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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB SuperClocked
First Look: EVGA GTX660 SC
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: Crysis Warhead
DX11: 3DMark11
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Batman Arkham City
DX11: Battlefield 3
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 3.0
Temperature and Power Consumption
EVGA Precision Overclocking
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC Conclusion

First Look: EVGA GTX660 SC

Packed with everything needed to get up and running, the EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB SuperClocked kit (02G-P4-2662-KR) includes: the factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 660 SC PCI-Express 3.0 video card, DVI-to-VGA adapter, 6-pin PCI-E to Molex 4-pin power adapter, and EVGA installation DVD with drivers and graphics software.

This review examines the factory-overclocked EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB SuperClocked video card, model 02G-P4-2662-KR. EVGA maintains the reference profile dimensions for their GTX 660 SC, which measures 1.5" tall (double-bay), 3.9" wide, and 9.5" long. The EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC graphics card is designed to fit into nearly all mid-tower computer case enclosures with plenty of room to spare.

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EVGA has adopted the effecient GTX 660 reference design, which operates quietly under normal use. A rear mounted 60mm (2.4") blower m otor fan rests slightly below the plastic fan shroud, allowing sufficient air to reach the intake whenever two or more video cards are combined in close-proximity SLI configurations.

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Specified at 140W Thermal Design Power output the GeForce GTX 660 demands much less of the system's power supply unit, allowing NVIDIA to recommend a 450W PSU for single-card installations. GeForce GTX 660 requires power from a single six-pin PCI-E connections. With GeForce GTX 660 the power connection is relocated to the side of the video card, so to better fit into small PC enclosures.

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As with past-generation GeForce GTX series graphics cards, the GTX 660 is capable of two-card SLI configurations. Because GeForce GTX 660 is PCI-Express 3.0 compliant device, the added bandwidth could potentially come into demand as future games and applications make use of these resources. Most games work well using medium settings with a single GeForce GTX 660 graphics card, but multi-card SLI configurations are perfect for gamers wanting to experience high-performance video games played at higher quality settings with some bells and whistles enabled.

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The EVGA GTX 660 SC offers two simultaneously functional dual-link DVI (DVI-D and DVD-I ) connections, a full-size HDMI 1.4a output, and a DisplayPort 1.2 connection. Only one of these video cards is necessary to drive triple-display NVIDIA 3D-Vision Surround functionality, when using both DVI ports and either the HDMI or DP connection for third output. All of these video interfaces consume exhaust-vent real estate, but this has very little impact on cooling because the 28nm Kepler GPU generates less heat than past GeForce processors, and also because EVGA intentionally enlarged the vents to expel heated exhaust.

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The memory subsystem has been tweaked on GeForce GTX 660, allowing the 2048MB GDDR5 video frame buffer to produce 144.2 GB/s total memory bandwidth at an impressive 6008 MHz data rate. Three memory controllers combine six GDDR5 ICs for a 192-bit memory lane, which moves data more efficiently than previous designs to yield a fill rate of 78.4 GigaTexels per second.

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The exposed printed circuit board on the backside of the video card reveals an interesting discovery: GeForce GTX 660 uses a much smaller PCB than the profile suggests. Past GeForce products generally use a shroud to cover the entire length of the circuit board, but with GTX 660 the PCB measures only 6.75" of this 9.5" card, with a 2.5" extension to support the cooling fan.

In the next section, we detail our test methodology and give specifications for all of the benchmarks and equipment used in our testing process...



 

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# Prices a bit higherWade 2012-09-13 11:52
Newegg $299.99, Amazon $309.99, J&R $319.99, TigerDirect $329.99, MacMall $363.99 - these start about 25% higher than the listed MSRP but, as Olin pointed out, this is the first month and they are sure to change. I would expect the prices to become lower as the holidays approach and this is the best card for the money that I have seen in a couple of years.
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# RE: Prices a bit higherOlin Coles 2012-09-13 12:46
I think you've got the wrong product, because this is the GTX 660 and not the 660 Ti. Newegg lists the EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SuperClocked for $229.99
newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130826
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# RE: Prices a bit higherWade 2012-09-13 13:58
I think you are right, Olin - my mistake. It is difficult to find listings/prices for the SC - in fact I can only find the one you supplied. Most vendors are listing the GTX 660 Ti SC because that version is also SuperClocked. I hope this does not portend short supplies and is just a temporary deficit while vendors stock up.
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# RE: RE: Prices a bit higherOlin Coles 2012-09-17 07:54
Less than a week later, this card is now priced for $224.99 at Newegg.
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# value- 8.5?pabs 2012-09-17 07:50
I don't understand your rating system as you gave the card an 8.5 for value, where you clearly state that the card has "value-packed performance" and dominates cards in its price range and comes close to cards twice as expensive. So the question is ... why an 8.5 for value? shouldn't it be closer to a 10?
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# RE: value- 8.5?Olin Coles 2012-09-17 07:53
A score of 10 would imply that no other product comes close to offering the same value, and that's just not true. It's got a lot more value than most products, but not by so much more that it deserves a ten. Make a decision for yourself, and use our ratings (which we already mention are our own) as a guide.
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# goodamir from iran 2012-09-17 08:45
Nvidia The Best Graphic Card In world I Like It .for evvvvvver

the new product nVIDIA best price and best work its mean to be play
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# Energy MisersDale S 2012-09-23 08:17
Good review, Colin. One of these babies is going into my first build.

These GPUs are getting so efficient that you might just be able to SLI two together and still get by with only a 650W power supply.
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# Easily on 650 :)MRutten 2012-10-04 10:30
Yes, Dale S, you can easily run dual SLI on the GTX660 with an 80plus 650w power supply.

That's exactly what I am going to be building the coming few weeks, putting in a LEPA 650G which gives me headroom to OC both the GPUs and the i3570k.

Incase you were uncertain about it being enough :)

Lovely GPU this one!
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# 660sli psu 600660sli 2013-08-15 05:21
hd 1tera
ssd 128gb
16gb kingston ram 1600mhz
2x gtx 600sc evga

PSU 600 watt

lolz you dont need MORE!
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