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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: Batman: Arkham City

If there was ever a game that showcased the growing gap between game consoles and high-end gaming PCs, Batman: Arkham City is it. In this dystopian near-future, part of Gotham City has been walled off as an enclave for criminals (rather like Escape from New York). It's a 3rd-person action game that adheres to story line previously set forth in Batman: Arkham Asylum, and is based on an updated Unreal Engine 3 game engine. Batman: Arkham City is a DirectX 11 title that uses multi-threaded rendering to produce life-like tessellation effects.

One annoyance with the game is that all game settings must be made through a hidden application called "BMLauncher". Once you've made your settings, though, an in-game benchmark provides the feedback you'll need to tune your system's performance.

  • Batman: Arkham City
    • 8xAA, DirectX 11 features, high tessellation, extreme detail, Dynamic Shadows, Motion Blur, Distortion, Lens Flares, Light Shafts, Reflections, Ambient Occlusion, PhysX off

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The AMD Radeon graphics cards are at a disadvantage here, since, like Arkham Asylum, Arkham City is a showcase of PhysX effects, which can be directly accelerated by NVIDIA cards but not by AMD cards. I left PhysX turned off for this test but if your Radeon-equipped rig is running an Intel 2500K or higher processor, consider turning it on: the PhysX will run on the CPU but modern multi-core CPUs have enough power to do a credible job, and you'll miss out on some really cool effects otherwise. With PhysX turned off, however, the Radeons run roughshod over the NVIDIA cards.

Again, the N660Ti is the slowest card here: even overclocked, it can't match the performance of the other cards. Also again, it still turns in more than playable frame rates at a cost per frame per second lower than any of the other cards.

Cost Analysis: Arkham City (1920x1080)

  • $389.99 XFX Radeon 7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation costs $6.12 per FPS
  • $469.99 XFX Radeon 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation costs $5.97 per FPS
  • $399.99 GeForce GTX 670 costs $5.48 per FPS
  • $499.99 GeForce GTX 680 $6.76 per FPS
  • $309.99 MSRP MSI N660Ti Power Edition costs $5.08 per FPS.
  • $309.99 MSRP MSI N660Ti Power Edition overclocked costs $4.42 per FPS.
  • Test Summary: The XFX Radeon 7970 waltzes to a win here. The luster on AMD's Southern Islands GPUs dimmed somewhat when NVIDIA's Kepler-based cards were introduced, but enthusiasts should remember that these are very fast cards, and now have a $-per-FPS advantage in many cases...except for the N660Ti.

    Graphics Card Radeon HD 7950 Radeon HD 7970 GeForce GTX670 GeForce GTX680 MSI N660Ti Power Edition
    GPU Cores 1792 2048 1344 1536 1536
    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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    # 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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