|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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GeForce GTX 660 Ti Final Thoughts
It is, seriously, a great time to be a PC gamer. While the console market struggles with six and seven year old hardware whose graphics performance would seem more suited to a modern tablet, the new crop of PC video cards brings staggering performance and thrifty power usage at increasingly low prices to the PC gamer. The price and performance war between AMD's Radeon cards and NVIDIA's GeForce cards has resulted in a $300 GPU that can run almost all modern games at 1080P resolution with all the in-game settings at maximum.
And although MSI's enhanced cards are typically expensive, you can have the N660Ti Power Edition, with its fancy cooler and adjustable voltages for GPU, memory, and PLL circuitry, for a mere $10 premium over the $299.99 price NVIDIA thinks most 660-based cards will sell for.
Two things impressed me about this card: one, it's very, very quiet, even under maximum load. While the fans were clearly audible when set at a fixed 60% or higher for the overclocking runs, at stock speeds with the fans control on "Auto" I couldn't get them to spin up audibly at all. Admittedly, this was on an open test bed, and it's probably going to be warmer inside your case...but your case will also muffle some of the noise that's produced. Let's just say I would be surprised were this card's fans ever audible. Second, the performance is simply amazing. The GK104 GPU of this card is identical to the one used in the GTX670, with the only difference being a 192-bit wide path to memory instead of a 256-bit wide path.
What this means is the lowest cost per FPS in virtually every one of these tests (the 7950 has a slight edge at stock clock speeds in two of the tests). Overclocked, it's no contest. And of course pure FPS isn't the only thing to keep in mind: as a Kepler-based card, the N660Ti benefits from NVIDIA's adaptive vSync and TXAA motion anti-aliasing features, both of which result in a smoother, visually superior gaming experience.
Unless you're running multiple screens or 3D systems, it's hard to see why anyone would need more video card than this.