NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660Ti Graphics Card


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There's a new graphics card in town - the GTX 660Ti. Reviews are flooding in, a selection of which are below:

"NVIDIA are ready to launch their latest 600 series GPU, the GTX 660 Ti and we have three factory overclocked models on our test bench today. First up is the EVGA SuperClocked, then the Palit JetStream and finally the Zotac AMP! We will put each up against overclocked versions of the GTX 670, 7950, 7870 and 560 Ti (448) in a selection of real world gaming tests including Max Payne 3 and Battlefield 3 to see where the GTX 660 Ti fits in."
Hardware Heaven have cards from Palit, Zotac and EVGA.

"The newest member of NVIDIA's GeForce Kepler family is also its most important. The new GeForce GTX 660 Ti launched today, targets a cost-performance sweet-spot, with its US $299 reference price. What makes this price-point of particular importance to GPU makers is that graphics cards priced around it compete directly with premium game console bundles from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 lines, transforming ordinary desktop PCs to lean and mean gaming monstrosities. By NVIDIA's own statistics, PCs are growing as a gaming platform, and the $299 price-point is one of its prime-movers."
Tech Power Up have separately reviewed the cards from Zotac, Palit, ASUS and MSI.

"Today, as they say, is a new day. NVIDIA pulls the wrappings off of their latest in the Kepler line, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti. Once again NVIDIA hearkens back to the GeForce 3 and GeForce 4 lines from eleven years ago (has it really been that long?) with the Ti designation. The GeForce GTX 660 Ti slots itself below the GeForce GTX 670 in the Kepler performance hierarchy. It is designed to be the performance per dollar sweet spot that many of you have been clamoring for."
Legit Reviews have taken a look at cards from ASUS, EVGA and MSI.

Other reviews are available at Pure Overclock, Hardware Secrets, eTeknix, and Hot Hardware.
 
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Another good looking 2GB graphics card hitting the market. You will see this starting to become the norm now. ;)

Heres a few more from Guru 3D. :)

Palit GeForce GTX 660 Ti Jetstream

Palit joins in as well at launch day with their GeForce GTX 660 Ti JetStream edition. The JetStream series has grown quite popular when released with the GTX 680 series. These had this new 3-slot cooler that looked huge, but was impressive .. very impressive. The GTX 660 Ti again has been equipped with a JetStream series cooler yet which remains a 3-slot design. How much size matter we'll leave up-to you to decide. It woks great though, seated onto the custom Palit PCB it remains totally quiet and keep the temperatures under 70 Degrees C at full gaming load. Palit is using a small PCB but, so small that the cooler extends itself outside the PCB area.

Much like all models we have tested to date, this is a factory overclocked model. It runs at a core clock frequency of 1006 MHz, has a boost frequency of 1085 MHz and the effective memory data rate (192-bit) is 6108 MHz. So while the GPU clock is a little lower then your average factory overclocked model, the memory frequency has been boosted a little to compensate.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/palit-geforce-gtx-660-ti-jetstream-review/


MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power Editon OC

MSI is going strong again with their own custom PCB design for the all new GTX 660 Ti. That custom PCB is once again loaded with their Military class III component selection and as such they have made a product that impresses just by looking at it. It feels strong and sturdy, nothing is bendy or fragile. The Power Edition as tested today comes with a factory overclock of 1020 MHz and 1098 MHz on the boost clock. Coming from 920 MHz GPU / 980 MHz Boost clock frequency based on the reference design, it certainly helps. The effective memory data rate (192-bit) remains clocked at a reference 6008 MHz.

The Power edition also comes with MSI Afterburner that supports Triple overvolting. Mind you that GPU voltage limitation is set at a maximum of +100 Mv on all cards that you will see, this is set and regulated by NVIDIA. Triple over volting also allows you to tweak memory and auxiliary voltages.

The card is cooled by the nice TwinFrozr IV cooler which keep the card at roughly 65 Degrees C under normal game stress conditions and proper cooling inside your chassis. TwinFrozr IV embeds two 8cm PWM fans tied to nice thick heatpipes. The card remains silent during gaming. Oh embedded here as well is the new dust removal technology, at boot up your fans will spin reversed for a little while, trying to dump residual dust.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-660-ti-power-editon-oc-review/


Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti Windforce OC

Gigabyte has an offering that you'll recognize, the release the product with their Ultra Durable technology that entails a 2oz copper PCB, Tier 1 memory, Japanese Solid Capacitors and ferrite core / metal chokes.

