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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

DX11: Batman Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City is a 3d-person action game that adheres to story line previously set forth in Batman: Arkham Asylum, which launched for game consoles and PC back in 2009. Based on an updated Unreal Engine 3 game engine, Batman: Arkham City enjoys DirectX 11 graphics which uses multi-threaded rendering to produce life-like tessellation effects. While gaming console versions of Batman: Arkham City deliver high-definition graphics at either 720p or 1080i, you'll only get the high-quality graphics and special effects on PC.

In an age when developers give game consoles priority over PC, it's becoming difficult to find games that show off the stunning visual effects and lifelike quality possible from modern graphics cards. Fortunately Batman: Arkham City is a game that does amazingly well on both platforms, while at the same time making it possible to cripple the most advanced graphics card on the planet by offering extremely demanding NVIDIA 32x CSAA and full PhysX capability. Also available to PC users (with NVIDIA graphics) is FXAA, a shader based image filter that achieves similar results to MSAA yet requires less memory and processing power.

Batman: Arkham City offers varying levels of PhysX effects, each with its own set of hardware requirements. You can turn PhysX off, or enable 'Normal levels which introduce GPU-accelerated PhysX elements such as Debris Particles, Volumetric Smoke, and Destructible Environments into the game, while the 'High' setting adds real-time cloth and paper simulation. Particles exist everywhere in real life, and this PhysX effect is seen in many aspects of game to add back that same sense of realism. For PC gamers who are enthusiastic about graphics quality, don't skimp on PhysX. DirectX 11 makes it possible to enjoy many of these effects, and PhysX helps bring them to life in the game.

  • Batman: Arkham City
    • Settings: 8x AA, 16x AF, MVSS+HBAO, High Tessellation, Extreme Detail, PhysX Disabled

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Batman: Arkham City Benchmark Test Results

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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