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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

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.

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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.



 

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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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