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NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660 2GB Reference Video Card Review (Page 1)

With one more release date to break for the 600 video card series, we check out the upcoming GEFORCE GTX 660 from NVIDIA.
By: Shawn Baker from Sep 3, 2012 @ 11:03 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: NVIDIA



We're a little later then we had hoped this time bringing you our look at the upcoming GEFORCE GTX 660. While we actually received our first retail sample about a week ago it wasn't till a week later that we managed to score a reference card from a company that gave us the ability to bring you an early look at the new GTX 660 that NVIDIA is set to launch in just over a week.

We're being super cautious this time as NVIDIA seemed to work really hard to figure out where our GTX 660 Ti sample came from originally to the point where they seemed to just blame everyone hoping that one company would eventually crack. Because of that we're not going to be including a GPU-Z screenshot or anything like that. We will cover the main specifications of the card, though. It's fairly safe to say, though, that our track record speaks for itself when it comes to having the latest NVIDIA cards prior to the official release date.

The GTX 660 marks almost the end of the 600 series that we're interested in with only one more model due in the form of the GTX 650. There's no denying that the GTX 660 is going to be one of the more important models for NVIDIA and consumers, though, as it hits in at that mid $200 price bracket, one of the most popular price points when it comes to quantity. What kind of performance does a mid-$200 NVIDIA based video card bring to the table this time around, though? Well there's ultimately only one way to find out and that is to benchmark it.

There's really not much more that we need to talk about. We'll quickly cover the main specifications and once we've done that we'll move onto test system side of things and cover the cards that we'll be using in our graphs today before we finally get into the performance side of things.


Out of the box a reference clocked GTX 660 is going to come in with a 980MHz core which via boost gets pushed up to 1033MHz. A lot like the GTX 660 Ti, though, we should see companies offer overclocked variants of the model quite quickly. Some of the other main specifications include 960 CUDA cores which compares to the 1344 present on the GTX 660 Ti.

On the memory side of things we've got 2GB of GDDR5 on a 192-bit memory bus which is the same as the GTX 660 Ti. As far as clocks go we've also got the same 6008MHz QDR present. The big difference between the GTX 660 and the more expensive Ti, though, is the CUDA cores.

How much difference, though, we'll find out in just a moment. For now let's quickly see what's going on with our testbed and the cards that we'll be including in our graphs today.

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