When Nvidia originally introduced Kepler to the world in the form of the GeForce GTX 680, it brought an abundance of features, innovation, and unadulterated gaming horsepower to the market. Many were surprised by how complete a package it was, and it left AMD playing second fiddle with the Radeon lineup at the upper end of the price spectrum.
Then along came the GTX 670, looking to move down the performance ladder, and it too turned out to be a juggernaut. So it should come as no surprise that today’s launch of the GTX 660 Ti is expected to continue that trend, looking to muscle into the “performance-oriented” quasi mid-range segment. By extension, this new card should still offer gamers great horsepower but at a lower price of $300 for the reference design, and looking to compete with the Radeon 7950. However, as we’ve seen in the last two Kepler launches, both those Nvidia cards punched in a weight class above their listed specs, so it’ll will be very interesting to see if the GTX 660 Ti can accomplish the same, and tackle the Radeon 7970 instead of settling for the 7950.
We’ve got the MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition on the bench today, a sexy powerhouse of a card that sports the latest Twin Frozr IV cooler, increased Base Clock speeds, improved power design, and a factory overclock that’s just a tease for the voltage-tweaking overclocking possibilities.
MSI impressed us with the GTX 670 Power Edition, and considering the 660 Ti sports nearly identical architecture, we’re expecting very big results today with this new card. Let’s get to it, and see what types of numbers this MSI card can put up on the bench.