MSI GTX670 OC Power Edition Review

Far Cry 2

MSI GTX670 OC Power Edition Review

Far Cry 2

While we wait patiently for Far Cry 3, the venerable Far Cry 2 still provides a good test when everything is ramped up. The MSI GTX670 OC Power Edition makes short work of the Dunia engine, giving buttery smooth playability.

 

 

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06-08-2012, 06:46:28

tinytomlogan
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Today we're taking a close look at the latest factory overclocked card from MSI, the GTX670 OC Power Edition.


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06-08-2012, 06:54:53

wassupdoc
I think you shoulda bumped the price score up a bit fella, it's cheaper than most non reference 670's for that kind of performance :P Nice review

06-08-2012, 07:15:47

Josh Weston
A good review, and one that I have been waiting for on here for a while now
May I ask, did you leave the fans on auto? - a lot of the owners of this card say that the Auto preset is pretty naff, and that setting up your own fan settings is better.

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Originally Posted by wassupdoc View Post
I think you shoulda bumped the price score up a bit fella, it's cheaper than most non reference 670's for that kind of performance :P Nice review
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...BlclBhZ2U9Jg== It's actually a fair bit more than the reference cards.

06-08-2012, 09:54:52

yassarikhan786
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josh Weston View Post
A good review, and one that I have been waiting for on here for a while now
May I ask, did you leave the fans on auto? - a lot of the owners of this card say that the Auto preset is pretty naff, and that setting up your own fan settings is better.


http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...BlclBhZ2U9Jg== It's actually a fair bit more than the reference cards.
I think he was talking about the other non-ref cards.

06-08-2012, 09:56:53

Josh Weston
Hmm. It would seem as though my eyes decide to completely ignore certain prefixes whenever they wish - I didn't see the 'non' bit before the reference -.-
My bad

06-08-2012, 10:43:27

yassarikhan786
I think it might have been because of the missing "-"

06-08-2012, 11:42:23

wassupdoc
My bad ----------------, there that's my quota of non-hyphenated words filled

06-08-2012, 11:43:11

yassarikhan786
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Originally Posted by wassupdoc View Post
My bad ----------------, there that's my quota of non-hyphenated words filled
lol

06-08-2012, 11:46:57

Josh Weston

06-08-2012, 16:20:40

Brooksie
I own one of these bad boys

06-08-2012, 16:40:10

Josh Weston
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brooksie View Post
I own one of these bad boys
And how do you find it?
Noise wise etc. is it too bad at load?
And what kind of clocks have you got on it?
Sorry for the barrage of questions, but it will most likely be the card I go for...as soon as I raise the cash.

06-08-2012, 19:50:07

NRG!
Almost bought two of these, changed my mind at the last minute.

07-08-2012, 09:23:01

J0s3e
I want to know more aout them too.. For me it is now between this one, EVGA FTW one or the Gigabyte windforce x2. I want the quietest card, will be running SLI. How's the noise, idle / load?

07-08-2012, 09:54:34

yassarikhan786
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brooksie View Post
I own one of these bad boys
I'm not jealous at all

07-08-2012, 09:55:55

Josh Weston
Between those 3 cards, I believe the MSI is quietest at idle, but the Gigabyte is better at load. That's from what i've read, anyway.
However, you can set up custom fan profiles with the MSI, which should make it silent all the time

07-08-2012, 10:23:50

wassupdoc
I'd get a ASUS TOP 670 :P It's reaaaaally quiet

07-08-2012, 10:28:34

Josh Weston
I was thinking of the Asus, but i've seen too many horror stories about the card on the interwebs.
And Asus' support is not in high regard here in the UK, either.

