If you have been an ardent follower of Tech-Critter.Com you might remember when I did a Plug & Play test with the Sapphire HD7850 2GB a while back to show what kind of performance you’d get in an outdated PC. So today, we’ll do another one in pretty much the same PC, but this time it’ll be with the Asus GeForce GTX670 DirectCU II Mini. Should be interesting I’d say to keep you readers happy.
As I’m trying to keep things as simple as possible, I’ll be comparing stock speeds of the cards in a stock speed system. This is so that evryone can do this and that we can see what difference it makes if we just plug in a new component; particularly useful for those who are not really used to tweaking their PC.
Graphics Card(s) Tested:
Asus GeForce GTX670 DirectCU II Mini
Test Setup / tools:
AMD PhenomII 710 X3
Gelid Solutions The Black Edition CPU cooler
Asus M4N785TD-V Evo
Kingston Value RAM 1333Mhz 2GB x4
Seagate SSHD 1TB
WD Caviar Blue 1TB
Huntkey ASPC 700W PSU
Silverstone Raven 04 Chassis
Dell S2009W1600x900 resolution
MSI Afterburner V3.0.0
- nVidia 337.88
- AMD 13.12
Unigine Heaven 4.0
In this synthetic benchmark, the GTX670 did very well though it didn’t reach 60fps, it’s still faster than the HD7850 by about 40%.
Unigene Valley 1.0
Tomb Raider is also playable on the HD7850 and while the GTX670 is doing better, it’s not exactly as ground-breaking this time like it did in Grid 2, only averaging out at about 43fps, no more than 10fps better than the HD7850.
Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
As expected, the GTX670 does trump the HD7850 being the superior card, more on some tests and not so on others. In short, yes it does give you the performance boost when one simply plug in a more powerful GPU especially if you’re looking forward to playing the latest titles like Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag that changes from laggy to playable. Bear in mind that the settings are cranked all the way up, which means that you could get better fps by lowering some details on both cards, but the upgrade is definitely a step up in performance despite the the older CPU to begin with.
So before any of you decide to decide to change everything or buy a new PC just to play games, changing up the GPU might be the only upgrade you’ll need to achieve just that.