MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card

It's MSIs turn to go to work on the HD 4670. We take the time to find out what they've done with it today.
@ShawnBakerTW
Published Mon, Oct 6 2008 11:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Fri, Sep 18 2020 10:50 PM CDT
Rating: 83%Manufacturer: MSI

Introduction


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card



Today we find ourselves once again looking at one of the new mid-range ATI based graphics cards. The particular card we're looking at today is the HD 4670 which impressed us at launch just the other week.

With MSIs version in hand, we will see if it can manage to impress us like the Sapphire did. The mid-range market is no doubt one of the most important segments for both AMD and NVIDIA, as this is where the quantity is found.

With the card in hand, let's take the time to see what's going on in the package department while also seeing what MSI have done to the card itself. So with that said, let's get straight into the package and see what MSI have chosen to include.

The Package




It doesn't come as any real surprise that MSI have opted to make use of a smaller box design to help keep the transportation costs down. Across the top of the box we see the MSI logo along with the ATI one.

MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Towards the middle of the box we have the model and below that some of the main features like Dual Link DVI, 512MB GDDR3 and at the very bottom the mention of the card being part of the gaming series.

MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Turning the box over, we have some information about the features along with the system requirements; we also have a bit of talk about the cards HDMI capabilities and the DVI connector.

MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Inside we don't find a whole lot going on with the bundle. Apart from the two user guides and a driver CD the only other real extra we find is a DVI to VGA connector.

The Card




Pulling the card out of the box, we can see the red PCB that we've become quite accustomed to seeing from MSI. Sitting on top of the GPU is quite an impressive looking cooler for a mid-range card; with a massive copper base and aluminum fins, the whole cooler feels of the highest quality.

MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Being a mid-range card there isn't any extra power needed, so the only extra connectors that we see floating around are the two Crossfire connectors located at the top of the card in the event you want to put two of these cards together.

MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


As far as the I/O department goes, we have two Dual Link DVI connectors, but what's interesting is that MSI haven't chosen to include a TV-Out port on the card. While not the end of the world, it was surprising to see it wasn't present.


Specifications

The MSI card carries with it stock clocks which puts the core at 750MHz and the 512MB of GDDR3 memory at 2000MHz. With that all said and done, let's have a quick look at our test bed and get stuck into the testing.

Test System Setup and 3DMark06


Test System Setup

Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3GHz (333MHz x 9)
Cooling: Corsair Nautilus500 (Supplied by Corsair) with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound (Supplied by Arctic Cooling)
Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Memory: 2 X 1GB Kingston PC6400 DDR-2 3-3-3-10 (KHX6400D2ULK2/2G) (Supplied by Kingston)
Hard Disk(s): Seagate 250GB 7200RPM SATA-2 7200.10 (Supplied by Seagate)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista SP1
Drivers: NVIDIA ForceWare 177.79 and Catalyst 8.9


Today we'll have a look at the MSI HD 4670 against the Sapphire offerings in both single and Crossfire form, while also including the NVIDIA 9500 GT.


3DMark06

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 110
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/
Buy It Here





3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests.

3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


As expected, our first test puts the MSI HD 4670 right next to the Sapphire offering.

Benchmarks - 3DMark Vantage


3DMark Vantage

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.1
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmarkvantage/
Buy It Here




3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware.

3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Increasing the intensity, we again see both cards perform extremely close to each other.

Benchmarks - PT Boats: Knights of the Sea


PT Boats: Knights of the Sea

Version and / or Patch Used: Benchmark Demo
Developer Homepage: http://en.akella.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.pt-boats.net/





PT Boats: Knights of the Sea is a naval action simulator that places gamers in charge of a mosquito fleet of the Allied Forces, Russia or Germany during the height of World War II.

Using the latest Direct X 10 technology PT Boards - Knights of the Sea manages to apply a lot of stress to the components of today which in turn gives us quite an intensive benchmark.


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Looking at PT Boats we continue to see both cards perform very close to each other.

Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10


CINEBENCH R10

Version and / or Patch Used: Release 10
Developer Homepage: http://www.maxon.net/
Product Homepage: http://www.maxon.net




CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer's performace capabilities. MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software, CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

MAXON CINEBENCH runs several tests on your computer to measure the performance of the main processor and the graphics card under real world circumstances. The benchmark application makes use of up to 16 CPUs or CPU cores and is available for Windows (32-bit and 64-Bit) and Macintosh (PPC and Intel-based).


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Under CINEBENCH we see all four cards perform very close to each other, with nothing really separating them.

Benchmarks - World in Conflict


World in Conflict

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0.5
Timedemo or Level Used: Built-in Test
Developer Homepage: http://www.massive.se
Product Homepage: http://www.worldinconflict.com





World in Conflict is a real-time strategy video game by Massive Entertainment and to be published by Sierra Entertainment for Windows (DX9 and DX10) and the Xbox 360.

The game is set in 1989 where economic troubles cripple the Soviet Union and threaten to dissolve it. However, the title pursues a "what if" scenario where, in this case, the Soviet Union does not collapse and instead pursues a course of war to remain in power. It is an intensive new game is sure to put plenty of stress on even the latest graphics cards and we use the built-in benchmarking for our testing.


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Like we've come to expect, both HD 4670 cards are performing extremely close to each other.

Benchmarks - Crysis


Crysis

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2.1
Timedemo or Level Used: Custom time demo
Developer Homepage: http://www.crytek.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.ea.com/crysis/
Buy It Here





From the makers of Far Cry, Crysis offers FPS fans the best-looking, most highly-evolving gameplay, requiring the player to use adaptive tactics and total customization of weapons and armor to survive in dynamic, hostile environments including Zero-G.

