According to recent news, the next generation of graphics processors from AMD and Nvidia is not going to arrive anytime soon. We won’t have new graphics cards until at least the fourth quarter of this year, so their manufacturers keep on extending their existing product line-ups in every price category, trying to make them even more attractive to end-users. Competition is tough here. It is not enough to put an original cooler and pre-overclock a card to make it a bestseller. In this review we’ll see how ASUS solves this problem with its GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II OC. ASUS has as many as four original GeForce GTX 660s and ours is not the fastest version. But it is quite an exciting product all the same, as you will see shortly.
The detailed technical specifications of the new Asus card are summed up in the table below side by side with those of the reference Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 (the differences are marked with bold font):
Packaging and Accessories
The ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II OC is shipped in a large eye-catching box, the claw marks on its face side resembling Wolverine’s.
The card’s key features are indicated below. For more detailed information about the product you can refer to the back of the box.
There’s a plain black cardboard box inside the colorful wrapper. The graphics card is additionally packaged into a plastic pack.
The packaging is reliable, but the card might have been fixed better inside the box. The accessories include a CD with drivers and utilities, a quick installation guide, and a DVI->D-Sub adapter:
Unfortunately, there is no power cable here and no extras like free games or something.
Manufactured in China, the ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II OC costs $239, which is only $20 more expensive than the reference GTX 660. It is shipped with a 3-year warranty.