Overclocking and Thermals
At stock settings the card idles at 33C and after Furmark ran for 20 minutes with extreme mode enabled, we reached just 65C. At idle the card was almost silent, atleast inaudible to my ears, under load the fan did begin to speed up but was still quiet fairly quiet. In actual game play you find yourself very rarely hearing anything from the card.
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I installed MSI AfterBurner and set the power target to 132%. With Heaven bench running the card set itself to 1176MHz. We reached around about 1200MHz and that seemed to be the limit of this card.
Stability was tested with Furmark.
The GTX670 AMP! has proven it’s self against the GTX680, as we found in the gaming benchmarks the performance difference is pretty much negligible. It beats out the bigger card on noise and cooling too.
We only managed a 24MHz overclock on top of the factory overclock with which is poor but overall, the card comes with massive overclocks anyway so that doesn’t really matter.
The card does start to make some noise when running tests made to work your card to the max but in gaming you’ll likely rarely hear the card unless you’re really into quiet computing.
It’s nice to see games being included in the bundle, especially several at once.
This Zotac card sells for around £370. This is £100 cheaper than a GTX680 so this card definitely has good bang for buck.
- Amazing performance
- Flashy looks
- Very quiet
- Runs very cool
- Huge stock overclocks
- Great price to performance
- Not much overclocking headroom left
- A bit oversized