Non-reference coolers are quite popular and EVGA’s Signature 2 series has always been a standout product in that respect. GTX 670 FTW Signature 2 runs at the same clocks as the GTX 670 FTW. The GPU is clocked at 1006MHz while the memory is at 1527MHz (6108MHz effectively). Note that reference clocks are 915/1502MHz for the GPU/memory. Higher clocks of course translate into better performance, but overclocked or not – the GTX 670 delivers a lot of bang for your gaming buck.
EVGA did a great job taking the GTX 680’s design for its GTX 670 FTW and GTX 670 FTW Signature 2 graphics card. This ensures advanced power management, something that can be usefully when overclocking. Using the GTX 680’s PCB allowed us to push the Power Target on EVGA’s GTX 670 FTW Signature 2 all the way up to +145 percent. In comparison, the reference GTX 670’s Power Target went up to +122 percent.
Added power and higher clocks don’t mean much without proper cooling. The Signature 2 cooler delivers a great balance between noise and temperature. The card is cool and almost inaudible when working at factory overclock. The old GTX 670 FTW card is also silent, but there EVGA sacrificed a few degrees Celsius in order to keep noise down.
EVGA GTX 670 FTW Signature 2 is priced about €15 more than GTX 670 FTW which can be yours for €330. If you are looking for silence and also have in mind overclocking, than the added investment in the Signature 2 version is justified, as it will get you a very quiet graphics card that can support your 2560x1600 gaming habit.