NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Round-Up Review - HotHardware

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Round-Up Review

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Before bringing this article to a close, we'd like to cover a few final data points--namely power consumption, temperatures and noise. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored acoustics and tracked how much power our test system was consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give you an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling and also while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the graphics cards alone.

Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the Outlet

The new GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards are relatively power friendly in comparison to the other high-end graphics cards we tested. Despite having different GPU and memory clocks, coolers, and PCBs, the four GTX 660 Ti cards we tested all consumed about the same amount of power, give or take a few watts. Idle power consumption was similar across the board, but generally speaking, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards (and the stock 7950) were the least power hungry under load.

Due to their relatively low power consumption (in comparison to the higher-end cards), the GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards we tested didn't pump out exorbitant amounts of heat. However, we still spent some time monitoring temperatures and comparing the performance of the various coolers used on the cards. As you can see in the chart above, the Gigabyte offering ran the coolest, under both idle and load conditions, followed by the MSI card. ZOTAC's AMP! Edition came next and EVGA's card, with its reference NVIDIA cooler, trailed.

In terms of their noise output, we'd consider all four of the cards we tested to be relatively quiet. At idle, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards could not be heard over our test system's PSU fan and CPU cooler. Under load, the fans on each card do spin up and generate and audible whir, but they were by no means loud.

Although the numbers aren't comparable due to the differences in the fans and coolers used on all of the cards, we checked to see how fast the fans would ultimately spin with the GPUs under load. The EVGA and Gigabyte cards' fans peaked at the 52% mark, ZOTAC's hit 59%, and MSI's only 41%. It appears MSI was very conservative with the fan speed profile on their card.
 

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Do you think it'd be worth it to slap this thing along side a Q6600, or is my processor just too much of a bottleneck at this point? I'm currently running a GTX 470. Still runs like a dream for any console port, but for the more recent PC exclusives or recent ports that have PC exclusive features it's starting to show its age.

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You may be CPU limited in some circumstances, but you'd end up with lower power consumption and a cooler / quieter system. The extra graphics performance would also let you run at higher resolutions with better image quality settings as well.

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Things are getting really competitive at the top end of the gpu wars. The performance of the 660 TI at $300 makes me wonder if the premium you pay for a 670 or 680 is worth it?

Now I guess we'll be waiting for the 650 to come out. That should really heat things up as I am guessing it will cost ~$200, the meat & potatoes of the gpu world.

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Saw an nvidia rep talking about this recenlty, it seems like a really solid drive but I feel like to get true power you would need to SLI it.

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Still probably going to go for the GTX 670 so future I can SLI it :/ Could be done with the 660Ti too but if the funds are there why not?

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How can Battlefield 3 be left out? :/ If there's one game to test it's BF3...it's the most advanced game AND is vendor neutral.

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I just prefer to use tests that are easily repeatable and consistent from run to run, not only by me, but anyone reading. BF3 is awesome, but any tests we'd do, may not jibe with others, or a reader trying to see how their system compares, etc.

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YAY! Been waiting on this one!

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Its nice for entry level gaming for my son. If i have a choice i would get a 670 by zotac.

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Although its more expensive than originally expected, the 660Ti is still an AMAZING Bang-for-your-buck card that will continue to be worth every cent you payed, for a very, very long time.

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