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MSI GEFORCE GTX 660 Ti 2GB Power Edition Video Card Overclocked - Benchmarks - Test System Setup

We overclock our first retail NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660 Ti and see just how powerful the Power Edition is from MSI when put to the test.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 17, 2012 6:47 am
Manufacturer: MSI

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS and Corsair.

 

Looking above you can see our X79 testbed with everything covered; because of that we'll just quickly get into the cards that will be included in our graphs today.

 

Outside of the overclocked MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition, we also have the video card running at its stock out of the box clock speeds, while we also have the reference clocked GTX 660 Ti to see just what kind of performance increase we get from the overclock here today compared to that.

 

We've also got the two GTX 600 big brothers; the GTX 670 and GTX 680. We've also got a number of AMD video cards starting with the HD 7870. Along with that we've also got the HD 7950, HD 7970 and recently updated version of the HD 7970, the HD 7970 GHz Edition.

 

Let's get started!

 

 

The FPS Numbers Explained

 

When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.

 

30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.

 

60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.

 

120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.

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