EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE 2GB

Unlike many of the other big names in the consumer and gaming graphics card industry who produce products based on GPUs from both the green and red teams, EVGA exclusively works with nVidia.  This shows in their product offerings as they offer a relatively large number of product variants per GPU.  Specifically within their GTX 670 line, there are two non-reference series of products: FTW and Superclocked+.  EVGA's nomenclature can get bit confusing between these two series of products as they overlap in cost, factory clock speeds and memory size.

The video card from EVGA we're looking at today is the GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE 2GB.  To easily understand where it fits in EVGA's lineup, it their entry level non-reference design offering that's one step higher than the basic reference design.  With the term FTW (for the win) in it's name, you'd probably assume that this is one of EVGA's higher end cards.  You would be semi-right, as the FTW (and FTW SIG2) version are EVGA's top 2GB GTX 670 products.  It's the LE suffix that denotes the lower end of the scale.  To me, FTW LE is an oxymoron.

But as a relatively entry level card, the FTW LE does have some tricks up its sleeve.  At first glance, you might think the FTW LE looks like it's just a basic reference design GTX 670 video card.  You would be half right and half wrong.  The reason it may look familiar to some is because it's essentially a twin to nVidia's reference GTX 680 design.  Almost everything from the cooler to the PCB is identical to the reference GTX 680 design.  It's simple for EVGA to accomplish this as the GTX 670 and 680 GPUs are exactly the same, save for one SMX (stream multiprocessor) disabled in the GTX 670 and lower core/boost clock speeds.  It's as easy as dropping in a GTX 670 core instead of a GTX 680.

The side view of the GTX 670 FTW LE also looks no different from a reference GTX 680.  The only thing added by EVGA is their logo beside the auxilary power connectors.

A pair of six pin PCIe power connections can be found near the front of the card.  As per the ATX standard, each of the auxilary power connectors are rated to supply up to 75w.  Combined with the 75w supplied via the PCI Express slot gives a total maximum capacity of 225w that can be supplied to the video card.  While some other non-reference GTX 670 cards have a six and eight pin power connector pair, two six pin connectors is more than enough to satisfy the GTX 670's maximum TDP of 170w.  Two six pin connectors is also what the GTX 680 reference design, with its 195w maximum TDP, is equipped with.

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.  Since the cooler employed by the FTW LE edition card uses a radial fan (aka blower) to push cool air through the heatsink and directly venting the hot air through the backplate, EVGA modified the reference design backplate to have larger vent holes.  While not really a big change, it's a nice detail that EVGA improved on, and every little bit helps with respect to cooling performance and noise level improvements.

This FTW LE GTX 670 comes out of the box with a small bump of its GPU and boost clock over the reference nVidia design, 941 vs 915MHz and 1020 vs 980MHz, respectively.  Memory clock speeds are the same as the reference design, and make full use of the installed Hynix GDDR5's rated specification.


Specifications

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE 2GB (02G-P4-2676-KR)

  • Shader Units: 1536
  • ROPs: 32
  • Graphics Processor Unit: Kepler (GK104)
  • GPU Transistors: 3500M
  • Memory Bus Width: 256 bit
  • GPU Clock: 941MHz (1020MHz 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: 10"
  • Package Contents: DVI to VGA adapter, 2x two Molex to PCIe 6-pin power adapters, EVGA stickers, driver CD

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That's what I thought

Clever is not offended , and draw conclusions .

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