|MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Thursday, 16 August 2012|
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Closer Look: MSI N660Ti Power Edition
The brightly colored box of the N660Ti Power Edition calls out most of its features, although "OC Edition" probably doesn't mean much to most people. The "triple voltage" and "enhanced PWM design" give you some clue as to the special nature of the card. The top of the box is actually a Velcro-attached flap that opens to show a window into the box, highlighting the card, and also reveals lots of extra surface area for marketing talk.
Accesories comprise a user's guide, a manual, a DVI to VGA converter, a driver and utilities disk, and two Molex to 6-pin PCI-E power adapters. Missing in this early production board's accessories was an SLI bridge, but one will be included with retail boards.
MSI's venerable Twin Frozr cooler makes another appearance here. This version has four heat pipes and two 80mm fans. As with the N680GTX Lightning, the fans initially spin backwards at power-on to help dislodge any dust buildup. The very tall fan shroud partially blocks access to one of the SLI connectors on top of the card; previous cards using this design included an extra-long SLI bridge to work around this.
The top of the card is home to the standard two SLI connectors (with blue plastic protective covers in this image) and two 6-pin PCI-E power connectors. Unlike the N680GTX Lightning, there is no switchable BIOS, and thus no BIOS switch.
The back of the card lacks the stabilizing and protective metal backplate its big brother sports. Oddly, two of the card's eight Hynix GDDR5 memory chips are mounted on the back, visible in this photo near the PCI-E connector at the bottom of the card.
Let's take a closer look at this card in the next section.