Pros: Cheap, based on 680 PCB, good overclocking, high factory overclock
Cons: Pretty loud, needs custom fan profile
This graphics card was benched on a Z68 platform with 8GB Ram and a i5 2500k @ 4.5 GHZ super stable with Corsair H80. Fan speed was set at 80% to ensure there was no thermal throttling.
First up, the overall Battlefield 3 performance (at factory clocks) averaged around 60-80FPS at the Ultra preset. (round played on Noshahr Canals TDM 24 player). Overclocked to 1265core/6825mem I got around 65-90FPS on the same settings (round played on Noshahr Canals TDM 24 player).
It scored P9534 on 3dMark, and the graphics score was 10191 at 1265core/6825mem. You can see it here:http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4141255.
Now on to overclocking!
This card overclocks really well, which was quite a surprise! Below are the EVGA Precision X settings that I used to reach 1265core/6825mem.
Below is a good fan profile to use to avoid thermal throttling:
You may or may not reach these clocks, and Overclock.net and/or myself take no responsibility for possible problems/damages caused by Overclocking. Do it at your own risk.
This is a fantastic card, in a way very similar to the EVGA GTX 670 FTW, with its 680 PCB, and it is clocked exactly the same. It is possible that the chips are binned in the same way as the EVGA chips. It also exhaust heat out the back, which can come in handy, especially for SLI setups.
The Galaxy GTX 670 GC (reference) presents great value for money, and I would definitely recommend it.