GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 (2GB) with WINDFORCE 3X Cooling Technology

Instead of releasing a plain-jane GIGABYTE branded reference design video card for its volume GeForce GTX 670 product, GIGABYTE injected its own style into its offering.  Like the headlining products across the whole GIGABYTE GeForce 600 series, its top of the line GTX 670 product features a WINDFORCE cooler.  Two iterations of the WINDFORCE cooler are available for GIGABYTE's GTX 670 products, one with two fans and the one we're looking at today, the WINDFORCE 3X, which if the name doesn't already tell you comes equipped with three fans.  Just at first glance, the WINDFORCE cooler covers the whole surface of the card.  The top layer is comprised of three low profile fans that come fittted in a sleek and smooth black plastic shroud.  Below that layer comes two large (but thin) aluminum heatsinks which are attached using three copper heatpipes.


 

Specifications

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 2GB with WINDFORCE 3X

  • Shader Units: 1344
  • ROPs: 32
  • Graphics Processor Unit: Kepler (GK104)
  • GPU Transistors: 3500M
  • Memory Bus Width: 256 bit
  • GPU Clock: 980MHz (1059MHz boost)
  • Memory Clock: 1502MHz (6008MHz GDDR5)
  • Physical Interface: PCI-E 16x (supports PCI-E 3.0)
  • Display Outputs: 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4a, 2x dual-link DVI (1x DVI-D, 1x DVI-D)
  • Video Card Length: 11"

Based on the design and orientation of most computer cases, this is how GIGABYTE's GTX 670 will look installed.  The metal brace on the outer edge of the PCB provides both support and aesthetic enhancement to the card, with GIGABYTE's logo right on the side.  A pair of power connections, one 6-pin and the other 8-pin, are used to supplement the PCIe slot's power delivery to satisfy the GTX 670's TDP of 170w.

While the WINDFORCE cooler looks large at first glance, it'd pretty thin.  Both the heatsink and fans are low profile, and combined allow the GIGABYTE's GTX 670 to be a two slot design.  However, if another video card is used in the slot directly adjacent to this one, it will limit access to cool air for the fans, making the cooler much less effective.  Many SLI compatible motherboards on the market space their 16-lane PCIe slots so that there are three slots of height available per video card, so GIGABYTE's solution would work well in the case of SLI.

The display outputs on the video card include two dual-link DVIs (one each of DVI-D and DVI-I), an HDMI 1.4a and Displayport 1.2.  The backplate also has a vent, but this is likely only trailover from the GTX 670 reference design of which its cooler design uses the vent for exhaust.


Comments

Stellar card

I have owned this card since May 2012 and it performs flawlessly. I regularly run it at 1345mhz boost / 7010 mhz memory without issues. Can't wait to buy another for sli next year to go along with one of those Catleap IPS 2560x1440 monitors off of ebay!

processor in test system

I've never seen a Core i7 3550K, so I assume this is a typo?

Ooops you are right!  Good

Ooops you are right!  Good eye, a 3570k was used.

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