Notwithstanding the different clock rates of the eight GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards we’ve tested today, the slowest of them is only 6 to 8% behind the fastest. This difference doesn’t show up much in real-life applications. However, considering that the difference in price is only about $10, most of us will surely prefer the fastest versions, even for purely psychological reasons. The performance of the KFA2 model suggests that 3 GB of memory doesn’t ensure any tangible benefits compared to 2 GB, at least in 1920x1080 with antialiasing enabled. That’s why such factors as noisiness and efficient cooling become the most important criteria for choosing the best GeForce GTX 660 Ti. Overclocking potential is important too, yet we can’t evaluate it properly with only one sample of each card. So, below you can read our brief summary about each of the tested products.
ASUS GeForce GTX 660Ti DirectCU II TOP seems to be the best choice among these GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards. Besides the highest default GPU clock rate, it features an exceptionally quiet and efficient cooler that can satisfy both a noise-conscious user and an overclocker. Overclockers will also appreciate its custom PCB with high-quality components and its 3-year warranty. The scanty accessories are not up to the product status, yet we don’t think this is a crucial factor. Thus, this product is undoubtedly our Editor’s Choice:
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Superclocked is a copy of the reference card with a slightly overclocked GPU. We have a lot of respect for EVGA, but, unfortunately, the company loses this round by taking the last place in our competition. Noisy and relatively inefficient cooler, simple reference PCB and mediocre results in our overclocking and performance tests determined our decision. Maybe this is the reason why EVGA has already discontinued this product, replacing it with a more interesting FTW modification.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti Ultra Durable represented Gigabyte gloriously in this roundup. Like the other six products, it is inferior to the ASUS in acoustic performance and temperature tests, but by a very small margin. Moreover, Gigabyte outperformed all other cards, except Zotac, in our benchmarks. And taking into account Gigabyte’s user-friendly pricing, it is our absolute pleasure to award Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti Ultra Durable our second place title – the Recommended Buy:
Inno3D GeForce GTX 660 Ti HerculeZ2000S is yet another product with a reference PCB but, unlike the EVGA card, it features a unique and rather high-performance cooler. Unfortunately, they forgot to increase the default frequencies, so the Inno3D GeForce GTX 660 Ti HerculeZ2000S is the only card in this review to have the same frequencies as the reference sample.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 660 Ti EX OC 3GB (also known as Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB) features an impressively efficient cooler. Even its improved PCB design, borrowed from the flagship GTX 680 EX OC, is not as advantageous as the cooler, which keeps the GPU temperature 10°C lower compared to the other cards. The pre-overclocked GPU, moderate noisiness, and second place in terms of noise/temperature in overclocked mode are the reasons why decided to award KFA2/Galaxy product our Ultimate Innovation title:
MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5/OC TwinFrozr IV is a product we can’t find anything wrong with. It is a high-quality device with expensive components, an efficient cooler, overclocked GPU and eye-catching exterior design. The dust removal feature is quite unique. If MSI card were just a little quieter, faster and cooler, it would rival the Gigabyte or even the ASUS card easily. We would definitely recommend it for purchasing, if you can’t get any of the leading products.
Palit GeForce GTX 660 Ti JetStream consists of a reference PCB, unique cooler and overclocked GPU and memory. It is the noisy JetStream cooler that doesn’t let us recommend this product. The engineers should work a little more on the plastic casing with fans to reduce the noise it generates and make the card more attractive in this respect. However, we should give Palit due credit for demonstrating the highest GPU overclocking potential of all the cards tested today.
Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Ti AMP! Edition is the smallest graphics card in this roundup and also the fastest across all the performance benchmarks. Comparable to the other cards in default GPU frequency, it features well-overclocked memory that helps it beat the others in sheer speed. It is inferior to the leaders of this test session in temperature and acoustic performance, though. Hopefully, the recently released AMP! Extreme Edition is better in this respect.