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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: Battlefield 3

In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the Elite U.S. Marines. As the first boots on the ground, players will experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York. As a U.S. Marine in the field, periods of tension and anticipation are punctuated by moments of complete chaos. As bullets whiz by, walls crumble, and explosions force players to the grounds, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before.

The graphics engine behind Battlefield 3 is called Frostbite 2, which delivers realistic global illumination lighting along with dynamic destructible environments. The game uses a hardware terrain tessellation method that allows a high number of detailed triangles to be rendered entirely on the GPU when near the terrain. This allows for a very low memory footprint and relies on the GPU alone to expand the low res data to highly realistic detail.

Using Fraps to record frame rates, our Battlefield 3 benchmark test uses a three-minute capture on the 'Secure Parking Lot' stage of Operation Swordbreaker. Relative to the online multiplayer action, these frame rate results are nearly identical to daytime maps with the same video settings.

  • Battlefield 3
    • 90 degree field of view, all graphics "Ultra", 180-second FRAPS scene

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Cost Analysis: Battlefield 3 (1920x1200)

  • $389.99 XFX Radeon 7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation costs $7.53 per FPS
  • $469.99 XFX Radeon 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation costs $8.06 per FPS
  • $399.99 GeForce GTX 670 costs $5.38 per FPS
  • $499.99 GeForce GTX 680 $7.49 per FPS
  • $309.99 MSRP MSI N660Ti Power Edition costs $5.44 per FPS.
  • $309.99 MSRP MSI N660Ti Power Edition overclocked costs $4.81 per FPS.
  • Test Summary: The surprise here is the high score returned by the reference design GTX670 at 1920x1200. As multiple reviews have shown, the 670 frequently performs almost as well as a 680, but this score even beats the Lightning, so I'm inclined to dismiss it as an error...although the frame rates I recorded over multiple runs were consistent. The 660Ti acquits itself well here, though, beating both Radeon cards.

    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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