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Asus GTX 660Ti DirectCU II TOP Graphics Card Review
11 February 2013
Conclusion: Like we have seen with Gigabyte cards, Asus cards are quickly becoming a regular customer to our test benches and so we are getting a better feel for how they perform before we even get them fired up. As said back at the start of the review, we have seen one of Asus’ TOP cards before, powered by a Radeon HD 7770 , and that gave us an insight into the quality control that goes in to each card.
Summary: ASUS has been rocking it hard lately with the DirectCU II models of graphics cards. The concept works out really well for them as it covers all the basic demands you as a gamer will require. Game performance, cooling, and noise are way above the default baseline and that's great. This TOP model takes it even a little further with a nice factory overclock. So from A to Z the variables for a successful product simply are done right.
Summary: Compared to the XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition the ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP provided a better gameplay experience at 1080p in every game except for
The Witcher 2
. The better performance made a substantial difference in these other 4 games. The ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP also outperformed the XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition in 3 of 5 highest playable settings tests. In the other two games it was not much farther behind in performance.
Summary: ASUS has launched three custom GeForce GTX 660 Ti video cards. Today we have the "top" end of these three video cards, the ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP. Featuring a high factory overclock and custom cooling we review it against a GeForce GTX 670 and overclocked Radeon HD 7950 to find out which offers the best gaming.
Conclusion: Nvidia fans with a $300 budget should make an effort and gather up more funds for ASUS’ GeForce GTX 660Ti DirectCU II TOP video card as the product is really worth it. Gamers that want a fast card at this price mark, that would like to have it pre-overclocked and never bother with overclocking should know that this is probably the best solution for them.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: Plenty of additional GPU overclocking headroom, Keeps pace with $420 Radeon HD 7970, DirectCU-II cools GPU extremely well, Digital DIGI, VRM alloy power components, Best overall value for DX11 video games, Short profile fits into standard size computer cases, Triple-display and 3D Vision Surround support, Cooling fan operates at nearly-silent sound level, Supports cutting-edge DisplayPort monitor connectivity, Very low loaded power consumption, Kepler enables TXAA and...
Cons: Heated air is exhausted back into computer case, 192-bit bandwidth may potentially create bottleneck on memory-intensive games
Excerpt: ASUS has been on a consistent roll recently with every Nvidia 6 series release and it is continuing with the 660 Ti as they drop in again and dressed to impress in full DirectCU II garb and bearing the TOP Edition muscle. Does it have what it needs to top the charts?
Summary: I must admit I don’t like being beaten when it comes to overclocking, I like to at least achieve a small increase even if it’s just a percent or two. But in the case of the ASUS GEFORCE GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP graphics card ASUS have done an excellent job in finding, what appears to be the limit of a GEFORCE GTX 660 Ti. This is ideal if you want your graphics card running at its maximum without you having to go through overclocking the card yourself.
Excerpt: Nvidia's 28nm "Kepler" architecture has produced some impressive high-end graphics cards, such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 . Both those cards cost more than £300, though, which will put them out of reach of all but the most hardcore enthusiasts. With that in mind, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the follow-up to one of last year's best enthusiast graphics cards - the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti .
Excerpt: 4 Flares 4 Flares × The graphics card industry is one of the fastest moving – with Nvidia and AMD battling it out for the performance crown and more importantly, sales. Today we are looking at the brand new Asus GTX 660 TI Direct CU II TOP which features a custom two fan cooling solution and pre-overclocked speeds. How does the new solution fit into the market? Is it worth an upgrade?