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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ultra Durable 2GB (GV-N660OC-2GD)

Not as prolific as EVGA, Gigabyte still offers a couple of interesting GeForce GTX 660s. We’re going to take a look at the fastest of them. It’s called Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ultra Durable.

There’s a robot eye looking at you from the front of the box. The card’s model name, memory type and amount and cooling system are also mentioned there.

 

Its specs are listed on the back of the box. You can also find descriptions of the cooler and Ultra Durable 2 technology there.

The accessories are limited to a power cable and a brief installation guide.

There is even no CD with drivers and utilities, let alone any bonuses like a free game or something. Of course, it is not a top-end graphics card, yet the other two come with more accessories. Manufactured in Taiwan, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ultra Durable costs $229 and has a 2-year warranty.

Gigabyte’s original graphics cards can be easily identified by the curvy outline of the cooling system which makes them most attractive.

The two 90mm fans with translucent blades and the black glossy frame on top of the heatsink cover the entire face side of the PCB. The card is 256 mm long.

The Gigabyte offers a standard selection of outputs including two DVI connectors, one HDMI and one DisplayPort.

The SLI and power connectors are perfectly standard, too.

  

The power requirements coincide with those of the reference card: 140/450 watts.

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 comes from the Ultra Durable 2 series, meaning that it employs high-quality long-lasting components such as Japanese solid-state capacitors, ferrite-core chokes and low-RDS(on) MOSFETs.

The PCB follows the reference design with a 4+1-phase power system.

The revision A1 GPU is dated the 30th week of 2012 (the second half of July).

It is clocked at 1033/1098 MHz, which is higher than the reference card's but lower than the EVGA's GPU frequency. The memory chips are identical to the EVGA's.

 

 
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