To put the card through its paces, we used a number of benchmarking tools as well as some of the latest games including Bioshock infinite, Metro Last Light and Crysis 3 whilst observing how they played and noting down any issues.
For the games that we could, we used the built in benchmarking facilities to observe how the game played as these can give you a more accurate idea of how the game will run compared to your system, running the game at the maximum settings that we could achieve, we used the latest non-beta drivers from Nvidia’s website.
The rest of the hardware in the machine consisted of the following hardware :
Intel Core I5 4770K Running at 3.5GHz
16GB of Corsair Pro Memory Running at 1600MHz
Samsung 120GB 840 Pro
All running on a Gigabyte Z87X-OC motherboard
The specifications of the system ensure that no bottlenecks should arise with the other hardware involved.
Set in 1912 during the growth of American exceptionalism, the game places you in the shoes of the former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, who is sent to the floating air-city of Columbia to find a young woman, Elizabeth, who has been held captive there for most of her life
For this game we used the built in benchmarking tool to observe the performance of the card. The Bioshock benchmark runs through several scenes and it measures the Scene duration and the Average, Minimum and Maximum FPS in each scene.
In the benchmark we used Ultra Settings at 1920x1080 with DDOF the results are below
Whilst the results do seem skewed with the Min FPS being quite low, whilst actually watching the benchmark demo there was no noticeable drop in performance that I could see.
Tomb Raider (2013)
As the first entry in a new Tomb Raider continuity, this game is a reboot that emphasises the reconstructed origins of the culturally influential lead character Lara Croft.
For this game ultimate settings were used and only the benchmark then run the results are below
Again the card handled this benchmark wonderfully.
Settings for both Hitman and Tomb Raider
Hitman Absolution is an action-adventure game, where the player once again takes on the role of Agent 47, a Hitman employed by the International Contracts Agency.
Much like Tomb Raider the settings chosen were Ultra, and then the benchmark was run to assess the performance of the card. The card in this instance did drop a bit below the minimum that I would have wanted to run the game, however if the settings were dropped a little I feel this be extremely playable and no noticeable quality would be lost.
Sniper Elite V2
Sniper Elite V2 is a third-person tactical shooter that emphasizes a less direct approach to combat, putting you in the role of a sniper during World War II, the game is a sequel to the original Sniper Elite, This game is one of my favourite ways to let off steam.
In this game we set the benchmark settings to the highest they would go with all the options the options that could be changed to Ultra, set to Ultra.
The Average FPS in this game took a bit of a hit because of this, only managing an Average 32.7 FPS and during the benchmark it had noticeable parts during which seemed to stutter, much like Hitman, with the settings turned down this wouldn’t be much of an issue.
Final Fantasy 14 - A Realm Reborn
Up next we have the soon to be released Final Fantasy XIV : A Realm Reborn, which is the reworking of the original game, this game features a new engine, improved server structures, revamped gameplay and interface.
Even though the settings were set the best they could be, the 670 breezed through this benchmark with the benchmark results saying “Easily capable of running the game. Should perform exceptionally well, even at higher resolutions” the results came with a performance rating of Very High.
After all the games were run and the card had finished its last in game benchmark I ran 3dMark to give it a score that should be easily comparable to your current setup, we ran 3dMark in the two modes, Performance and Extreme, to give a more accurate results for you to compare against your own system.
Performance Run / Default Settings
Extreme Run / Default Settings
With these results there is not much to say, the scores are towards the top in similar hardware results, which is good and means that the run did not suffer from any outside issues, because of the ease of testing your graphics card with this app, you can compare your result to these ones.
For the final test, we played through some of the games not listed in the benchmarks to see how well it performed; put simply much like the benchmarks above it performed faultlessly.
In game and under load the graphics card could be heard to noticeably spin up from idle, whilst the overall noise levels remained civil whilst all the tests above were performed and they were certainly not as loud as loud as a standard cooling unit. The temperatures of the card remained exceptionally low as well and whilst as mentioned, you could hear the card spin up under load the card never seemed to need to spin up to 100%, which backs up Asus’ claim that of cooler running and quieter performance.
For the tests the unit was also placed on to a test bench rather than fully inserted into a PC which makes me think that the noise levels I heard would be almost silent when fitted into a well-ventilated case, that you are not sitting 1 foot away from like I was with the test PC.