Excerpt: As the year comes to an end we're going to see the video card market quiet down as companies have released almost everything they want over the last few months. Unlike motherboards, we don't see video card companies offer these refreshes. Instead once they've kind of done their initial push, that's very much the end of it.
Excerpt: When we checked out the reference GTX 660 just the other week we didn't find ourselves getting the same "wow" factor that we got from other GTX 600 based models like the GTX 660 Ti, GTX 670 and GTX 680. That's not to say it's not a good video card, but ultimately we found that the GTX 660 didn't hold any real surprises as it lined up almost perfectly against its main competitor, AMD's Radeon HD 7870.
Excerpt: Much to the horror of NVIDIA and a number of their partners, we had the opportunity to look at the new GTX 660 Ti GPU in both stock form and overclocked form well ahead of the official launch today. Today we look at our first retail sample based on the new GPU and that comes from MSI in the form of the GTX 660 Ti 2GB Power Edition.
Summary: NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 660 Ti will be a hit of that I am sure. The card delivers excellent performance levels at reasonable power consumption, which enables board partners to create low-noise custom designs. The new GTX 660 Ti is almost twice as fast as the last-generation GTX 560 Ti, but comes at a $50 higher introductory cost.
MSI's GTX 660 Ti Power Edition uses the company's TwinFrozr cooler that we have seen on many cards before, and it works well.
Pros: Overclocked out of the box, Large performance increase over last generation, Good overclocking potential, Very quiet, Higher performance than other cards at the same clock, Up to four active displays makes Surround gaming possible with one card, Native full-size HDMI & DisplayPort output, Support for PCI-Express 3.0 and DirectX 11.1, Support for CUDA and PhysX
Cons: Memory not overclocked, Dynamic OC can't be turned off, Manual overclocking more complicated than before, No technology similar to AMD's ZeroCore power