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Written by David Ramsey   
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video Card
Closer Look: MSI N660Ti Power Edition
N660Ti PE Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX11: 3DMark11
DX11: F1 2010
DX11: Batman: Arkham City
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 3.0
DX11: Battlefield 3
Temperature and Power Consumption
MSI N660Ti PE Overclocking
GTX 660 Ti Final Thoughts
MSI N660Ti PE Conclusion

DX11: Metro 2033

Metro 2033 is an action-oriented video game with a combination of survival horror, and first-person shooter elements. The game is based on the novel Metro 2033 by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was developed by 4A Games in Ukraine and released in March 2010 for Microsoft Windows. Metro 2033 uses the 4A game engine, developed by 4A Games. The 4A Engine supports DirectX-9, 10, and 11, along with NVIDIA PhysX and GeForce 3D Vision.

The 4A engine is multi-threaded in such that only PhysX had a dedicated thread (although PhysX is disabled for this test), and uses a task-model without any pre-conditioning or pre/post-synchronizing, allowing tasks to be done in parallel. The 4A game engine can utilize a deferred shading pipeline, and uses tessellation for greater performance, and also has HDR (complete with blue shift), real-time reflections, color correction, film grain and noise, and the engine also supports multi-core rendering.

Metro 2033 features superior volumetric fog, double PhysX precision, object blur, sub-surface scattering for skin shaders, parallax mapping on all surfaces and greater geometric detail with a less aggressive LODs. Using PhysX, the engine uses many features such as destructible environments, and cloth and water simulations, and particles that can be fully affected by environmental factors.

  • Metro 2033
    • DirectX 11, Very High quality, 4xAA, 16xAF, tessellation, DOF, "Frontline" scene, no PhysX

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NVIDIA has been diligently working to promote Metro 2033, and for good reason: it is the most demanding PC video game we've ever tested. When their flagship GeForce GTX 580 struggles to produce 26 FPS at 1920x1200 with DirectX-11 anti-aliasing turned two to its lowest setting, you know that only the strongest graphics processors will generate playable frame rates. All our tests disable advanced PhysX options.

Cost Analysis: Metro 2033 (1920x1080)

  • $389.99 XFX Radeon 7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation costs $11.44 per FPS
  • $469.99 XFX Radeon 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation costs $13.28 per FPS
  • $399.99 GeForce GTX 670 costs $13.75 per FPS
  • $499.99 GeForce GTX 680 $16.72 per FPS
  • $309.99 MSRP MSI N660Ti Power Edition costs $12.97 per FPS.
  • $309.99 MSRP MSI N660Ti Power Edition overclocked costs $11.35 per FPS.
  • Test Summary: There's no doubt that this is a very demanding game. What Crysis was to top-end video cards a few years ago, Metro 2033 is now, with even the strongest single-GPU cards struggling to break 30 frames per second at 1920x1080. And note that this is with PhysX features turned off! The Radeon cards dominate here, which must be embarrassing to NVIDIA since they showcased the game for their cards when it was introduced. And at last one card-- the XFX Radeon 7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation-- beats the N660Ti Power Edition in the dollar per frame per second race.

    Graphics Card Radeon HD 7950 Radeon HD 7970 GeForce GTX670 GeForce GTX680 MSI N660Ti Power Edition
    GPU Cores 1792 2048 1344 1536 1536
    Core Clock (MHz) 900 925 915 (boost 980) 1006 (boost 1058) 1019 (boost 1097)
    Memory Clock (MHz) 1375 1425 1502 1502 1502
    Memory Amount 3GB GDDR5 3GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit



     

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    # Good To See,...RealNeil 2012-08-16 07:08
    Usually when something comes out that waxes the competition's offerings, we see prices come down. I wonder it this 660Ti series of cards is going to influence prices on the Radeon side?
    Good read, and now it's official, I want one (or two) of them.
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    # RE: Good To See,...David Ramsey 2012-08-16 07:37
    Well, that's what we saw when the GTX 670/680 were introduced: immediate AMD price drops.
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    # RE: MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video CardJohn Lauro 2012-08-16 19:12
    As those are dual link dvi, could you support 6 monitors (assuming only 1920x1200 or less and not 2560x1600 on the dvi ports)?
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    # RE: MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video CardDavid Ramsey 2012-08-16 19:37
    A dual-link DVI port has the bandwidth to support resolutions higher than 1920x1200. You can't run two monitors off a dual-link port, so the answer to your question is "No."
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    # RE: RE: MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video Cardhcforde 2012-08-17 19:51
    There are splitters that can be used to expand to 2 monitors for DVI and another type of splitter for Display Ports. The Display Port ones are a bit pricy because it is a bit more sophisticated. One I saw went to 2 dp monitors and the other went to 2 DVI monitors. Max res was 1920*1200 for both
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    # RE: RE: RE: MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video CardDavid Ramsey 2012-08-17 21:21
    You know that DVI splitters will only provide the same image to two different monitors, right?
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    # RE: RE: RE: RE: MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video CardJohn Lauro 2012-08-17 21:44
    A cheap splitter that is true, but if you use something like the matrox TripleHead2Go ##matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/th2go/digital/ you will get the hir-res image spread over multiple monitors where each lower-res monitor displays a different portion.
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    # RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video CardDavid Ramsey 2012-08-17 21:48
    Interesting. I was unfamiliar with that product.
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    # RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video Cardhcforde 2012-08-18 03:47
    On the cheap ones you can extend the desktop over the 2 monitors and also have 2 distinct displays.
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    # RE: MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video CardDoug Dallam 2012-08-16 20:39
    Only thing to say here: 22nm kicks the lama's ass. Getting close to a disruption in Moore's Law, unless we can find a way to get over silicon.
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    # RE: MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video CardJohn Lauro 2012-08-18 06:03
    Are you sure you are not thinking of a DMS-59 connector to dual DVI or VGA? It looks similar to a dual link DVI connector but is a little wider and doesn't have the cross on the side, just dense pins.
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    # RE: RE: MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video Cardhcforde 2012-08-18 19:38
    I have used both. The Nvidia NVS series of cards uses the DMS-59.
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    # RE: MSI GTX 660-Ti Power Edition Video Cardjhs 2013-02-17 06:59
    msi n660 twin frozr and msi n660 ti power edition. Which between this 2 is better? and how much is the different?
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