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MSI GEFORCE GTX 660 Twin Frozr 2GB OC Video Card Review - Benchmarks - Test System Setup

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: MSI



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


With our testbed fairly well covered above let's just quickly get into the video cards that will be seen in our graphs today.


Alongside the MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr 2GB OC we've also got the reference clocked GTX 660. This will give us an idea what the overclock does for performance.


Along with that we've got a number of other NVIDIA based cards including the older GTX 580, new GTX 660 Ti as well as the GTX 670 and GTX 680.


We've also got a bunch of cards on the AMD side of things which include the main competition to the GTX 660, the HD 7870. Above that we've also got the HD 7950, HD 7970 and new 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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