Monday, August 6th 2012

MSI GTX 660 Ti HAWK 3-way SLI Pictured, Tested

MSI's upcoming GeForce GTX 660 Ti HAWK 3 GB graphics card, installed in 3-way SLI configuration was pictured. One of the three was put through 3DMark03 and 3DMark 11. The picture reveals a card that looks similar to the company's GeForce GTX 670 Power Edition. MSI used double the memory amount, by populating the GPU's 192-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface with 3 GB of memory (2 Gbit x 12). The card is cooled by MSI's Twin Frozr IV cooling solution. It is clocked at 1020 MHz GPU core, 1098 MHz GPU Boost, and 6.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. The GPU-Z screenshot reveals more details.

While three of these cards were pictured in 3-way SLI configuration, only one of the three were put through tests. The cards were driven by a yet-unannounced GeForce 304.87 beta driver. In 3DMark03, the MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti HAWK scored 18,731 points, and in 3DMark 11 Extreme Preset, it scored X2,862 points. Both these figures are similar to those of a reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670.


Source: VideoCardz
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42 Comments on MSI GTX 660 Ti HAWK 3-way SLI Pictured, Tested

#1
MxPhenom 216
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seronx said:
24 ROPs I hope that is a glitch...once I went 48 ROPs I'm not going back to anything near 16 ROPs.
(4850 -> 16 ROPs / 480 -> 48 ROPs)

Guess my best bet for ROPs is the 780/770 and or the 8970/8950 next year...
Its a number. You probably do not even notice the direct effect of the specific amount of them.
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#2
Crap Daddy
Xzibit said:
lol

You mean the same shoes the GTX 680 owner where when the GTX 670 came out for an MSRP $100 lower.
Thats the price you pay for early adoption of a product.

HOT DEAL I spotted 2 weeks ago. The prices have slightly adjusted. Looks like they added a game with all AMD purschases now. So thats an added $30-$40 Free.

But seriously if the 660Ti sells at 350 or 329 and the 7970 continue to be sold for under 390. Atleast in the US I dont see much of a debate. Unless these sell out and no more stock comes in.
It's not the same. Out of the box the 670 was 8% slower than the GTX680 and is an inferior card at over 1080p. The right price for a 680 now would be $450 but that ain't gonna happen. NV is not usually cutting prices so easy and you might consider the 670 as a price cut to the 680 (that is if you can live with one SMX disabled).

The 660Ti will not sell at over $300. From the specs leaked and the TT review it is clear that this card will not touch the 670 and under certain circumstances (higher resolution than 1080p, MSAA) it will loose to the 7950. But again, this card is positioned against the 7870 and if NV really wants to mess with AMD then it will price it at 280. We'll find out soon.
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#3
seronx
nvidiaintelftw said:
Its a number. You probably do not even notice the direct effect of the specific amount of them.
.772 MHz * 48 => 37.056 Gpixel/s
1.098 MHz * 24 => 26.352 Gpixel/s

We are talking about a 10 Gpixel/s loss I would notice it right away.
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#4
EarthDog
Is it just me or does 18k in 03 absolutely suck? Are we sure thats not 06? Hell a 7870 scored 118k in 03... Thats not right.. cant be... no way.
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#5
Nokiacrazi
Crap Daddy said:

Back to the 660Ti, this card will probably be at maximum $300. It will be considerably better (out of the box) than the 7870, a card at 280$ and will trade blows with the 7950, a card at 350$.
Oh how I hope you are right.

That would be amazing. But only if $300 = $300 not = £300.
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#6
KainXS
seronx said:
.772 MHz * 48 => 37.056 Gpixel/s
1.098 MHz * 24 => 26.352 Gpixel/s

We are talking about a 10 Gpixel/s loss I would notice it right away.
thats not how it is anymore with Geforce cards, in the long long ago with Pre 400 cards you could do that but it still wasn't truly correct(it was close though) but now you can't calculate the correct pixel fillrates by multiplying the core clock by rops, on the 4XX cards and higher the fillrate is limited by the memory bandwidth and the amount of sm/x clusters so your GTX480(if thats what you have) only should only be able to to do a maximum of 23Gpixels at this point because even though the rops could handle 37 they still get bottlenecked.

for the 480
772x2x15= 23,160Mpixels
for the 660
the rops actually limit the fillrate to 24,480Mpixels but the SMX's can handle about 29,000Mpixels

so the GTX660 is more powerful than the GTX480 in those terms and matches the GTX580 more
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#8
DarkOCean
blanarahul said:
Yay for cheap cards.!
$300 is hardly cheap.
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#9
newfellow
192-bit

only number that matters on current gpu development

wtf
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#10
techtard
This should force the Radeon 7870 to drop to a more reasonable price.
Also, last time I checked, you could find 7950s here in Canada for around ~$300.
I wouldn't say either company is outright winning right now, both brands have their pros and cons.
So if this card performs like a champ, everyone wins.

DarkOCean said:
$300 is hardly cheap.
It's not exactly cheap, but it's near the magic number that most people are willing to pay for a solid gaming card.

I paid around that much for my 5850 nearly 3 years ago, was an excellent investment and still delivering decent performance. (with a solid overclock.)

If I buy a new card this gen, it will either be a version of gtx 660 or 7950 depending on price/performance. Will wait for a TPU review.
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#11
Tatty_One
Super Moderator
newfellow said:
192-bit

only number that matters on current gpu development

wtf
A 192bit memory bus is fine for bandwidth, the suggested performance pretty much shows that and at if they increased the bandwidth we would probably be paying more and the performance in relation to the 670 would be even more clouded.
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#12
Crap Daddy
Tatty_One said:
A 192bit memory bus is fine for bandwidth, the suggested performance pretty much shows that and at if they increased the bandwidth we would probably be paying more and the performance in relation to the 670 would be even more clouded.
Of course. Don't look at GPU-z that will show you 24 ROPs and 192bit, check the performance in games since that's what this card was built for. By these specs Nvidia clearly wanted to make this card a midrange one. I wouldn't be too surprised if they will price it at $280.
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#13
NHKS
dont think this is the hawk edition.. rather the Power Edition..



the box specs also seem to indicate that the 3GB shown in GPU-Z was incorrect (?).. its 2GB
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#14
Crap Daddy
NHKS said:
the box specs also seem to indicate that the 3GB shown in GPU-Z was incorrect (?).. its 2GB
It surely was wrong. All clues point towards 2GB and 192bit.
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#16
NHKS
spotted at best buy
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#17
Xzibit
Has anyone bought one ?

It be more beleivable if the photo wasnt edited. Why bother posting a pic and the price then edit the lower half of the box and blurr out the detail in the price tag then just leave the ID mark.

From all the "leaks" that site has posted that seam to contradict one another in 2-days. I would guess they want the traffic.
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