NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Round-Up Review - HotHardware

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Round-Up Review

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How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Asus P9X79 Deluxe motherboard powered by a Core i7-3960X six-core processor and 16GB of G.SKILL DDR3-1866 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system UEFI and set all values to their "optimized" or "high performance" default settings and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The memory's X.M.P. profile was enabled to ensure better-than-stock performance and the hard drive was then formatted and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete we fully updated the OS and installed the latest DirectX redist, along with the drivers, games, and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-3960X
(3.3GHz, Six-Core)
Asus P9X79 Deluxe
(Intel X79 Express)

Radeon HD 7950 (w/ Boost)
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
GeForce GTX 680
GeForce GTX 670
MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition
Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Ti AMP!
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC
Gigabyte GTX 660 Ti Windforce OC

Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX April 2011 Redist
ATI Catalyst v12.7B
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v304.48

Benchmarks Used:

Unigine Heaven v3
3DMark 11
Batman: Arkham City
Just Cause 2
Alien vs. Predator
Metro 2033
Lost Planet 2
Dirt: Showdown

Unigine Heaven v3.0 Benchmark
Pseudo-DirectX 11 Gaming

Unigine Heaven v3.0

Unigine's Heaven Benchmark v3.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform, real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion) It also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.

The new GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards we tested performed well in the Unigine Heaven benchmark. With the extreme settings we use for testing, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards have no trouble outpacing the Radeon HD 7950 (with or without Boost) and flirt with the numbers put up by the Radeon HD 7970.

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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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