NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660 Ti 2GB Reference Video Card Review
The fact that we're doing this right now, bringing another NVIDIA review to you before the GPU is released, is not a shock to us. You know where most of our information comes from for NVIDIA video cards these days? The same place most of our readers get it from; the internet! Of course we get some information from partners, but even they're quite often kept in the dark.
The one thing I could've told you, though, was the second we got our hands on a GTX 660 Ti, we were going to start testing the card straight away. Even if NVIDIA wanted to work with us on this video card launch, we would've said no. Not because we're trying to be difficult, but because NVIDIA simply don't have enough respect towards us to support us on the high-end models and choose to only come out and play with us on the mid-range and lower ones. This is obvious by the fact we still haven't tested a GTX 690.
We're actually expecting retail versions of the GTX 660 Ti to start coming in, but out of respect to the partners that we like, we will follow the imaginary launch date that doesn't really exist to us. That doesn't stop us from having a play with a video card that came to us literally tonight. That is a video card that arrived with no package, no bundle - just the card and a driver CD. Just like the GTX 670, though, we reviewed this video card from a company's R&D department and while the cooler design is new to us, when the model officially launches, it would be obvious who sent the sample. For that reason we have to refrain from pictures of the video card again. To be honest, though, we feel that people care more about the results than they do the look.
The card we're looking at today carries with it the default clock speeds we'll see on reference clocked GTX 660 Ti based cards and that's what we'll be testing at today. The bottom line is we don't want to bite the hand that feeds us, and for that reason, we don't want to do anything that can give away who sent the card to us. While we're happy for NVIDIA to winge at us, we don't want them winging at the people who give us the ability to do this.
There's not a whole lot we can do today when it comes to showing the card. We will, though, check out the (edited) GPU-Z screenshot and quickly cover the clock speed side of things before we take a closer look at the testbed we're using and the cards we'll be using in our graphs today. Once we've done that it's just straight into the performance side of things.
Quickly, though, before we get into the specifications. It's important to know that here at TweakTown we have no problems respecting NDAs. We've signed more than we can count over the years and followed every one of them as best as possible. Like most websites, we've made the odd mistake when it comes to translating the time to our locale, but content has always been removed when that's happened. What we're doing here today isn't breaking an NDA for the simple reason we don't have one. If you're a website and you have a problem with that, take it up with NVIDIA - don't complain to us about it. What we're doing is essentially breaking "street date". Fortunately 99% of our readership loves that and that's good enough for us. So let's get into the specifications of the GTX 660 Ti.
Looking below we can see the main specifications. Looking at the core you can see we've got a 915MHz clock that is boosted to 980MHz. Looking below you can see we're dealing with 1344 CUDA cores and while not shown, we're on a 28nm GPU.
On the memory side of things we're dealing with 2GB of GDDR5 that comes clocked in at 6008MHz DDR. Looking above you can see that we're sitting on a 192-bit memory bus offering a total of 144.2 GB/s bandwidth.
We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS and Corsair.
Above you can see our standard X79 video card testbed we've been using since late last year. With everything covered above let's get into the video cards we'll be using in our graphs here today before we get into the performance side of things to see what NVIDIA's new GEFORCE GTX 660 Ti is capable of achieving.
We'll be comparing the GTX 660 Ti reference model against a number of cards today to find out just how the new model sits. On the NVIDIA side of things we'll be looking how it goes against the older GTX 580 which was last generation's top-dog single GPU option. We'll also be seeing how it compares against its big brothers, the GTX 670 and GTX 680.
More importantly, though, we'll be checking out how it compares against the AMD line up of cards starting with the HD 7850 and HD 7870, which will be its main competition. Along with that, though, we've also got the HD 7950, HD 7970 and the new GHz Edition version of the HD 7970.
Let's get started!
The FPS Numbers Explained
When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.
30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.
60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.
120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.
Version and / or Patch Used: Latest Steam Update
Timedemo or Level Used: Built in Benchmark
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Mafia II performance is very strong across the board and we're again sitting at levels around the HD 7950 at the highest resolution while at the lower resolution we see numbers that line up with the higher end HD 7970. Across the board we see strong gains over the GTX 580 as well with a solid 72 FPS present at 2560 x 1600 in this instance.
All the details and much more on-
And i am sure anik brother is gonna upgrade soon.
Any luck finding the true price of 660ti?
No way. Just saw the news of worlds first 660ti review so posted it.
Originally Posted by Mohiuddin
Btw how much it faster than 7850? I cant see the whole review via my phone. .the benches came to small in my phone
Seems like gtx 660ti PWNED hd 7950s head!
Now what, 7950 ghz edition??
Awesome card. Very good performance.
But, that 192bit memory gives a big hit at high settings with aa.
Goodbye ATI. My next card GTX 660Ti OC.
Seems AMD has to lower the prices a couple of notches for the HD 78XX series or otherwise there's no way they can counter this.
GTX 670 is ~33k card. So be 100% sure that GTX660Ti should not exceed ~25k. ATI 7950 (along with 78xx) series are totally screwed.
Some numbers in that review didn't look right to me, I'm gonna get on a Desktop tomorrow to see if I can come up with a conspiracy theory :-|
isnt the gigabyte 670 40k... but the 660ti does seem promising... but like everyone, its the 192 bit bus i am worried abt... since there have been cards with 384 bus. its just sad.
Probably is legit, they did this before and the numbers were all correct.
Originally Posted by BFG9000
Great bang for the buck I must say. Two of these will be extreme value for the money. Almost makes me regret getting 670s.
Edit: I hate TT's method of benchmarking. The very last page with AA benches shows the true picture. Not as impressive when AA is enabled but still a great mid-range card.
Last edited by aayman; August 1st, 2012 at 03:18.
Yup, I can finally retire my GTX460. ^_^
wondering about the price...its a good chance for nvidia for bashing the amd in pricing....
With the games selected I think TT probably put nvidia in the most biased view possible......
Last edited by @nonymous™; August 1st, 2012 at 17:04.
i agree with @nonymous™ bro...
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and its price will be ~30k
Guys, super uber ultra bad news-
The article says those cards have 3gb gddr5 which is double the memory of reference model. Does that mean reference model will have only 1.5 gb? TweakTown review was BS? :'( :'(
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