Nvidia's New "Sweet Spot" GPU: Three GTX 660 Ti Cards Reviewed

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Hilarity

Pointless. The 192 bit bus will fuck you over eventually @ 1080p. Then again I picked up a 7950 for $300 during a flash sale, and it was an HIS IceQ model, not some cheapo reference model.

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WGASF

Any thoughts on 660Ti Tri SLI vs. dual 680s vs a 690? Pure performance - space, power and cooling are considerations, of course - but would the tri-SLI setup fare better in pure FPS?

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acidic

http://www.guru3d.com/news/palit-gigabyte-and-msi-geforce-gtx-660-ti-reviews-with-23way-sli/

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Sir Hobbes3

I knew nVidia would release this card sooner or later! Cool!

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Stormfuror

Looks like I won't be upgrading my GTX 570. Although running 660ti's in SLI is attractive I'de rather just save my money for what Nvidia has to offer down the road. Or just wait for my 570 to go for even cheaper, but it's the 2.5gb model and costs a bit more if I wanted to run SLI.

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gtxaddict

I have a GTX 570 and so far, it's been a wonderful card. Sadly, I can't afford a SLI setup right now.

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Biceps

Same boat.

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Dexter243

i am very happy with my $170 560 it the bottom line 560 and still runs every thing on my 27" at high or ultra bf3 is smooth and it is quiet so it will be another year before i build a new system
got a athlon 2 x3 unlocked to quad clocked to 3.47 mhz runs nice
560 cheep one and 8 gig ddr2
still runs every thing on my old shit

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Chronologist

Each new generation doesn't target the folks upgrading from the previous generation; 400+500 series cards were meant to push 8800 gt owners to upgrade, now the 600 series cards is aimed to push the 200 series card users to upgrade.

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pratikrawankar

Remember KEPLER cuda are clocked half of fermi clock

so no matter it looks 1344 Cuda core

they are actually 600 effective fermi cuda

enjoy

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tekknyne

Werd? Good to know.

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pratikrawankar

read here with details and spread the words

over 98% of NVIDIA fans didn't know this

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5699/nvidia-geforce-gtx-680-review/3

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Chronologist

Actually, a lot of us nvidia fans do. What isn't as widely known though, is that the 680 gtx was meant to serve as the 660 Ti GTX. It only got promoted to 680 gtx because of ATI's weak showing in its 7xxx cards.

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West996

So what would be the thought behind buying a 660 ti over a 670?

Is the performance worth the price difference? I don't usually buy the top of the line card because I know you are paying a premium for that so I have not looked at the 680 at all.

What do people think about when choosing between the 660 ti and the 670?

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joshnorem

Close call but we'd go with the 660 Ti. In testing the difference between the 660 Ti and the 670 was 5-10 frames in most tests, both at 1920 and 2560. 

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West996

Thank you I really appreciate the reply. Now I just have to decide if I wait for the Ivy Bridge with out the GPU or not, but that is for another thread :)

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Kazz

Newegg now offering Borderlands @ with select 660Ti cards:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=48&Description=&Type=&N=100007709&IsNodeId=1&IsPowerSearch=1&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&PropertyCodeValue=679%3A289343&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL081612VGA&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL081612VGA-_-EMC-081612-Index-_-E0-_-Game

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Kazz

Thanks for posting the review!

GTX480 here and gonna wait a bit. If I were building a new rig, the GTX660Ti would be a no-brainer.

There are more than just price typos in this article. Needs a proofread.

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Maggard

I'm wondering if this is finally the non-$500 GPU to upgrade from my GTX 295 with or if I should wait another generation.

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Kazz

Is the GTX295 not keeping up with your gaming needs? If so, pull the trigger in my mind.

I had a lifetime warranty GTX295 that finally died. EVGA replaced it with a lifetime warranty GTX480 and that was a bit of a step up on its own. IIRC, the GTX295 isn't DirectX 11-capable, either.

Your money, your call!

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Biceps

I got the 570GTX and it works very well. You may want to look at the 670 - I have found high-mid range cards have much more staying power (and more satisfying when you finally upgrade them to SLI!) than the lower-end cards. I did the same think with 8800GTs (sound familiar?) and was happy with those in SLI till a couple years ago.

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TommM

TechPowerUp says the exact opposite about the fan noise on the MSI card:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power_Edition/27.html

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joshnorem

Of the three cards we tested the MSI was the loudest, and we retested everything to confirm all of our findings as well. The fan spins at over 3k rpm when the system is under load but spins down as soon as the load is reduced. It's not dustbuster loud but definitely audible and louder than the other cards we tested. 

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Dysthymia

Thank you, Josh, for not referring to the Read More button as "the jump".

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joshnorem

Hah, thanks. Nathan actually posted this for me but your feedback is noted. 

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Valor958

For being so old, I'm still pressed to really need to upgrade my GTX460 either. It performs very well, or at least suitable, on all modern games on high settings. Sure, not maxed out on everything, but high is still very acceptable.
The 660ti being compared to the GTX580, which was better than the 460.. makes me want to say, "yes, this is worth the upgrade"... but still not feeling the necessity.
I, and a lot of others I know, are waiting until Black Friday and then tax return time (in the US) to upgrade. Even at a ~$299 price point, just not enough incentive to go buy one.

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joshnorem

If you don't think you need it, then hold off. Cards will just get better and faster :)

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Valor958

and cheaper :)

I'm still waiting for the GK110 to drop... I can only imagine how people will react compared to how they did when the 680 came out.

http://pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/NVIDIA-Reveals-GK110-GPU-Kepler-71B-Transistors-15-SMX-Units

Seriously... this thing is a monster. I'm still probably getting a 670 though lol.

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Blues22475

Quick question, I think these might be a suitable replacement for a GTX 460, but are they? Just wanting to confirm this.

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joshnorem

If you're using a 460 you will see quite an improvement so our recommendation is to go for it. 

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TsunamiZ

anyone know if the stuttering bug is completely fixed yet for the nvidia gtx 600 series cards?

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/nvidia_acknowledges_kepler_v-sync_stuttering_issues_and_promises_prompt_driver_fix

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TsunamiZ

looks like there are some price typos in the article

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joshnorem

What tyos are you referring to exactly? To clarify the $299 price is the base price. Since these cards are overclocked they are a bit more expensive. 

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TsunamiZ

they are typoed under the review score

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joshnorem

Thanks, it's been fixed. 

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