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MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition

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Posted August 16, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards

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Release Date: Aug. 16, 2012
 
Price at time of Review: $310
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Killer performance, Low temperatures, Low noise, Voltage-tweak overclocking, Upgraded power design, Excellent value
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Larger than reference design, heavy.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Outstanding performance and value for gamers with a more modest budget.
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by Jake
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Summary

When Kepler first launch with the GTX 680, it was revolutionary in many regards. The GTX 670 continued those innovations forward, still maintaining excellent performance but coming with a lower price tag. And now the GTX 660 Ti takes Kepler into more performance-oriented “mainstream” territory, hitting the $300 price range. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this new card is a racehorse under the hood, nearly as fast as the GTX 670, which isn’t surprising given its vast similarities. But the 660 Ti costs quite a bit less; in fact, the value here is so good that we’d recommend the 660 Ti over the 670 from here on out.

What even more interesting is that the GTX 660 Ti should be positioned against the Radeon 7950, but as we saw during testing, not only did this new Kepler card trounce the AMD counterpart, it also beat the flagship 7970 in many instances as well. AMD must be pretty nervous at this point, and we suspect consumers will be the beneficiaries with likely price adjustments in the near future.

In terms of innovation, the Kepler lineup features Adaptive V-Sync, FXAA improvements and performance, and multi-screen Surround support. But arguably the most ground-breaking is GPU Boost. GPU Boost, in our opinion, is nothing short of revolutionary. The concept isn’t entirely new though, as Intel’s Sandy Bridge Turbo was the real innovator, but Nvidia appears to have taken the same approach with GPUs as Intel has been with CPUs. It’s really a new way of thinking, continually monitoring and dynamically adjusting the card’s processes to provide optimal performance. And not simply gaming performance; power consumption, temperatures, and loads are all monitored and adjusted steadily for peak efficiency. Suffice it to say, we’re huge fans of GPU Boost.

Seeing the new Base Clock and Boost Clock is certainly like deja vu for overclocking enthusiasts, and the “free” turbo boost can really be seen as a value-added performance feature that is provided out of the box. In that sense, “overclocked” cards like this MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition are unquestionably a great deal, as this card is set to retail for $310, essentially giving you great cooling, low noise, and improved power design and components for only $10 more than the reference Nvidia card. Factor in the card is almost as fast as a GTX 670, and on par or better than a Radeon 7970 in many instances, and we’re left with a card that is simply outstanding.

We continue to be impressed by Nvidia’s Kepler products, and the GTX 660 Ti is an unassuming performance monster, at a price point that we think gamers can really latch onto. And MSI has done an excellent job with this particular card, offering consumers plenty of smart and value-added features for a very small price premium. Another big winner here.

MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition

 

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5 Comments


  1.  
    Williamhts

    The overclock settings doesn’t work for me, the program either crashes, i get artifacts or crash to desktop. I’ve tried to tweak the setting for a long time both with the MSI gtx 660t and MSI 460 HAWK. But nothing seems to cut it, what can it possibly be?




  2.  

    It simply means that those overclock settings aren’t stable. Every card is a bit different in terms of overclocking capability, so you’ll need to tweak your settings a bit to get it stable. You can increase the voltage and/or decrease the GPU/Memory clock speeds. Isolate them one at a time: GPU clock, Memory clock, voltage. Start by keeping the memory at stock, increase the GPU clock and voltage until you get artifacts, then back the clock down just a bit. Then increase the memory clock until unstable, then back it down just a bit. That *should* be your final stable overclock settings. Be sure to run 3DMark or MSI Kombustor to check for full stability. If you need more help, stop by our forums, we have plenty of people that can help further and in more detail!




  3.  
    PUMA1192

    I have the MSI GTX 660ti PE, an Intel 2500K i5 3.3 GHz , 8GB RAM and ASUS Z-77 motherboard.

    I’m using MSI Afterburner and Kombustor to do the tweaking, but I can’t seem to find a stable overclock to save my life. The first thing I do is put the power limit % all the way up (since I read that Kepler GPU’s scale down if they reach the power limit.) Then I put the Core Voltage all the way up (+100) in order to make sure that the GPU gets all the power it needs. However, when I run the Tessy Speres on Plane v2 (GL4) stress test with Core Clock up just +50 and the Memory Clock at +0, I notice artifacts. If I put it higher, it tends to crash. I’m running the test at a 1080p resolution with AA at 8x MSAA.

    What am I doing wrong, and how do I go about getting a stable overclock close to the beautiful results you attained? I’m using Crysis 1 as a test on ultra settings with AA on max, but it tends to crash with or without overclock settings at certain points of the game. I’m very confused, as I was led to believe that this card could handle BF3 on ultra (which is a much newer game), so I would expect it could handle Crysis. Would overclocking my CPU help at all? Could the high AA have a role in this? Please help.

    BTW, my card comes with Default Clock of 1020 MHz, Default Memory of 1502 MHz and a Default Boost of 1098 MHz (I used GPU-Z to get these figures.)




    •  

      Hey Puma,

      A few things to keep in mind that overclocks vary, and especially amongst Kepler cards. There can be a considerable variance amongst clocks now, so it’s possible you have a card that won’t go very high.

      The other thing to keep in mind is that max’ing out the voltage and power % doesn’t necessarily mean high clocks. Overclocking graphics cards takes some playing around and patience. They’re more touchy than CPUs.

      Overclocking your CPU would help with overall game performance. Playing Ultra on BF3 can be a stretch, but it depends on the resolution you’re running as well. Don’t believe company claims that a card can play a certain games at MAX settings. Sure, it may play the game, but not necessarily very well. Is 30FPS playable? Sure. Is it great? No. Besides, dialing down the image quality on BF3 from Ultra to High won’t result in much noticeable visual drop, but it will increase performance. Same thing with AA. 8xAA will hurt a card, so drop it to 4xAA. You won’t really see a difference running around in game, but the performance will increase. So drop the AA and go to High and you should see a big jump in performance without losing much quality at all.

      Hope that helps.




  4.  
    n3m37h

    MSI 660TI PE 2GD5/OC and 2 Years later and this card still rocks, I have a triple monitor setup and it can play most games at 5760×1080 (3×1920 x 1080)
    Can play BF4 @1920×1080 at 60fps with almost everything on ultra.
    This card can overclock really well, got the ram up to 7008 mhz (1702mhz x 4)

    http://gpuz.techpowerup.com/14/05/01/fp7.png





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