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MSI R4670 512MB Review

TheScavenger    -   December 9, 2008


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Testing:

At OverclockersClub.com, we use a set of benchmarks to stress the graphics card. We will use a series of newer gaming benchmarks, as well as some that are more seasoned, to show how well the MSI HD4670 compares to some of the other enthusiast video cards on the market. We'll be using single GPU models exclusively, to show just how much the MSI HD4670 brings to the table. All driver settings and clock speeds will be left at factory defaults for both the CPU and GPU, in an effort to minimize or eliminate any variables that could impact the results. The test system used in this review is listed below. After testing the card at stock speeds, I'll overclock it to see what kind of performance can be gained. All testing is performed with the default settings in the respective control panels, as well as default settings in the BIOS of the motherboard used in this test. For this round of testing, our drivers have been updated to the 177.79 for the Nvidia cards and the Catalyst 8.8 for the ATI video cards used in this review.

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • MSI HD4670 849/1149 MHz

Relative to other HD4670s, this MSI card was a good overclocker. In the end I was able to increase the RV730 core and memory clock by 100 and 150MHz respectively. The HD4670's clocks were adjusted using CCC. Temperatures were monitored using CCC as well. To reach my final overclock I started by increasing the core and memory speeds by 25MHz until I hit system instability on anything above 849MHz on the core. I was able to increase the memory speed by another 50MHz from there however. In the end, any clock above 849/1149 caused instanteous and massive artifacting. Temperatures were never any issue in any of the testing as idle temps were in the low 30s.

Benchmarks:

  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Closer Look (Catalyst Control Center)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing (Setup & Overclocking)
  7. Testing: Crysis
  8. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  9. Testing: Bioshock
  10. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  11. Testing: World in Conflict
  12. Testing: Call of Juarez
  13. Testing: Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts
  14. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  15. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Conclusion
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