You'll notice a simplified cooling version of their WindForce series cooler. Quite a bit larger then the PCB but, as always it works out well, it was one of the most silent cards we have tested. Gigabyte calls this model cooler the WindForce anti-turbulence cooler, so much for the marketing ;)

You'll notice that the SKU is tagged under codename GV-N66TOC-2GD. The codename already reveals it, this is the factory overclocked model. It runs at a core clock frequency of 1033 MHz, has a boost frequency of 1110 MHz and the effective memory data rate (192-bit) is 6008 MHz.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-660-ti-windforce-oc-review/
 

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Another good review from Pcper.com....

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Kepler Graphics Card Review

While NVIDIA doesn't like us to use the codenames anymore, very few GPUs are as flexible and as stout as the GK104. Originally released with the GTX 680 and then with the dual-GPU beast known as the GTX 690 and THEN with the more modestly priced GTX 670, this single chip has caused AMD quite a few headaches. It appears things will only be worse with the release of the new GeForce GTX 660 Ti today, once again powered by GK104 and the Kepler architecture at the $299 price point.

While many PC gamers lament about the lack of games that really push hardware today, NVIDIA has been promoting the GTX 660 Ti as the upgrade option of choice for gamers on a 2 -4 year cycle. Back in 2008 the GTX 260 was the mid-range enthusiast option while in 2010 it was the GTX 470 based on Fermi. NVIDIA claims GTX 260 users will see more than 3x the performance increase with the 660 Ti all while generating those pixels more efficiently.
http://pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-660-Ti-2GB-Kepler-Graphics-Card-Review
 

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The pricing seems odd for this card. its ~£250. Another £40-£50 gets you a 670. Which if your spending this kind of money on a PC makes more sense. The 660Ti needs to be ~£220 tops me thinks.......
 

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Another great review, this time from Vortez.

Clearly, the GTX660Ti is a very good card. It cut through all of our benchmarks with ease at 1920x1080 resolutions. It even performed better than expected at 2560x1600 but as with most mid-range cards this resolution sometimes proves too much for the card to adequately handle at playable framerates - at least enjoyable ones! The GTX660Ti managed to often surpass not only it's direct competitor, the AMD HD7870 but also the HD7950 too which is no easy task. The GTX660Ti, like the more powerful GTX670 and GTX680s begins to falter as the resolutions and filters are increased with the lead diminishing or even vanishing completely. To be fair to NVIDIA, they are aiming the card to perform at today's most popular resolution of 1920x1080 and it does this very well indeed.

The ZOTAC card we had on review today was very quiet thanks to the double fans and copper heatpiped heatsink which kept temperatures (even when overclocked) under control. It wasn't totally quiet though and as with most phonic testing, sound/volume is subjective but I would claim you would struggle to hear it under load above moderate speed case fans.

My only concern is the price. At £265 the GTX660Ti isn't far from the superior GTX670 and again, quite closely priced to AMD's HD7950. While the GTX660Ti can hold its own against the HD7950 at 1920x1080 resolutions, the extra GB of RAM and faster memory controller on the AMD card may prove to be the better buy for those running at higher resolutions. NVIDIA pitch the GTX660Ti against the HD7870 though, and as we have shown, the GTX660Ti is the faster card by a fair margin so it is 'job done' in that respect.

Overall then, it is hard to fault the GTX660Ti. Unless you are looking to pair the card with a 30" monitor it is unlikely you will struggle in any of today's games and if you crave even more power in the future then NVIDIA have added tri/quad SLI (motherboard dependent) support. With this in mind, I have no hesitations of awarding the ZOTAC GTX660Ti our Silver award - taking into consideration the price/performance ratio you will be hard pushed to find a faster graphics card at this price point for today's most popular resolution.

Pros:
- Kepler Architecture
- Factory Overclocked
- Quiet
- Comparatively cool
- Free Borderlands 2 game

Cons:
- Begins to struggle at the highest resolutions
- Cost
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/zotac_gtx660ti_amp_edition_review,1.html
 
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