly as long as most entry level cards. The extra plastic section added onto the card houses the fan as well as a small air baffle to direct airflow towards the internal heatsink. Supposedly, board partners will be releasing single slot versions soon after launch.

Some of you are probably wondering why NVIDIA didn’t just use with a centrally-mounted axial fan like the one found on the GTX 560 Ti. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t a simple one. The GTX 670’s core may be efficient but it still produces up to 170W of heat and most users don’t want that being dumped back into their case. In addition, as a matter of perception we all subliminally associate rear exhaust-style setups with higher end products so we’d hazard a guess that NVIDIA wanted that association to remain here.

Even with its heatsink shroud in place, the GTX 670 is the shortest 600-series card NVIDIA has released to date. However, once a card is shorter than a standard ATX motherboard, it really doesn’t make all that much of a difference for most users.

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