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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

VGA Testing Methodology

EVGA-GeForce-GTX-660-2GB-Superclocked-GPUZ.gifThe Microsoft DirectX-11 graphics API is native to the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, and will be the primary O/S for our test platform. DX11 is also available as a Microsoft Update for the Windows Vista O/S, so our test results apply to both versions of the Operating System. The majority of benchmark tests used in this article are comparative to DX11 performance, however some high-demand DX10 tests have also been included.

In each benchmark test there is one 'cache run' that is conducted, followed by five recorded test runs. Results are collected at each setting with the highest and lowest results discarded. The remaining three results are averaged, and displayed in the performance charts on the following pages.

A combination of synthetic and video game benchmark tests have been used 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.

Intel X79 Express Test System

DirectX-10 Benchmark Applications

  • Crysis Warhead v1.1 with HOC Benchmark
    • Settings: Airfield Demo, Very High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF

DirectX-11 Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark11 Professional Edition by Futuremark
    • Settings: Performance Level Preset, 1280x720, 1x AA, Trilinear Filtering, Tessellation level 5)
  • Aliens vs Predator Benchmark 1.0
    • Settings: Very High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF, SSAO, Tessellation, Advanced Shadows
  • Batman: Arkham City
    • Settings: 8x AA, 16x AF, MVSS+HBAO, High Tessellation, Extreme Detail, PhysX Disabled
  • BattleField 3
    • Settings: Ultra Graphics Quality, FOV 90, 180-second Fraps Scene
  • Lost Planet 2 Benchmark 1.0
    • Settings: Benchmark B, 4x AA, Blur Off, High Shadow Detail, High Texture, High Render, High DirectX 11 Features
  • Metro 2033 Benchmark
    • Settings: Very-High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF, Tessellation, PhysX Disabled
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 3.0
    • Settings: DirectX 11, High Quality, Extreme Tessellation, 16x AF, 4x AA

PCI-Express Graphics Cards

Graphics Card GeForce GTX570 Radeon HD6970 GeForce GTX580 GeForce GTX660 GeForce GTX660Ti Radeon HD7970 GeForce GTX670 GeForce GTX680
GPU Cores 480 1536 512 960 1344 2048 1344 1536
Core Clock (MHz) 732 880 772 980 915 925 915 1006
Shader Clock (MHz) 1464 N/A 1544 1033 Boost 980 Boost N/A 980 Boost 1058 Boost
Memory Clock (MHz) 950 1375 1002 1502 1502 1375 1502 1502
Memory Amount 1280MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 1536MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 320-bit 256-bit 384-bit 192-bit 192-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit



 

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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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