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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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Summary

Since the initial launch of the GeForce GTX 680, the Nvidia Kepler family of cards have proven to be juggernauts for the most part, providing an excellent combination of performance, innovation, features, and value offered to consumers. That includes the GTX 670 and 660 Ti, with the launch of the GTX 660 continuing that trend for the most, though it’s not quite the powerhouse of its more powerful siblings. While this new card shares a very similar nomenclature to the 660 Ti, the reality is this GTX 660 is a bit handcuffed due to the fewer cores. But it’s not as expensive either, instead focusing on the competition’s Radeon 7850 and 7870 offerings.

It’s safe to say the GTX 660 beats the Radeon 7850 in nearly every facet, and matches up very well against the 7870, beating it in many instances but falling back in a few too, though it does depend on the particular game title. That said, this new Nvidia card does offer dynamic overclocking, voltage and power control, not to mention GPU Boost which is groundbreaking, all of which are clearly lacking in Radeon cards, so the advantage goes to Nvidia beyond the framerate charts.

MSI’s Twin Frozr III is a previous generation design (with the TF IV now available on more premium card models) but it continues to impress us, maintaining outstanding temperatures and lower noise levels under load. The cooler does add a bit of additional weight due to the metal shroud, but the stability bar across the top of the PCB helps avoid problems of twisting or warping when sitting in a motherboard PCI Express slot. And under the hood, the all solid capacitors will help prolong the lifespan of the card, coupled with a 3 year warranty provided by MSI.

In terms of value, we’ve seen recent price drops by AMD in response to Nvidia’s impressive Kepler cards, so a non-reference Radeon 7870 currently retails for about $260 or more. With the MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr set to retail around $240, we think that’s a great deal considering it’s rather evenly matched in performance against the 7870. Factor in the Kepler-only GPU Boost, dynamic clock and voltage control, and low temperatures, and we believe the GTX 660 is the victor.

We continue to be impressed by Nvidia’s Kepler products, and the GTX 660 extends that trend into more mainstream territory with a very enticing price tag for gamers on a more modest budget. With full Kepler features and respectable horsepower at a great price point, we think MSI has done an great job here with the GTX 660 Twin Frozr.

MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr

 

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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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