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MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr

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Posted September 13, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards
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Release Date: September 13, 2012
 
Price at time of Review: $240
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Impressively low temperatures, Low noise, Sleek aesthetics, Good mid-range performance, GPU Boost, Great value
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Heavier cooler design
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Respectable horsepower and excellent value for gamers on a modest budget.
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by Jake
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Introduction

We saw the launch of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 660 Ti not long ago, and it’s proven to be a rather impressive little juggernaut, competing very well against AMD’s offerings, while generally having a lower price tag and bringing some impressive new Kepler-based features such as Adaptive V-Sync, a new antialiasing mode, and the ground-breaking GPU Boost.

Today marks the launch of the GTX 660, the latest in the Kepler family, designed to target the mid-range of the gaming GPU market, with sights set squarely on the Radeon 7850 and 7870. The nomenclature of the card is a bit different from the Ti, and the specs are also slightly different, still bringing a similar lineage but less knockout horsepower under the hood. The price is also lower as well, with cards running in the $230-$240 price range for the most part.

One of the cards we’re looking at today is the MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr, a mid-range gaming workhorse that sports the sleek cooler of the same name. We’ve seen this cooler on other cards models by MSI, and we came away suitably impressed at the low temperatures and noise levels.

Can MSI continue the winning ways with the GTX 660 Twin Frozr? Can it beat the mid-range Radeon cards? Is it worth the money? Let’s dive in and answer those questions and more.

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6 Comments


  1.  
    Michael

    I wish there was a comparison between GTX 660. GTX 660 TI and its predecessor GTX 560, GTX 560 TI. GTX 560 TI was owning its tier before the GTX 600 Series came and it was still a good competitor against the newer HD 7850 of the same price bracket. I would be nice to show how “obsolete” the older cards are to tell owners if they do need an upgrade or not.




  2.  

    I share your wish. Most people aren’t interested in how old cards perform, only current ones, for the most part. But the reality is that it’s extremely difficult to test previous-generation cards, for the most part, because benchmark tests change, drivers update, and cards are generally not kept for a couple years sitting on a shelf. Occasionally it may be possible for the odd card, but rarely. Unfortunately that’s just a limitation of things.




  3.  
    greny

    I don’t know how your card get that fps in 1680X1050,but my 6850 scored min 27 fps and average 36 fps with all settings to ultra with I5 2380p .something is wrong here.




  4.  

    Unfortunately you don’t mention what benchmark, what sequence in that benchmark, what CPU speed, and what GPU speed you’re talking about. So it’s pretty much impossible to reasonably respond to your comments without more information.

    Regardless, are you trying to say a GTX 660 should get lower framerates than your 6850? That would be a mistake since the GTX 660 beats a 6850 without breaking a sweat.

    Something may indeed be wrong here…..perhaps you’re vastly overestimating the ability of a 6850?





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