|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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MSI N660Ti PE Conclusion
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This card's standout performance was amazing. In some tests it's faster than cards that cost $100 to $200 more, and on a dollar-per-FPS basis there's really no comparison. NVIDIA's biggest problem with this card is that it will make even those who can easily afford a GTX670 wonder whether it's worth it to spend the extra money.
I find the blue and black color scheme of this card easier on the eyes than the yellow and black shroud of MSI's N680GTX Lightning. If you have an MSI motherboard, all the better, since you'll be color co-ordinated.
The construction quality of the card is very good, and it seems that vendors are finally learning how to apply thermal paste. My one complaint here is that the cooler plate only cools four of the eight GDDR5 memory chips.
Feature-wise, the N660Ti Power Edition has the same video goodness that's baked into any Kepler card: adaptive vSync, TXAA anti-aliasing, PhysX support, and more. MSI's dust-removing cooler and voltage control sweeten the deal.
The accessories bundle is basic but functional. My review card was missing the SLI bridge that will be included with retail cards, but everything else was there.
I'm used to high-performance video cards falling down at the value proposition. To get that last few FPS often requires that you pay a substantial premium. But the N660Ti provides exceptional performance, very close to that of the reference GTX670, for $90 less, and that's a huge win in anyone's book.
Overclocking unlocked some extra performance, but let's face it: you're probably not going to need it. Of all the games I tested, the card fell below 30FPS at the highest resolution only in Metro 2033 at stock settings. Two of these babies in SLI might provide performance superior to that of MSI's own $600 N680GTX Lightning for only $20 more, and that's something to think about.
+ Custom PCB with enhanced power circuitry
- Only half of the memory chips covered by cooling plate
Final Score: 9.35 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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