Best in Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti Review

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 680 may have swiped the performance crown away from AMD's Radeon HD 7970 earlier this year, but at $500, the initial Kepler offering was inaccessible to most system builders. That situation improved slightly in May with the GTX 670, a popular choice among enthusiasts for delivering an incredible value. In our testing, it provided GTX 680-like performance at a $100 discount.

Although nothing matched the GTX 670's price-to-performance ratio, the $400 entry fee remained a steep one. Gamers who wanted to spend less were left with the $230 HD 7850, the $300 HD 7870 or a card from Nvidia's last-gen lineup. Naturally, it would only be a matter of time before Nvidia tried to fill this gap with tons of hearsay about a GeForce GTX 660 Ti in the pipeline for a mid to late summer launch.

Well, we're here and the rumors proved true: Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 660 Ti has its crosshairs set on the HD 7870. Assuming it's priced competitively, the GTX 660 Ti seems like it could put a real hurting on AMD's offering, as it features the same DNA as existing Kepler products and boasts the same number of CUDA cores and texture units as the GTX 670.

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i tried to get the evga or zotac 560 Ti and it was on sale at a Canadian retailer and when i got there the guy said the last one was sold earlier that day and i was going to go in earlier too
in my city i was not able to find almost any card.. For example the store Future shop sold every single card on their shelf ! I knew where they were stored and on what isle and i asked the sales people if they moved them and they said no and brought me over and said they are right there.. looking at an empty shelf lol
They had the zotac one on sale for $199 can. And i was ticked off and i wanted to buy
a card in store not online (Futureshop told me it was because of that crappy pos game Diablo)
I also started looking online and found all the major online retailer that ship to Canada such ass Newegg and Tigerdirect and numerous others that they were all sold out of that line of cards and the cost of me getting a pre-paid credit card + SH/handling + the unit price made shopping online AND waiting for mail simply a stupid idea..

Why I'm posting this is because when i went to Futureshop for the 560 Ti about 2 months ago the guys was sold out of the Zotac 560 Ti for $199 and I told him i checked online before i showed up and told him their internet stock was out and he of course argued with me and said HE would check and we went to the computer where he did what i did and looked at the same web page and said nothing about the zotac card having 0 stock and quickly jumped over to the only other 560 within the same price range a Gigabyte 560 with the same fan design and he said I told you so its right there !
I almost laughed in face I said that is not even the same brand and he said no no its the same this ones better because of the fan design (seen in this 660 story)
And i told him ya well i carefully compared EVERY model and i know for a fact that some of them have different clock speeds and memory interfaces etc and he looked at me like I was talking chines and started arguing with me that the slower clocked Gigabyte was better.. contrary to online benchmarks by Major web sites lol
I told no I'm not waiting to order crap online from him and left. If i was gonna order online it sure as hell wouldn't be from that dumb over priced place !

My key point to all this was is that there is a reason why Futureshop still had
stock at their head office for the Gigabyte version and why the only version many online retailers such as Newegg only had the Gigabyte is because these cards as seen in this news story are stupid pieces of garbage.. Never mind the clock setting etc
that fan design is bloody joke . They are available because no one wants them lol
Zotac's fan design is bad enough with the fan exhaust partly blocked by a DVI port
never mind this in case exhaust system lol

I was ticked of and sad when the only damn card i could get was a 550 Ti for $22 more than i was going to spend on the much better 560

By the way everyone that bought a 560 Ti for Diablo.. i wanna punch you in the face lol
You ******* could have save me ONE single unit instead of buying them all up

And computer salesman and repairmen are almost always brain dead retards with a chip on the should with a cocky smug attitude but when you quiz them they fall on their face so fast its not even funny !

If the rest of your computer is from 2008, you may benefit more from saving up enough cash to purchase a new motherboard and chip as well.

a7omic said,
If the rest of your computer is from 2008, you may benefit more from saving up enough cash to purchase a new motherboard and chip as well.

Well it's an i7 920 with 12GB of ram.

Phouchg said,

Epic pwn. Yep, ye' old Bloomfield still moves mountains.

I know right? It's amazing a 4 year old CPU that still whoops more ass than 90% of the computers that come into my office for repair.

I still don't see that many i3 i5 or i7 CPU's come into my office. it's Rare. Most of those are i3 a few i5's and very few i7's.

I can say very few, because if I ever see an i7 come into my shop I usually tell the customer, wow, this is a really great machine.... and I never say that! Most are all AMD's. (a.k.a Cheap computers)

Phouchg said,

Epic pwn. Yep, ye' old Bloomfield still moves mountains.

I don't have any experience with that line of processors, but If I got pwned, then I guess they're still very capable

A gfx card upgrade could benefit you a substantial amount. The 660ti is a nice card. It stands up nicely to a stock 670 in the reviews I've seen. I personally bought an Asus 670 DC2 Top for $425 on amazon, but that was before the 660ti was released. You could probably overclock a 660ti an reach the performance of a stock 670. I have overclocked my card and it performs on par or better than a stock 680. So theoretically, you could pay $300 for gtx 670 performance or $400-$450 for performance similar to a 680. I don't know what your budget and computing needs are. /r/buildapc gave me a ton of help when I was building my machine. Odds are, you could probably find useful information there just by searching the subreddit.

a7omic said,

I don't have any experience with that line of processors, but If I got pwned, then I guess they're still very capable

A gfx card upgrade could benefit you a substantial amount. The 660ti is a nice card. It stands up nicely to a stock 670 in the reviews I've seen. I personally bought an Asus 670 DC2 Top for $425 on amazon, but that was before the 660ti was released. You could probably overclock a 660ti an reach the performance of a stock 670. I have overclocked my card and it performs on par or better than a stock 680. So theoretically, you could pay $300 for gtx 670 performance or $400-$450 for performance similar to a 680. I don't know what your budget and computing needs are. /r/buildapc gave me a ton of help when I was building my machine. Odds are, you could probably find useful information there just by searching the subreddit.

I would probably have to game first.

Phalesafe said,

It keeps pace with the 7950/7970 ($350+) in some cases. Seems like $300 is a fair price point.

I doubt that personally... In some cases only while lower in more cases.. only 192-bit..

Phalesafe said,

It keeps pace with the 7950/7970 ($350+) in some cases. Seems like $300 is a fair price point.

The 7970 is now Gigahertz Edition ( comes with increased clocks without additional cost ) and in many cases is better than the 680GTX or on par and in very few lower. So, the 660Ti is not even close.

Phalesafe said,

It keeps pace with the 7950/7970 ($350+) in some cases. Seems like $300 is a fair price point.

It keeps pace on "lower" resolution (often limited by cpu perf).

But if you want to buy something for 2 or even 3 years the 7950 is a better choice (and the 370 an even better one imo) as it's clearly better at resolution above 1920 and will most likely perform better with next generation games.

I personally think 300$ is way too much expensive for an entry level gaming card.

I'll keep my oced 6950 for now. It still gives me good perf at 1080p and there's no point spending 300$ on an update that while not marginal is not that great.

I'll wait for a price drop to the 670 cards with custom cooler next year.