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ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti Direct CU II TOP 2048 MB

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The ASUS GTX 660 Ti Direct CU II TOP uses the same wonderful cooler we've seen first on the company's GTX 670, which means it is by far the quietest high-performance card you can find on the market - in both idle and load. The card is also overclocked out of the box, which gives it a 5% performance advantage.

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This my next card for sure.
 

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might be an insignificant question W1zz, but when both GTX 660Ti & 670 use the GK104 with 1344 cores why is the chip used in 660Ti coded GK104-300-KD-A2 while the chip in 670 is coded GK104-325-A2

btw nice card & great review as always!
 

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Amazing amazing card
 

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no plans for that, just assume +5% on 7950
I know that, but not everyone follows the news. There will be many people interested in comparison between 7950/GTX660ti (from now and in the future). They have no idea 7950@800Mhz is EOL and assume 7950 in review is 7950 after BIOS update, which is wrong.
 

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They have no idea 7950@800Mhz is EOL and assume 7950 in review is 7950 after BIOS update
i'm not sure about that. there are 2 HD 7970 GHz Edition cards available to buy here, and dozens of normal ones
 

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i'm not sure about that. there are 2 HD 7970 GHz Edition cards available to buy here, and dozens of normal ones
Regular 7970 is an official AMD card, 7950@800Mhz not. 7970 is not EOL. 7950@800Mhz will be replaced by 7950, and only avaiable while stocks last.
 

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Regular 7970 is an official AMD card, 7950@800Mhz not. 7970 is not EOL. 7950@800Mhz will be replaced by 7950, and only avaiable while stocks last.
What are you talking about. Wizzard never said the 7970 is EOL. The 7950 @ 800 is an official AMD card. The BIOS update they released just overclocked it to have a better chance against this ridiculous card the 660ti.
 
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Nice card and good review but check the maximum power consumption graph. It seems to be wrong or?
 

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Nice card and good review but check the maximum power consumption graph. It seems to be wrong or?
for some reason i'm getting lower power consumption with this card in furmark than the peak reading in crysis 2. the graph is correct
 
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W1zz do you think this is a worthy upgrade to a 570? Or is the 670 a better option for the cash. I'm seeing about 15 better FPS with the 660 and 20 FPS with the 670. However the difference is a 100 bucks.
 

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W1zz do you think this is a worthy upgrade to a 570? Or is the 670 a better option for the cash. I'm seeing about 15 better FPS with the 660 and 20 FPS with the 670. However the difference is a 100 bucks.
I would go GTX660ti. This card is looking really good for the price.
 
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W1zz do you think this is a worthy upgrade to a 570? Or is the 670 a better option for the cash. I'm seeing about 15 better FPS with the 660 and 20 FPS with the 670. However the difference is a 100 bucks.
look at our performance per dollar graphs for that
 
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Worth the Wait

I've been waiting 9 months for this card (first rumors said December 2011), and I'm so glad I waited. Sure 9 months on HD2000 graphics has sucked, but GTX580 beating performance for $300, it's everything I dreamed.
 
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Holy crap, is this thing overpriced or what? Was expecting it to sell for £180-£200 tops, not £260...is this thing only badly priced here, or in Europe as well? $300 dollars sounds way more attractive vs £260 pounds, sounds like it's just us getting shafted on the release price...

Also DX9 performance is looking terrible, probably due to the dynamic clockspeeds of the Keplers.



















Can't see how this card gets such a good rating...unless all you play is BF3 which seems to be the only game they optimized the drivers for (besides Max Payne 3)... At least hope AMD starts a price war now.

Still waiting for GK110...
 
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mines little brother ! Amazing card and review
 
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Holy crap, is this thing overpriced or what? Was expecting it to sell for £180-£200 tops, not £260...is this thing only badly priced here, or in Europe as well? $300 dollars sounds way more attractive vs £260 pounds, sounds like it's just us getting shafted on the release price...
European countries always pay a premium on Computer Hardware. No idea why it is, a combination of VAT and some other things, but I've heard a lot of people on here complain about hardware costs over there. I think it's partially because they don't convert correctly for currency, I've seen a lot of goods at European versions of etailers where they literally just replace the $ with a £.

Also DX9 performance is looking terrible, probably due to the dynamic clockspeeds of the Keplers.

