Inno3D GTX 660Ti – The Touted King of the Mid-Level Category
NVidia’s GTX 600 Series has been keeping me on my toes. I could not hide my excitement with the way these cards are giving me surprising data as well as hours of fun doing these game and bench reviews. And I’m still awed and amazed by the performance they’ve been churning out. With the reviews on the so called Mighty Midgets and the Mid-level Performer already out. It’s time we up the ante and present to you the King of the Mid-Level Category the NVidia GTX660Ti.
The Inno3D GTX660ti is a probably powerful mid-entry level gaming card able to handle most of the demanding titles on the market today and more. I couldn’t get the GTX 670 as midlevel since its performance is almost similar to the GTX 680 based on previous reviews.
Will the GTX660Ti impress us, let’s find out…
OUT OF THE BOX
The GTX 660ti from Inno3D came in a box with a very nice themed designed of a high powered engine at the front. Like its siblings all came with the usual simple boxed themed design.
At the back side it like the GTX 660 it promotes itself able to drive the hottest titles such as Max Payne 3, The Secret World and Borderlands 2. The card is promising a FASTER, SMOOTHER and RICHER experience like no other along with Direct X 11 compatibility, PCI 3.0 Express interface and 1080p Playback Full HD Compliant. Will it deliver? Let’s take an in-depth look further then…
Opening the box we find the package which contains the Graphics card as well as a DVI to VGA Connector, a 6pin VGA to 4pin Molex converter, the Driver CD and a small manual for Power Supply guidelines.
Once we got the card outside of the protective film we are greeted with a reference design card. This is very similar to the GTX660 we reviewed previously. However unlike the GTX660, the GTX 660Ti has a green NVidia logo beside the Blower.
INNO3D utilized a black PCB for this model and designed it to be compact. It uses a Dual 6pin as power source. The Card is capable of a 3 Way SLI and can occupy only two slots on your board.
It has a Dual DVI input, HDMI and Display Port. Sadly the package only included a DVI to VGA Connector.
Product Name: Inno3D GTX660Ti
CUDA Cores: 1344
Graphics Clock-Base Clock / Boost Clock (MHz): 915/980
Processor Clock (MHz): 1830
Memory Clock: 6GBPS
Standard Memory: 1024 (1GB)
Memory Interface: GDDR5
Memory Interface Width: 128bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/Sec): 144
Bus Support: PCI-E 3.0 x16
Supports: DX11, CUDA, PhysX, 3D Vision, 3D Vision Surround
SLI Options: 3-Way
Multi Monitor: 3 Active Monitor Support in 3D + 1 Monitor in 2D Mode
Maximum Resolution (per Output): 2560x1600
Maximum VGA Resolution (per Output): 2048x1536
HCDP/HDMI Compliant Ready: HDMI 1.4a
Card Dimensions: 242mm Length x 111mm Height, Dual Slot
Maximum GPU Temperatures (in Celsius with ambient of 55c): 97c
Maximum Power Draw: 170watts
Minimum Power Requirement: 500Watts PSU
Fan Type: Blower type
TESTING AND BENCHMARKING
Testing the card in real world scenarios will gauge this cards performance. So instead of the usual test bench where they use Intel systems; we will be using an AMD System, which is a common system for a lot of the TPC community members.
Most of the gamers and LAN shops we know here in the Philippines use AMD for their personal and shop set-ups. We hope that through this review, they can better relate, assess, and readily gauge the performance of this card.
Test Bed Specs:
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965BE 3.4Ghz
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws non X 1600Mhz CL8
HSF: Corsair H100
Motherboard: Asrock 990FX Fatal1ty Professional
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 500GB 7200RPM
Case: Aerocool X-Predator Black Modded
PSU: FSP Raider 750watts 80+ Bronze
Monitor: ViewSonic VX2233 LCD Full HD 1920x 1080p @ 60Hz
Used Resolution: 1650 x 1050 (Since the targeted market are gamers who are on a budget/LAN Shop Owners/”The Masa” with a conservative assumption that they mostly use 19”/18.5” monitors or resolutions at this setting)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
Graphics Driver Version: NVidia 310.70
Benchmark Software: 3dMark 11 Professional Ver 1.0.4
Games: Far Cry 3, Sleeping Dogs, Batman Arkham City, Metro 2033, RE 6 Benchmark Tool and Battlefield 3
We tested the GTX 660ti using 3Dmark 11 version 1.0.4 using the 'Performance Mode'.
