IMG 2533 ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP 2GB Review

We pit ASUS's non-reference DirectCU II TOP variant of the GTX 660Ti (with the latest 305.68 drivers) against its direct competitor AMD Radeon HD 7950 with Boost (Catalyst 12.8), on modern games like Battlefield 3, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the wildly popular Sleeping Dogs!

The recently released Kepler GK104 based GTX 660 Ti is, for the most part, similar to the highly regarded GTX 670 with the exception of a 192-bit memory controller as opposed to the briefier 256-bit on the latter. We also saw a plethora of hot-clocked non-reference designs at its inception, with ASUS delivering their usual DirectCU II TOP take on it. The "TOP" designation in the product name refers to specially binned ASICs that are garranteed to run at clock speeds higher than the average joe.

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We have seen the same box design from ASUS on the previous GTX680 and GTX670, extolling the benefits of their offering over the others.

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Its worth noting that the US and Europe buyers of the GTX 660 Ti will get a free copy of the upcoming Borderlands 2, while Asian consumers will have to make do with a spartan bundle.

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Display outputs configuration remains unchanged (dual DVI, single HDMI and DisplayPort) from the rest of the GTX600 Kepler family.

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While it shares many similarities to the black PCB of the GTX 670 DC2T that we've reviewed not too long ago, the 660Ti doesn't come with a backplate at the back. A beefy four micro-capacitors can be found behind the GPU core, which can give it more instantaneous power as opposed to just two on the regular board. 

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