Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti Review (Part 1/3) – Gigabyte’s Windforce OC Edition

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Nvidia's Kepler, although arriving much later to the 28nm game, has proven itself to be a credible competitor to the Southern Islands offerings of AMD, excelling in mainstream gaming performance and energy efficiencies. What happens if you take the already cut-down 7 SMX units in the GK104 die of GTX 670 and further curtail its memory bandwidth? Well, we get a still surprisingly strong GTX 660Ti that can take on the big boys when overclocked.

The first GTX 660Ti that we will be reviewing at VR-Zone.com is Gigabyte's Windforce OC Edition 2GB, which has a different cooler and a slight overclock over the usual reference blower offerings.

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From left to right – the different GK104 cores (28nm TSMC, 3.54 million transistors) that powers the GTX 660Ti, GTX 670 and GTX 680 and a table detailing their differences.

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GTX660Ti

GTX 670

GTX 680

Shaders

1344

1536

ROPs

24

32

Texture Units

112

128

Memory Bandwidth

192-bit

256-bit

256-bit

Memory Size / Type

2GB GDDR5

Core Clock

915 MHz

1006 MHz

Boost Clock

980 MHz

1058 MHz

Memory Clock

1502 MHz

TDP

150W

170W

195W

 

Like the earlier GTX 670, the GTX 660Ti uses a cut down die with one disabled SMX unit. One of its four memory controllers have also been disabled, giving it an effective 192-bit GDDR5 bus for transfers.

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Our review sample came in a box without any accessories or documentation. We expect the retail bundle to be less spartan.

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Like the other recent Keplers, the GTX660Ti retains the same I/O configuration, with two DVI ports augmented by a HDMI and DisplayPort connector. Nvidia's 3D Surround technology is also supported.

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Gigabyte's Windforce card uses a custom blue 2oz copper PCB, and measures 10-inches long with the HSF.

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Although the TDP is rated at a small form factor friendly 150W, Gigabyte decided to give the card some power headroom for overclocking by including 2 x 6-pin PCIe (meaning 225W including PCIe slot power).

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