On Stock settings, the GTX 660Ti garnered an impressive score of 6484 Marks
3DMark URL: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5242017
At 6484 Marks Stock, the GTX 660Ti blew away its Fermi big brother the GTX 560Ti with a 4366 Marks at Stock, an astonishing 48.51% increase from its Fermi Predecessor.
3DMark URL: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4913108
As well eating making GTX560 eat dust at 4120 Marks at stock - a 57.38% Increase.
3DMark URL: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/3276959
I overclocked this card to see if it can really perform as advertised without bumping any voltage while squeezing a little bit of juice. The first OC result just produced 7315 Marks, or a slight increase of 12.82%
3DMark URL: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5282772
Once again I asked a hardcore gamer friend of mine Orenobaka to help me out with the benchmarks since we wanted to test this out on real gaming situations and get his thoughs about the card.
Note: FC3 is pretty much playable even on Ultra-settings Just don’t turn on the AA XD
Resident Evil 6 Benchmark Tool
Living up to the name King of the Mid-Level Category, The GTX 660Ti is as impressive as its midget siblings. I am very impressed with its performance as it blew me away with its impressive FPS on top notch and GPU intensive Games.
BF3 at 60 to 66FPS is stunning to begin with, GPU Heavy Metro 2033 still touted as a monster eating GPU Game was easily being manhandled by the GTX660Ti with 48FPS when Vsync is on and 50FPS when Vsync is Turned Off.
Far Cry 3 is easily playable at 35FPS when Vsync is on and went loose at 59FPS making the bad ass Villain Vaas Montenegro pay for what he did to you and your comrades.
Batman Arkham City at 60FPS and Sleeping Dogs at 49FPS were a sight to behold. The card is churning out very impressive numbers that shot right out from its midget siblings.
The Inno3d GTX 660Ti is the touted total performer in the Mid-Range Category. This card packs a lot with the FPS going off the charts while eating monster titles like Far Cry 3 and the graphics hungry Battlefield 3 in Multi-Player Environment.
The PHYSX component was a beauty as it let us play with so much with ease, on such as demanding game like Metro 2033, Batman Arkham City and Sleeping Dogs. We never had any problems of hanging or crashing in any that we played. Even at Resident Evil 6 Benchmark Tools it scored an S Rank at 9143 and can be played at very high resolutions.
Currently Priced at PHP12,990.00 (US$324.75), Shelling this out should not be a problem with enthusiasts who are after a powerful mid-range card.
» Decently priced
» Looks and feel are both sturdy and are very good
» Can Play Graphics Hungry Games such as Battlefield 3 at 60 t 66fps
» 170watts Full Load but the performance won’t make you think twice as compare to the GTX560Ti at 150watts
» 3 Way SLI Function
» The addition of a Full Size HDMI and Display Port is a welcome sight
» Flimsy Packaging
» Could have provided an SLI Bridge at least
This Card Scores a 5/5 for me as it gives off a better performance level than the surprise performer the GTX 660 it’s the real deal in the midlevel department maintaining an astounding impact in performance, looks and hours of fun. With the capability to do a three way SLI this card is a BEAST waiting to be UNLEASHED. This is card truly is the KING of the mid-level category.
“Again this keeps on getting better and better and the gaming experience makes me want to go NVIDIA again. After all with 3 Way SLI Technology, and performing with a high PHYSX Component output as well as No Worries on Power Consumption. You won’t mind pulling out your wallet for this good reference type card. This is the Card for you both for work or for gaming” – TPC Orenobaka