07-08-2012, 10:32:37

J0s3e
I don't trust ASUS much, prefer to get Gigabyte / MSi / EVGA to be honest. A couple of mobos / GPUs I had from Asus all died rather soon after warranty expired, puts me off a little bit.
I think it all comes down only to how quiet are the cards while idle, because when gaming I have my isolating headset anyway, so the noise doesn't trouble me. And if it's that bad, I might stick an aftermarket cooler on it. Might go with the EVGA after all. I don't like the memory chips on the back of the card on the MSI / Gigabyte ones.

07-08-2012, 14:08:17

PetrolHead247
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Originally Posted by Josh Weston View Post
I was thinking of the Asus, but i've seen too many horror stories about the card on the interwebs.
And Asus' support is not in high regard here in the UK, either.
I haven't heard any horror stories about the Asus card at all, seems to be the best 670 out there, although if there are lots of horror stories it's no longer in my good books, and their customer service is a bit ropey at times too. The MSI looks awesome and the overclocking with the new afterburner version looks insane too, but from the reviews i've seen it's too loud at load for me, but maybe the OC potential makes up for that? Another 670 i'm interested in is the KFA2/Galaxy EX models, but the MSI's OC potential is tempting me very much so

07-08-2012, 14:36:36

Josh Weston
Ask James about his KFA2 card - he seems impressed
As with the MSI, from the user reviews that i've read on other forums, it seems the load noise can be cured with some manual fan customisation. Fans on 45% still seem to keep the card arctic like :P

07-08-2012, 15:19:53

GigaChunk
I won't know until I get one (in a week ) but when I do I can comment on noise levels. Some people are saying it's very quiet below 60%, whereas others say that it starts getting audible over 45%. Either way, the card has huge overclocking potential so i don't really mind

13-08-2012, 11:48:44

AverageNinja
Is the brown PCB really noticable? If it isn't this has the potential to go in my upcoming rig

13-08-2012, 12:20:36

GigaChunk
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Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
Is the brown PCB really noticable? If it isn't this has the potential to go in my upcoming rig
I'll be able to tell you in a couple of days From what I hear it's barely noticeable, and it only appears 'brown' if you shine bright light on it

13-08-2012, 12:33:30

garih
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josh Weston View Post
Between those 3 cards, I believe the MSI is quietest at idle, but the Gigabyte is better at load. That's from what i've read, anyway.
However, you can set up custom fan profiles with the MSI, which should make it silent all the time
erm, using msi afterburner you can set up custom fan profiles with any card.

13-08-2012, 13:39:43

AverageNinja
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Originally Posted by GigaChunk View Post
I'll be able to tell you in a couple of days From what I hear it's barely noticeable, and it only appears 'brown' if you shine bright light on it
OK mate
And if it is, I could always try and buy a backplate for it
EDIT: Just found out there aren't any backplates for it. yet.
I think I will add white LEDs in the build so I guess there is nothing for me to do but get another card.
Is there any other GTX 670 that can be overvolted?

13-08-2012, 14:03:22

Josh Weston
Quote:
Originally Posted by garih View Post
erm, using msi afterburner you can set up custom fan profiles with any card.
-shrugs- all the better then

13-08-2012, 15:41:05

GigaChunk
Quote:
Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
Is there any other GTX 670 that can be overvolted?
I don't think so. Don't quote me on that though

21-08-2012, 11:26:54

AverageNinja
Quote:
Originally Posted by GigaChunk View Post
I don't think so. Don't quote me on that though
And, is it noticable?

21-08-2012, 12:01:02

NRG!
Quote:
Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
And, is it noticable?
for my lightning:

max core o/c on stock volts = 1267mhz (so not a great clocker >.>)
max oc on +93mV offset = ~1377mhz in heaven 3.0.

I can run ~1402mhz in 3dmark11 up until about 70c at which point the core becomes unstable. (need waterblocks).

The twin frozr iv cooler suffers high temps when the card is overvolted and the card is not horizontal (I have an rv02). Something to do with heatpipes orientation. idk..

Mem overvoltage is great too because you get a nice performance increase from it on 600 series. My better lightning can run a +630mhz offset (~7268mhz effective) on stock volts and my slower one can be overvolted to match.