Can't see how this card gets such a good rating...unless all you play is BF3 which seems to be the only game they optimized the drivers for (besides Max Payne 3)... At least hope AMD starts a price war now.
See a trend? Nvidia is moving away from Optimizing specifically for DX9 because DX9 performance is already there. With DX11 titles they make significant gains. Kepler is designed to excel in DX10+ environments, aka current generation technology. Considering Microsoft and Sony are alleged to be announcing new Consoles within the next year and all signs point to DX10/11 support on them, we can assume that even console ports will start optimizing for DX11. So the question then becomes do you want to pay $300 for a card that does amazing in DX11 but takes a hit on DX9 (like 5-10% but still playable), or $400+ for a card that has a slight edge in older DX9 games and falls behind pretty noticeably in DX11 games?
 
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Holy crap, is this thing overpriced or what? Was expecting it to sell for £180-£200 tops, not £260...is this thing only badly priced here, or in Europe as well? $300 dollars sounds way more attractive vs £260 pounds, sounds like it's just us getting shafted on the release price...

Also DX9 performance is looking terrible, probably due to the dynamic clockspeeds of the Keplers.

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_660_Ti_Direct_Cu_II/images/alanwake_2560_1600.gif

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_660_Ti_Direct_Cu_II/images/arkhamcity_2560_1600.gif

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_660_Ti_Direct_Cu_II/images/battleforge_2560_1600.gif

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_660_Ti_Direct_Cu_II/images/battleforge_5760_1080.gif

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_660_Ti_Direct_Cu_II/images/civ5_2560_1600.gif

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_660_Ti_Direct_Cu_II/images/crysis_2560_1600.gif

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_660_Ti_Direct_Cu_II/images/crysis2_2560_1600.gif

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_660_Ti_Direct_Cu_II/images/dragonage2_2560_1600.gif

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_660_Ti_Direct_Cu_II/images/skyrim_2560_1600.gif

Can't see how this card gets such a good rating...unless all you play is BF3 which seems to be the only game they optimized the drivers for (besides Max Payne 3)... At least hope AMD starts a price war now.

Still waiting for GK110...
:laugh: If you buy a 660 to play at 2560 x 1600 or 5760 x 1080 you are an idiot.
 
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Think I'll pass £250 is what I paid for my 570 new and this is the same price, 20% better performance for the same cost 2 years down the line is BS and no chance of the 670's coming down now I would think.
 
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See a trend? Nvidia is moving away from Optimizing specifically for DX9 because DX9 performance is already there. With DX11 titles they make significant gains. Kepler is designed to excel in DX10+ environments, aka current generation technology. Considering Microsoft and Sony are alleged to be announcing new Consoles within the next year and all signs point to DX10/11 support on them, we can assume that even console ports will start optimizing for DX11. So the question then becomes do you want to pay $300 for a card that does amazing in DX11 but takes a hit on DX9 (like 5-10% but still playable), or $400+ for a card that has a slight edge in older DX9 games and falls behind pretty noticeably in DX11 games?
47FPS average is not what I would call playable.

And to answer your question, I want a card that is an upgrade in everything, be it DX9 or 11. Current gen Keplers are already a massive downgrade from Fermi in compute performance, if gaming is their bag, I expect it to excel in every game. Right now, I have around 20x to 30x more games for DX9 than DX11, and there are plenty more console ports on the way...so yeah, it'll take priority over DX11 for me, because DX11 performance still has a long way to go. If Nvidia really decides to call it quits on DX9 performance, I'll switch to AMD, as the LAST thing I want is to have to build yet another separate rig for an older API.

:laugh: If you buy a 660 to play at 2560 x 1600 or 5760 x 1080 you are an idiot.
Huh? How the hell is gaming on a card with 2GB VRAM at 2560x1600 stupid, in DirectX 9 no less, when people are still claiming GTX 580s with 1.5GB are overkill for 1080p (and when most folks bought 1GB 460s to game at 1080p)?
 
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Sorry to break it to you buddy, but if you want smooth performance at those kind of resolutions, you gotta pay up! :laugh: There's just no way around that. You can only expect so much performance out of a $300 part. That's why the 670-680-690 were invented in the first place, to tackle extreme high resolution displays (which they do wonderfully, IMO). It's like asking a Hyundai i10 to perform a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of less than 5 seconds...now we're talking Corvette/Challenger/Ferrari/Lamborghini/Porsche (insert your favorite manufacturer) performances here, way out of the design parameters of the i10.

Or you could do like me and wait for the next generation, which will drop current ones' prices to the bottom and save you a ton of money. ;)