1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt Graphics Card Pictured

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,562 (11.24/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,644
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    As the Lunar New Year shopping season heats up in the Greater China Region, ZOTAC launched yet another innovative performance-segment graphics card, the GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt Edition, which has nothing to do with the Thunderbolt interface (sorry to get your hopes up). What this card does bring to the table, are a high-grade non-reference design PCB, and an innovative new cooling solution.

    The cooler may look like yet another aluminum fin stack ventilated by two fans, but it's in fact a chunky monolithic aluminum heatsink, with heat-transfer bolstered by three copper heat pipes. It's hence a hybrid between heatsinks and fin-stacks. Heatsinks give you the convenience of easier cleaning as spacing between their ridges are greater, and are generally more rigid. In the pictures below ZOTAC demonstrates how its hybrid heatsink is better than fin-stacks.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    To make matters better, the cooler features what ZOTAC calls "EClean." Simply put, EClean is a mechanism with which you can easily detach the cooler shroud on which the fans are mounted, by pressing a retention notch, and sliding out the shroud that's suspended on rails, on the main heatsink. Removing the shroud lets you clean the heatsink.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Innovations aside, the GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt Edition from ZOTAC sticks to NVIDIA reference clock speeds of 980 MHz core, 1033 MHz GPU Boost, and 6.00 GHz memory, leaving headroom for users to overclock on their own. It features 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 192-bit wide memory interface. Based on the 28 nm GK106 silicon, the GeForce GTX 660 packs 960 CUDA cores. The card draws power from a single 6-pin power connector, display outputs include two DVI and one each of HDMI and DipsplayPort. ZOTAC did not release pricing information, but we know for sure that this one (like most other innovative graphics card designs from ZOTAC) is reserved for Chinese buyers.

    Source: Expreview
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2013
  2. The Von Matrices

    The Von Matrices

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,281 (0.93/day)
    Thanks Received:
    415
    And here I was thinking that some company had the novel idea of creating a graphics card with integrated Thunderbolt chip and Thunderbolt outputs. Silly marketing names...
     
    timmyisme22 says thanks.
  3. james888

    james888

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2011
    Messages:
    4,416 (3.73/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,563
    Gpu acting as thunderbolt add in card.... Sounds like a good idea. I do realize that this cards not that.

    I like how the ezclean thing.
     
    Crunching for Team TPU
  4. T4C Fantasy

    T4C Fantasy CPU & GPU DB Maintainer

    Joined:
    May 7, 2012
    Messages:
    973 (1.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    411
  5. TheGuruStud

    TheGuruStud

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2007
    Messages:
    1,615 (0.63/day)
    Thanks Received:
    168
    Location:
    Police/Nanny State of America
    Anything lower than a Ti is a waste.
     
  6. T4C Fantasy

    T4C Fantasy CPU & GPU DB Maintainer

    Joined:
    May 7, 2012
    Messages:
    973 (1.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    411
    a GTX 560 OEM is better than a 560 Ti and Ti OEM
     
  7. RCoon

    RCoon Forum Gypsy

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2012
    Messages:
    6,945 (7.83/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,178
    Location:
    Gypsyland, UK
    Speaking in terms of the Chinese market, its an excellent contender, better than the monster we've just seen released :D
     
  8. Dj-ElectriC

    Dj-ElectriC

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2010
    Messages:
    2,189 (1.46/day)
    Thanks Received:
    837
    Thunderbolt, because Lightning was taken [​IMG]
     
    neliz says thanks.
  9. Prima.Vera

    Prima.Vera

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2011
    Messages:
    2,229 (2.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    288
    Misleading title again!! I thought is an external video card for Thunderbolt-enabled laptops or similar...
     
  10. Widjaja

    Widjaja

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2007
    Messages:
    4,819 (1.81/day)
    Thanks Received:
    636
    Location:
    Wangas, New Zealand
    The detachable fan shroud with fans at the push of a button is a novel idea to give the heatsink a really good clean.
     
