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Six GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics cards: ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI and Zotac

A review of six GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics cards

If you're looking for a GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics card you have plenty to choose from. We previously reviewed the graphics cards from ASUS, EVGA and MSI, and now Gigabyte and Zotac sent us their versions as well. See also: How to choose a graphics card.

On August 16, Nvidia introduced the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, a new type of graphics card based on the same GK104 GPU as the faster GeForce GTX 670 and 680, but more affordable with prices around £250-£270. Initially Nvidia positioned the card against AMD's Radeon HD 7870. After some smart moves on the part of AMD and a higher price for the Nvidia card, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is now is the direct competitor of the Radeon HD 7950. It's time for a six-card round-up to see which GTX 660 Ti comes out on top.

If you're looking for a GeForce GTX 660 Ti, you have plenty to choose from. Hardware.Info previously reviewed the graphics cards from ASUS, EVGA and MSI, and now Gigabyte and Zotac submitted their versions as well. It's time for a six-card round-up to see which one comes out on top.

On August 16, Nvidia introduced the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, a new type of graphics card based on the same GK104 GPU as the faster GeForce GTX 670 and 680, but more affordable with prices around £250-£270. Initially Nvidia positioned the card against AMD's Radeon HD 7870. After some smart moves on the part of AMD and a higher price for the Nvidia card, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is now is the direct competitor of the Radeon HD 7950. They cost about the same and are about equally powerful judging from the benchmark results.

This review focuses on purely the differences between the six cards, for more in-depth information about the hardware, please read the original GeForce GTX 660 Ti review

ASUS provide the GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II Top. It has a GTX 680 PCB and the familiar DirectCU II cooler, which has two fans and three 8mm heatpipes that transfer heat to a hefty heatsink. The black cooler with red accents looks sharp, and fits nicely with ASUS' own Republic of Gamers motherboards. Like the other cards, ASUS includes two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort connector. A steel bracket on the edge of the PCB adds sturdiness. ASUS also sent the the non-Top version called the ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2-2GD5, it has the standard clock frequencies but also comes with ASUS' special cooler.

EVGA sent the GeForce GTX 660 Ti Superclocked, a card that's based on the standard PCB design of the GeForce GTX 670 and equipped with a wind tunnel cooler. It has a fan on the back that blows air through a heatsink out of the chassis.

Gigabyte submitted the OC version of its GeForce GTX 660 Ti. Again this is card with higher clock frequencies, with 1033 MHz for the GPU and a Boost frequency of 1111 MHz. That puts it on the same level as Zotac's card, and little below ASUS' Top card. Gigabyte employed its own WindForce cooler, which consists of an aluminium heatsink with 8 mm heatpipes and two fans. The cooler is quite open compared to the closed coolers of the ASUS and MSI cards.

The MSI card in this test is the N660Ti Power Edition 2GD5/OC. It comes with a TwinFrozr IV cooler with four heatpipes (two 8mm) and two fans. Like ASUS and Gigabyte, MSI based the card on a GTX 680 PCB. MSI raised the GPU clock frequencies to 1019 MHz with a 1097 MHz boost clock, slightly lower than ASUS, Gigabyte and Zotac.

The last card in this round-up is the Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Ti AMP! Edition. AMP! means higher clock frequencies, with the GPU running at 1033 MHz and a 1111 MHz boost clock. The memory clock frequency is unchanged, like on the other five cards. Zotac used its own cooler, consisting of two orange fans and a heatsink with three normal heatpipes. Zotac used a smaller PCB, which makes the card shorter than the others.

To see all of the benchmark results and to find out which card came out victorious, read the full review on Hardware.Info.

GeForce GTX 660 cards reviewed

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