Nvidia today rolled out the welcome mat for the newest addition to its Kepler family, the GeForce GTX 670. The new 670 is "engineered from the same DNA as the recently announced GTX 680," but is a more affordable part with prices starting at $399 for cards built around Nvidia's reference design. And according to Nvidia, the 670 is a full 45 percent faster in gaming performance than the closest competitive product (i.e., AMD's Radeon HD 7950).
"Plus, the GeForce GTX 670 ties the competition's much higher-priced flagship product on 25 of the world's most popular games and benchmarks, a testament to the overall performance efficiency of the Kepler architecture," Nvidia claims.
In other words, the GTX 670 is all that a bag of chips, in Nvidia's eyes. Performance claims aside, the GTX 670 sports 1,344 CUDA cores, 112 texture units, and 32 ROP units. It has 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6,008MHz on a 256-bit bus resulting in 192.2GB/s of memory bandwidth. The GPU has a base clockspeed of 915MHz and a boost clockspeed of 980MHz.
For comparison, the GTX 680 features a few more CUDA cores (1,536), more texture units (138), and a faster GPU (1,006MHz base, 1,058MHz boost). The GTX 680 is also a longer graphics card; the GTX 670 measures 9.5 inches long.
Technically, the GTX 670 is available to purchase now, but like all Kepler cards, that's contingent on being to find the darn thing in stock.