  11. lZKoce

    lZKoce

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2012
    Messages:
    611 (0.63/day)
    Thanks Received:
    65
    Location:
    Bulgaria
    I don't know about the pipes being exposed like that on the fins. Asus Matrix GTX 285 had similar composition and its thermal results were horrifying.
     
  12. Aquinus

    Aquinus Resident Wat-man

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2012
    Messages:
    6,298 (6.50/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,091
    Location:
    Concord, NH
    You know, I also almost got excited about this and once again, was duped!

    Btarunr, you've been fooling me too much lately. :respect:
     
  13. Prima.Vera

    Prima.Vera

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2011
    Messages:
    2,229 (2.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    288
    Yep, this is 8 Cores Celeron all over again...
     
    Aquinus says thanks.
  14. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    18,589 (10.09/day)
    Thanks Received:
    6,092
    Location:
    Chatsworth, GA
    LOL what? and they let you do the GPU database?

    [​IMG]
     
    Crunching for Team TPU
  15. T4C Fantasy

    T4C Fantasy CPU & GPU DB Maintainer

    Joined:
    May 7, 2012
    Messages:
    973 (1.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    411
    first of all the 560 OEM is under clocked on purpose, it has a gf110 with 384 cores and 40 rops 320bit memory, the 560 ti has a gf114 with 394 cores and 32 rops and 256 bit memory

    the 560 OEM can be overclocked to 925, its base memory clock is 802.. just a clock of 803 would beat the ti's 1002

    the 560 OEM is better than 560 ti clock for clock by far
     
  16. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    18,589 (10.09/day)
    Thanks Received:
    6,092
    Location:
    Chatsworth, GA
    My 560TI would break well over 925mhz and is 10% faster at stock. multiple reviews from wiz show this.
     
    Crunching for Team TPU
  17. T4C Fantasy

    T4C Fantasy CPU & GPU DB Maintainer

    Joined:
    May 7, 2012
    Messages:
    973 (1.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    411
  18. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    18,589 (10.09/day)
    Thanks Received:
    6,092
    Location:
    Chatsworth, GA
    Crunching for Team TPU
  19. T4C Fantasy

    T4C Fantasy CPU & GPU DB Maintainer

    Joined:
    May 7, 2012
    Messages:
    973 (1.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    411
    I was shorting my message that's how I type.... I didn't say it wasn't a gtx I meant that a GTX 560 OEM is not a GTX 560
     
  20. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    18,589 (10.09/day)
    Thanks Received:
    6,092
    Location:
    Chatsworth, GA
    I have been searching and have not seen ONE single review were it shows a GTX 560 OR GTX 560 OEM beating a TI even a non 448 core. Unless you personally have a golden sample of one that is rare to find. the GTX 560/OEM is slower than the TI per any review you see.
     
    Crunching for Team TPU
  21. T4C Fantasy

    T4C Fantasy CPU & GPU DB Maintainer

    Joined:
    May 7, 2012
    Messages:
    973 (1.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    411
    the OEM variant is rare it hasn't been tested clock for clock with a ti I know the articulture the OEM is superior
     
  22. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    18,589 (10.09/day)
    Thanks Received:
    6,092
    Location:
    Chatsworth, GA
    LOL then how do you know it will beat the TI? :rolleyes:
     
    Crunching for Team TPU
  23. T4C Fantasy

    T4C Fantasy CPU & GPU DB Maintainer

    Joined:
    May 7, 2012
    Messages:
    973 (1.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    411
    because this is what I do the OEM has superior hardware
     
  24. T4C Fantasy

    T4C Fantasy CPU & GPU DB Maintainer

    Joined:
    May 7, 2012
    Messages:
    973 (1.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    411
    meaning in other words, I know what im talking about... ive studied over 4000 gpus since august 2012 and know that the hardware from the same generation doesn't lie spec wise for example more cores = more power the 560 OEM has more rops more memory and more memory bus its simply superior.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 4, 2013
  25. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    18,589 (10.09/day)
    Thanks Received:
    6,092
    Location:
    Chatsworth, GA
    That was six months ago...= expert
     
    timmyisme22 says thanks.
    Crunching for Team TPU

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page