Graphics Cards Guide
These are the hardware specifications of our recently updated graphics card test rig:
- Intel Core i7-3960X (3.3GHz)
- ASUS P9X79 Pro (Intel X79 chipset) Motherboard
- 4 x 2GB DDR3-1600 G.Skill Ripjaws Memory
- Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive (OS)
- Western Digital Caviar Black 7200 RPM 1TB SATA hard drive (Benchmarks + Games)
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Here's the list of cards we'll be testing and the drivers used. We down-clocked our Palit GeForce GTX 670 JetStream graphics card to emulate a reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 card so as to obtain some baseline GTX 670 figures on our new testbed system.
- ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini OC 2GB GDDR5 (NVIDIA ForceWare 314.22)
- Palit GeForce GTX 670 JetStream 2GB GDDR5 (NVIDIA ForceWare 314.22)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 310.90)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB GDDR5 (NVIDIA ForceWare 310.90)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5 (NVIDIA ForceWare 314.14)
- ASUS Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU2 1GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta)
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 13.2 Beta)
- AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 13.2 Beta)
Take note that the main purpose of our tests is to check how the mini GTX 670 card fares against the normal sized GTX 670 and it isn't an AMD/NVIDIA comparison. The best AMD counterpart at the same price point is the Radeon HD 7950 and HD 7970 graphics cards, but we're still getting updated results at this point of time on our new test rig. As such, we'll have to make do without them at the point of publication. We will however shortly update the article as soon as it's done.
As the ASUS card is just slightly overclocked to specifications that are tad higher than the reference GeForce GTX 670, we will be focusing on overclocking potential, temperature performance, and its power consumption. As such, we've chosen to streamline our results reporting to a very select set of benchmarks as outlined below. For a full set of of comparison results with more benchmarks, you may tune in to our older GeForce GTX 660 Ti article for appropriate comparisons.
- Futuremark 3DMark 11
- Crysis 3
- Overclocking (Futuremark 3DMark 11)
- Power Consumption