Overclocking potential at the moment on the upcoming GTX 660 is a little hit and miss. It's going to really come down to if we have the ability to adjust the core voltage which will help boost the overall numbers a bit more as we know that an increase in core speed is going to give us a stronger boost, compared to an increase in memory clocks.
Like we said in our reference card review the GTX 660 is looking to be a good model, but it isn't quite giving us the "WOW" factor that we experienced from other GEFORCE 600 series models. The pricing and performance of the model is exactly what you'd expect and while that's not a bad thing, considering we've been left a bit shell shocked over the last few months with other NVIDIA cards, it's probably a little disappointing as the GTX 660 doesn't hit us as hard as we may have expected.
The only thing we really wonder now is the availability side of things, but mid-range models tend to never be an issue so some launch day we should see a strong lineup of GTX 660s from companies with aftermarket coolers that move away from the reference design and clock speeds that are also above the reference model speeds.
If you pick up a HD 7870 or a GTX 660 in the coming weeks there's really no bad choice as both models seem to be nearly identical in most respects. If we had to ultimately choose between one or the other, though, we'd probably lean a little more on the AMD side of things just because you're more likely to get it at a cheaper price thanks to rebate offers.
It's pretty impressive that the GTX 660, a model that will launch at a mid-$200 price bracket, manages to offer similar performance to the GTX 580, the king of the single GPU video cards just last year. At the same time, though, it's worth remembering that AMD have been able to do it with the HD 7870 for a while now, but not at the same price point it's at right now. We've only recently seen the HD 7870 come down in price and that's thanks to the aggression NVIDIA has shown on the pricing front since they launched the GTX 600 series.
You ultimately can't go too wrong picking up a HD 7870 or GTX 660. If you don't want to wait any longer, though, you can go get a HD 7870 now verse having to wait another week or two for the GTX 660 to launch which will offer almost identical performance at an almost identical price tag, if not slightly higher due to it being newer and lese rebate offers being available.
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