NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 SLI Performance Analysis

Introduction + Test Setup

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 SLI Performance Analysis

NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 670 is a stunning card, offering fantastic performance at a very reasonable price. At its US$399 price point, it completely decimates the competition. In fact, it is so fast and offers so much value for money that it makes even the flagship GeForce GTX 680 look a bit silly. If you haven’t read our full review, we suggest you do so first to get up to speed on just how much we love this new card from NVIDIA. We've even got a couple of custom edition cards tested in the article such as the ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP and the Palit Palit GeForce GTX 670 JetStream.

Hang on to your seat belts. Today we are going to find out just how fast two GeForce GTX 670 cards are in a 2-way SLI configuration.

Today, we are following up our review with our analysis of the GeForce GTX 670’s performance in a 2-way SLI configuration. Our biggest and possibly only misgiving with the GeForce GTX 670 was its slightly noisy cooler, so in an SLI setup, it’ll be interesting to see how loud the cooler gets. Elsewhere, we’ll be keen to see just how well the combined 2688 CUDA cores will perform. Will it be capable of topping the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690? Read on to find out.

Test Setup

To evaluate the GeForce GTX 570’s performance in a 2-way SLI configuration, we will be using our X58 setup which has the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 G.Skill memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

The full list of cards tested and driver versions used:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 2-way SLI (ForceWare 301.33)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 301.33)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 4GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 301.33)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 2-way SLI (ForceWare 301.10)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 301.10)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 2-way CrossFireX (AMD Catalyst 12.2 Preview Version)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 12.2 Preview Version)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 3GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 267.71)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 11.4 Preview)

The list of benchmarks used:

  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Unigine Heaven V2.1
  • Far Cry 2
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Crysis 2
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Dirt 3
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
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