|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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3DMark11 is Futuremark's latest iteration of the video card software benchmark suite, building on the features of 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 06 as well as earlier version. It's optimized and intended for testing DirectX-11 capable hardware running under Windows Vista or Windows 7.
3DMark Vantage offers benchmark tests focusing on GPU, CPU, and Physics performance. For this review I concentrated on the four GPU-specific tests. The first two tests take you through an undersea scene with small submarines exploring the sea floor and sunken ships. In the GT1 test, there's no tessellation, but there are extensive lighting and shadow effects. In the GT2 test, the same scene is repeated but with moderate tessellation and fewer lighting effects.
Here's the first surprise in this test: at stock clock speeds, the MSI N660Ti Power Edition beats every other card except the GTX680, and when overclocked, it even beats that! This from a card that costs $80 less than the next-cheapest card.
Cost Analysis: GT1+GT2
The second pair of graphics tests explore an abandoned temple deep in a tropical jungle. The GT3 test has medium tessellation and one shadow-casting light, while the GT4 test ups the ante with heavy tessellation and many shadow-casting lights. The GT4 test is by far the most demanding of this test suite.
Cost Analysis: GT3+GT4
Test Summary: The MSI N660Ti Power Edition again leads the field.