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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

DX11: 3DMark11

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.

  • 3DMark11
    • "Performance" settings, 1280x720 resolution

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.

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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

  • $389.99 XFX Radeon 7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation costs $6.02 per FPS
  • $469.99 XFX Radeon 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation $6.30 per FPS
  • $399.99 GeForce GTX 670 costs $5.44 per FPS
  • $499.99 GeForce GTX 680 costs $5.85 per FPS
  • $309.99 MSRP MSI N660Ti Power Edition costs $3.91 per FPS.
  • $309.99 MSRP MSI N660Ti Power Edition overclocked costs $3.57 per FPS.
  • 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.

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    Cost Analysis: GT3+GT4

  • $389.99 XFX Radeon 7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation costs $6.10 per FPS
  • $469.99 XFX Radeon 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation costs $6.66 per FPS
  • $399.99 GeForce GTX 670 costs $5.49 per FPS
  • $499.99 GeForce GTX 680 $6.06 per FPS
  • $309.99 MSRP MSI N660Ti Power Edition costs $4.11 per FPS.
  • $309.99 MSRP MSI N660Ti Power Edition overclocked costs $3.63 per FPS.
  • Test Summary: The MSI N660Ti Power Edition again leads the field.

    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



     

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