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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

VGA Testing Methodology

The Microsoft DirectX-11 graphics API is native to the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, and will be the primary OS for our test platform. DX11 is also available as a Microsoft Update for the Windows Vista OS, so our test results apply to both versions of the operating system. All of the tests in this review were run with DX11 graphics.

According to the Steam hardware survey, as of December 2011 the most popular desktop resolution (for Steam users) is 1680x1050 pixels, with a 17.59% share, with 1920x1080 pixels coming in second with only 7.7%. I ran most tests at both 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 (I continue to prefer the 16:10 ratio of 1920x1200 to the mysteriously more popular 1920x1080 resolution).

I used a combination of synthetic and video game benchmark tests in this article to illustrate relative performance among graphics solutions. Our benchmark frame rate results are not intended to represent real-world graphics performance, as this experience would change based on supporting hardware and the perception of individuals playing the video game.

Overclocking: For each benchmark I've also included performance results from the card with the maximum overclock I was able to achieve. Details on overclocking follow the benchmarks.

DX11 Cost to Performance Ratio

For this article Benchmark Reviews has included cost per FPS for graphics performance results. Only the least expensive product price is calculated, and does not consider tax, freight, promotional offers, or rebates into the cost. All prices reflect product series components, and do not represent any specific manufacturer, model, or brand (except for the XFX cards). These retail prices for each product were obtained from NewEgg.com on 10-August-2012; since the MSI N660Ti Power Edition is not available at retail as of the time of this writing, I used MSI's suggested retail price of $309.99.

  • $374.99 XFX Radeon 7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation
  • $469.99 XFX Radeon 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation
  • $399.99 GeForce GTX 670
  • $499.99 GeForce GTX 680
  • $309.99 MSRP MSI N660Ti Power Edition

Intel Z77-Express Test System

  • Motherboard: Intel DZ77GA-70K
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K
  • System Memory: 8GB (2x4GB) Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3-1600, 9-9-9-27
  • Primary Drive: Western Digital Velociraptor 300G
  • Monitor: 27-Inch Widescreen LCD (up to 1920x1200@60Hz)

DirectX-11 Benchmark Applications

  • Aliens vs Predator
    • Very high textures, high shadows, tesselation, SSAO, advanced shadow sampling, 4x AA, 16x AF
  • 3DMark11
    • "Performance" settings (1280x720)
  • Lost Planet 2
    • Test "B", 4xAA, blur off, all other settings "High"
  • Batman: Arkham City
    • 8xAA, MVSS+HBAO, high tesselation, extreme detail, all other settings "Yes", PhysX off
  • Metro 2033
    • Very High Settings, 4xAA, 16xAF, PhysX off
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 3.0
    • Extreme tesselation, high shaders, 16xAF, 8xAA
  • F1 2010
    • 8xMSAA, "Ultra" quality
  • Battlefield 3
    • FOV 90, "Ultra" graphics quality

Video Card Test Products

Graphics Card Radeon HD 7950 Radeon HD 7970 GeForce GTX670 GeForce GTX680 MSI N660Ti Power Edition
GPU Cores 1792 2048 1344 1536 1344
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
  • XFX 7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation (900 MHz GPU/1375 MHz vRAM - ATI Catalyst Driver 12.4)
  • XFX 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation (925 MHz GPU/1425MHz vRAM - ATI Catalyst Driver 12.4)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Reference Design (915/980 MHz GPU/1502 MHz vRAM - Forceware 301.42)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Reference Design (1006/1058 MHz GPU/1502 MHz vRAM - Forceware 301.42)
  • MSI N660Ti Power Edition (1019/1097MHz GPU/1502 MHz vRAM - Forceware 305.37)



 

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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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