Any higher on the mem than +630 and my fps cuts in half for some reason, not sure if it's a 'ln2 bios' issue on the card or nvidia drivers nerfing it. The image on screen is completely free of artifacts..

Anyway, I think it'd be pretty beneficial, yes.

21-08-2012, 12:25:19

addarioo
Quote:
Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
And, is it noticable?
If you have a lot of light shinning on it then you will notice it otherwise no.

21-08-2012, 14:09:55

GigaChunk
Quote:
Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
And, is it noticable?
Yeah, I doubt you'd notice it inside a case. It's not really that brown, and you can only see it if you come quite close to it. Also, the fans are pretty much inaudible below 50%, but they do have a whine to them once you go past that. It's not really a problem though if you don't oc too much and just leave the fans on auto, because they don't go past about 45%

21-08-2012, 16:36:04

addarioo
Is anyone else getting an annoying buzzing/coil whine with this card, driving me mad.

Also anyone know what scans exchange procedure and policy is like?

21-08-2012, 17:17:33

GigaChunk
Quote:
Originally Posted by addarioo View Post
Is anyone else getting an annoying buzzing/coil whine with this card, driving me mad.

Also anyone know what scans exchange procedure and policy is like?
What fan speed does it start at?

21-08-2012, 17:22:45

addarioo
Quote:
Originally Posted by GigaChunk View Post
What fan speed does it start at?
It doesn't seem to be linked to the fan, or any kind of fan noise, I tried manually turning up the fan and it doesn't make the sound. In games when the gpu is under load it just makes a horrible buzzing sound even if I turn the fan speed down. Can hear the buzzing through my 550d case with all the vents closed lol

Never had any issues with the 580 I was using before.

21-08-2012, 17:26:19

GigaChunk
Quote:
Originally Posted by addarioo View Post
It doesn't seem to be linked to the fan, or any kind of fan noise, I tried manually turning up the fan and it doesn't make the sound. In games when the gpu is under load it just makes a horrible buzzing sound even if I turn the fan speed down. Can hear the buzzing through my 550d case with all the vents closed lol

Never had any issues with the 580 I was using before.
Might be a faulty cap or something, probably best to RMA it

21-08-2012, 17:29:57

Josh Weston
Just sounds like good ol'coil whine to me - an awful lot of cards, motherboards, PSUs etc. suffer from such an issue. RMA it if you can, but they may not accept it.

21-08-2012, 17:30:15

addarioo
Quote:
Originally Posted by GigaChunk View Post
Might be a faulty cap or something, probably best to RMA it
Always my luck, hopefully I can arrange with Scan to have all sorted before the weekend... not missing the gw2 launch =P

21-08-2012, 17:57:51

NRG!
Wow, so somehow i managed to read 'is it noticeable?' as asking whether overvolting was noticeable.

Damn uni work has me frazzled.

As for coil whine, I get very minor coil whine which can't be heard with the door on. The only time I hear loud audible coil whine (more of a screech) is during the credits screen of heaven 3.0 @ 5000+fps.

Is the coil whine occurring at a high fps? You can limit your fps with afterburner (aside from using adaptive vsync).

21-08-2012, 18:40:46

addarioo
Quote:
Originally Posted by NRG! View Post
Wow, so somehow i managed to read 'is it noticeable?' as asking whether overvolting was noticeable.

Damn uni work has me frazzled.

As for coil whine, I get very minor coil whine which can't be heard with the door on. The only time I hear loud audible coil whine (more of a screech) is during the credits screen of heaven 3.0 @ 5000+fps.

Is the coil whine occurring at a high fps? You can limit your fps with afterburner (aside from using adaptive vsync).

Its happening when the gpu is under load, been on gw2 tonight and is buzzing all the time except when the card is on like 10% load. Tried it in other games and the same thing happens. I don't really get a screeching sound just a constant buzzing.
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