Real time editing, bump mapping, dynamic lights, network system, integrated physics system, shaders, shadows and a dynamic music system are just some of the state of-the-art features the CryENGINE 2 offers. The CryENGINE 2 comes complete with all of its internal tools and also includes the CryENGINE 2 Sandbox world editing system.


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Checking out the intensive Crysis, we see the two HD 4670 cards again perform very close to each other.

Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3


Unreal Tournament 3

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1
Timedemo or Level Used:
Developer Homepage: http://www.epicgames.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.unrealtournament3.com/
Buy It Here





Following the formulae that made Unreal Tournament so great the third installment to the series has hit us recently with better than ever graphics. The games uses the latest Unreal Engine which like most modern day games when maxed out puts the pressure on our lineup of graphics cards.


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


UT3 paints a similar picture which we've seen all along with the two HD 4670 cards performing almost identically to each other.

Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF


High Quality AA and AF

Our high quality tests let us separate the men from the boys and the ladies from the girls. If the cards weren't struggling before they will start to now.


3DMark06

MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Turning on AA and AF, we find the MSI and Sapphire cards again performing very close to each other.


World In Conflict

MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


With AA and AF turned on under WIC we find both cards score exactly the same.

Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - XP


3DMark06

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 110
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/
Buy It Here





3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests.

3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Moving to XP we can see in our first test the two cards again perform right on top of each other.

Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10 - XP


CINEBENCH R10

Version and / or Patch Used: Release 10
Developer Homepage: http://www.maxon.net/
Product Homepage: http://www.maxon.net




CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer's performace capabilities. MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software, CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

MAXON CINEBENCH runs several tests on your computer to measure the performance of the main processor and the graphics card under real world circumstances. The benchmark application makes use of up to 16 CPUs or CPU cores and is available for Windows (32-bit and 64-Bit) and Macintosh (PPC and Intel-based).


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Under CINIEBENCH we can see the HD 4670 setups perform very close to each other, but this time the 9500 GT falls to the back of the pack.

Benchmarks - World in Conflict - XP


World in Conflict

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0.5
Timedemo or Level Used: Built-in Test
Developer Homepage: http://www.massive.se
Product Homepage: http://www.worldinconflict.com




World in Conflict is a real-time strategy video game by Massive Entertainment and to be published by Sierra Entertainment for Windows (DX9 and DX10) and the Xbox 360.

The game is set in 1989 where economic troubles cripple the Soviet Union and threaten to dissolve it. However, the title pursues a "what if" scenario where, in this case, the Soviet Union does not collapse and instead pursues a course of war to remain in power. It is an intensive new game is sure to put plenty of stress on even the latest graphics cards and we use the built-in benchmarking for our testing.

MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


We again under WIC see the two cards perform almost identical to each other.

Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3 - XP


Unreal Tournament 3

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1
Timedemo or Level Used:
Developer Homepage: http://www.epicgames.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.unrealtournament3.com/
Buy It Here





Following the formulae that made Unreal Tournament so great the third installment to the series has hit us recently with better than ever graphics. The games uses the latest Unreal Engine which like most modern day games when maxed out puts the pressure on our lineup of graphics cards.


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Finally we finish our game testing with Unreal Tournament 3 which leaves us with a pretty much expected result of both cards performing very similar to each other.

Temperature & Sound Tests


Temperature Tests



With the TES 1326 Infrared Thermometer literally in hand we found ourselves getting real-world temperatures from the products we test at load (3D clock speeds).

There are two places we pull temperature from - the back of the card directly behind the core and if the card is dual slot and has an exhaust point we also pull a temperate from there, as seen in the picture.


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


We can see when it comes to checking out the temperature of the cards, the copper based cooler from MSI does an excellent job of keeping temps down.


Sound Tests



Pulling out the TES 1350A Sound Level Meter we find ourselves quickly yelling into the top of it to see how loud we can be.

After five minutes of that we get a bit more serious and place the device two CM away from the fan on the card to find the maximum noise level of the card when idle (2D mode) and in load (3D mode).


Zotac 9800 GTX+ Zone


We can also see that due to the slightly larger fan, noise levels are also slightly down.

Power Consumption Tests






Using our new PROVA Power Analyzer WM-01 or "Power Thingy" as it has become quickly known as to our readers, we are now able to find out what kind of power is being used by our test system and the associated graphics cards installed. Keep in mind; it tests the complete system (minus LCD monitor, which is plugged directly into AC wall socket).

There are a few important notes to remember though; while our maximum power is taken in 3DMark06 at the same exact point, we have seen in particular tests the power being drawn as much as 10% more. We test at the exact same stage every time; therefore tests should be very consistent and accurate.

The other thing to remember is that our test system is bare minimum - only a 7,200RPM SATA-II single hard drive is used without CD ROM or many cooling fans.

So while the system might draw 400 watts in our test system, placing it into your own PC with a number of other items, the draw is going to be higher.


MSI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card


Power draw between the two HD 4670 cards is very similar, as we expected.

Final Thoughts




The HD 4670 is an impressive card; it offers some good numbers for a mid-range card while being competitive on the price front. With the MSI HD 4670 coming clocked in at default speeds, it's no surprise that the performance of the card is extremely similar to the Sapphire option.

Fortunately, the card is not just a copy cat, though; the cooler that MSI have opted for, while being dual slot, is nothing short of fantastic and helps keeps temps way down. It also manages to be slightly quieter than the cooler that Sapphire has chosen due to the fact that MSI have gone for a bigger fan that spins slower.

Where MSI have disappointed us is in the package department; the quiet cooler and excellent cooling performance would have made it a great companion for a HTPC, but the lack of TV-Out or included HDMI connector means that it's really not an option.

The MSI HD 4670 is a good card, but with a few extras it could have been great. We're sure that MSI will probably make more variations of the card and hopefully the HDMI connectivity is something they look at.

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