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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Edition GeForce GTX 590 Mars II Asus Edition
Halo: Reach 50% 60%
Cyberpunk 2077 117% 73%
Red Dead Redemption 2 58% 26%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 2% 22%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 58% 26%
Doom Eternal 36% 8%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 117% 73%
Grand Theft Auto VI 142% 92%
FIFA 20 16% 33%
Need For Speed Heat 58% 26%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 Mars II Asus Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Edition.

The GTX 670 has a 198 MHz higher core clock speed but 16 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 590. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 670 manages to provide 9.7 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 670 has a 198 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 590, but the GTX 590 has 64 more Render Output Units than the GTX 670. As a result, the GTX 590 exhibits a 43.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 670. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 670 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 590, and so the GTX 670 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 590.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 590 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 670, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 590 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 590 has 192.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 670, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 590 is massively better than the GTX 670.

The GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Edition has 1344 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 590 Mars II Asus Edition has 512. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 670 is 1422 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 801. The GTX 670 having 621 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 590 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GTX 670 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 590. This means that the GTX 670 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 590.

The GeForce GTX 590 Mars II Asus Edition requires 499 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GTX 670. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GTX 670.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs782 MHz
Boost Clock1058 MHzvs-
ArchitectureKepler GK104-325-A2Fermi GF110
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date01 May 2012vs01 Apr 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs1002 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.3GB/secvs384.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1344vs512
Actual Shader Performance68%vs39%
Texture Mapping Units112vs128
Texture Rate109.8 GTexel/svs100.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs96
Pixel Rate31.4 GPixel/svs75.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-499 Watts
Recommended PSU-700 Watts & 46 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs12 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Edition is a Special Edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 670. See the standard version for more information about it.
The new features include an increase in the core-clock that went from 915MHz to 980MHz while the Turbo Boost is now of 1058MHz. A 20% more effective cooler is also included.
The performance boost is significant and around 5% when compared to the standard GTX 670.
Most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
GeForce GTX 590 Mars II Asus Edition is, just like GeForce GTX 590, a combination of two GeForce GTX 580 but with increased clock frequencies.
Just like GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 590 Mars II Asus Edition 3GB of video memory but Asus managed to increase the core-clock from 607MHz to 782MHz and the memory clock from 885MHz to 1002MHz. This huge over clock drastically increases the heat produced so "Twin oversized 120mm fans" were also included.
Benchmarks indicate the performance is about 15% better than the standard GeForce GTX 590.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
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