Gigabyte GTX660Ti Windforce Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Gigabyte GTX660Ti Windforce Review  

Introduction

We all enjoy the results possible from the very highest levels of hardware. Nobody dreams of owning something middle-of-the-road after all. Aspiring to own the premium enthusiast products is what keeps us all coming back for more, finding out what is possible when money is no object.

However, unless you happen to have recently won the lottery or your Uncle is a Lord, it's very likely that you do the same as we do. You look at how much performance is available within your budget and get the best value you can afford. If you were in the market for a graphics card in the last generation it was difficult to tear your eyes away from the incredible value for money that was given to us by the nVidia GTX560Ti.

We recently took a look at the GTX670, the follow up to our favourite card from the last generation, the GTX570, and we found it was a powerhouse of a thing. Comparing it to the last generation was akin to comparing an i7 to a Q6600. So you can imagine the relish with which we sat down to take a look at the follow-up to the midrange king, here in Gigabyte Windforce guise.

What better way to start your Thursday and the ride towards the weekend than seeing if nVidia can capture lightning in a bottle twice. Welcome, to the GTX660Ti.

Technical Specifications

The default GTX660Ti clocks in at 915MHz, but the Gigabyte Windforce comes out of the box at just over 1GHz, with another 78MHz available from the boost mode. The other big number to grab your attention is actually a small one. A TDP of a mere 150W. A 25% reduction in the power draw of the big GTX680. If you're looking for a card that is not only affordable to purchase, but affordable to run, then this might be just the ticket.

Graphics Clusters4
SMXs7
CUDA Cores1344
Texture Units112
ROPs24
Base Clock1033 MHz
Boost Clock1111 MHz
Memory Clock6008 MHz
L2 Size384KB
Total Memory 2048MB GDDR5
Memory Interface192-bit
Memory Bandwidth144.2GB/s
Fabrication Process28nm
Transistor Count3.54 Billion
Connectors2 Dual-Link DVI
1 HDMI
1 DisplayPort
Form FactorDual Slot
Power Input2x 6-pin PCIe
TDP150W
Thermal Limit 98°C

 

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16-08-2012, 09:02:43

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...130842439l.jpg

The latest batch of midrange nVidia cards is upon us, and we start with the Gigabyte Windforce.

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16-08-2012, 09:05:29

Fractal
Ooh I Liked the 560Ti, lets hope this does good too.
Edit: Shame about the price, was looking at getting a 660Ti fir my brother as an upgrade =/.

16-08-2012, 09:28:09

yassarikhan786
I don't mind the blue PCB at all, but that cooler looks utterly horrendous on that PCB.

Performance wise, it looks to be competing with the 7950. The Unigine result was surprising though.

The price is a big let down as well. It's so close to a 670, is there even a point to a 660 ti and for that matter a 680. What are Nvidia doing?

16-08-2012, 09:42:28

AverageNinja
I'm still going for the GTX 670 I think. In some games (that I will play a lot) the GTX 670 still performs 10fps better than the 660ti.

16-08-2012, 10:01:37

dipzy


I do not like the cooler at all. If its expected to come at £270, a 670 is worth going for. The 660ti should more closer to the £200 mark than the £300

16-08-2012, 10:05:09

AverageNinja
Quote:
Originally Posted by dipzy View Post


I do not like the cooler at all. If its expected to come at £270, a 670 is worth going for. The 660ti should more closer to the £200 mark than the £300
I'm with you in this argument. I think the 660Ti isn't worth it over the 650Ti when it's released, but can't really compete a lot with the GTX 670. At skyrim the GTX 670 even beats the 660Ti with 30fps.

16-08-2012, 10:07:39

kullzer
i payed 330€ for my oc sapphire with 950 on clock and black pcb,
im glad i dident waited

16-08-2012, 11:04:30

wotevajjjj
pointless card it seems... cost the same as a 7950 here.. so the 7870 competitor will be the 550ti ?
Edit: just checked, the 7950 is €10 cheaper..also the newer ones have even higher speeds for people who don't clock themselves. And it's ugly xd and that comes from a gigabyte fan..

16-08-2012, 11:13:59

garih
hmm, makes me question my purchase of sapphire 7870oc for £215 2 weeks ago.

16-08-2012, 11:45:02

seumasbeathan
So it is going to be £20-£30 more than a 7950? Seems a bit pointless to me tbh

16-08-2012, 11:51:39

garih
Isn't it only £280ish, that is same money as the 7950 on amazon depending on the card.

16-08-2012, 12:15:27

Gurt11
I can say that in Belgium (and the Netherlands is the same comparison but like €10/€20 less for everything) the pricing is roughly this:

- AMD 7870 : €319
- GTX 660Ti : €349
- AMD 7950 : €369
- GTX 670 : €429
- AMD 7970 : €439

So not more than a 7950. Prices of the 660Ti's are expected to drop towards €300 when more shops have them available. I think this 660Ti card is thι way to go if you have one full HD screen and want best bang for the buck. It'll run everything just fine. Most of the times max settings, only sometimes having to take it down just a notch. Great job from Nvidia if you ask me *looks at his 5770 crossfire... Sigh.*

16-08-2012, 13:28:43

parshnip
Here in Canada the 660ti is 300 bucks. Compared to the 670 which is $400 and the 680 which is $500. The 7970 here is also $400 and the 7950 is $300. So at $300 which card do you guys think is best (single screen 1080p gaming)?At $400?

16-08-2012, 13:32:11

seumasbeathan
I say 7950

16-08-2012, 13:53:10

AverageNinja
Is the GTX 670 $400?
Then get the GTX 670!

16-08-2012, 16:03:47

NRG!
This card is indescribably hideous.

16-08-2012, 16:08:55

FOX91
When I first saw the performance numbers of the 660Ti, I was beginning to regret buying a 560Ti this spring but when I saw the price it comes at in Estonia - € 333 (while my 560Ti was € 210), I felt a bit better about my choice.

16-08-2012, 18:02:39

nepas
Quote:
Originally Posted by NRG! View Post
This card is indescribably hideous.
No,I think you did a good job imo.

16-08-2012, 20:05:12

PapaSmurf6768
Quote:
Originally Posted by NRG! View Post
This card is indescribably hideous.
+ 1 million.

17-08-2012, 01:04:27

airdeano
wtf? was there an ugly design contest? all these well-known manies kickin' out some gawd
aweful looking
cooling designs.. the simple EVGA reference is so much more eye-pleasing. and i am not a reference kinda-guy.
it'll make the water-cooling GPU blocks sell a heck of a lot faster.
there are something that just make you say buhhhh..

airdeano
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