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The Successor of GTX 560 Ti is Here, Meet the GeForce GTX 660 Ti

August 16th, 2012 · 20 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


Nvidia has just announced the new GeForce GTX 660 Ti GPU for use in high-performance mid-range priced graphics cards targeted at gamers. The new GeForce GTX 660 Ti GPU is here to replace the very successful GeForce GTX 560 Ti from the previous generation. The new GPU provides users with improved performance, lower power consumption, better overclockability and silent operation, but all this however comes at a slightly higher price as compared to the GTX 560 Ti ($299 USD MSRP vs $249 for the 560 Ti at launch). Below you can find the reference design specifications of the GTX 660 Ti, though most of the cards we are going to see on the market will most likely be factory overclocked…


Specifications of GeForce GTX 660 Ti:

CUDA Cores – 1344 +960
Graphics Base Clock – 915 MHz +93
Graphics Boost Clock – 980 MHz
Texture Fill Rate – 102.5 billion/sec +49.9
Standard Memory Configuration – 2048 MB GDDR5 +1024
Memory Interface Width – 192-bit -64
Memory Clock – 3004 MHz (6008 MHz effective) +1000 (2000)
Memory Bandwidth – 144.2 GB/sec +16
Texture Units (TMU) – 112 +48
Raster Operator Units (ROP) – 24 -12
Power connectors – 2x 6-pin PEG
Power consumption – 150W TDP -20
GPU Thermal Threshold – 98 degrees Celsius +1

* The numbers in red and green represent the upgrade or downgrade of the specific parameter in the GTX 660 Ti as compared to the GTX 560 Ti!



I’ve had a chance to do some testing of the new GT 660 Ti GPU on a Gigabyte GV-N66TOC-2GD card that is one of the first GeForce GTX 660 Ti-based solutions to be available on the market after the official announcement from Nvidia. As you can see from the GPU-Z screenshot above Gigabyte has significantly increased the GPU Base and Boost clock frequencies over the stock specifications and you can go even further should you decide to overclock the card yourself – there is room for even higher frequencies.



What I like about this card is the cooling solution that Gigabyte uses, it is silent and effective allowing the card to operate cooler and to use the maximum boost clock. As you can see from the image above taken after playing in stereo 3D mode in Battlefield 3 the GPU is fully loaded, but the temperature remains quite low, the cooling fans operate at low RPM and the card is working really silent, and this allows the GPU to be boosted to 1200 MHz. So Gigabyte has done a really great job with this card.

But is the GeForce GTX 660 Ti an interesting product for stereoscopic 3D gamers as compared to the GTX 560 Ti? Until now when I’ve been asked about a more budget oriented video card suitable for stereoscopic 3D gaming I was recommending the GTX 560 Ti as a minimum for a decent experience and a good performance. But the GTX 560 Ti can struggle at times with more demanding games in stereo 3D mode at lower graphic details, something that is much less of a problem with the GTX 660 Ti. So my new recommended graphics card as a minimum for stereo 3D gaming is now going to be the GTX 660 Ti, though if you can afford a faster card it will be even better.



You should not forget that the GTX 660 Ti is not the fastest card on the market, so don’t expect to be able to push everything on the max with high AA settings in every game and add stereoscopic 3D mode on top of that, however the card is more than capable of providing good framerates even for the more demanding games in High to Ultra settings with no Anti-Aliasing enabled. In the table above I’ve listed the framerate in stereo 3D mode (each eye sees that number of frames per second) you get by using the Gigabyte GV-N66TOC-2GD video card on a fairly high-end system with an Intel Core i5 2500K processor and 8GB system memory. There are two fields for each game, the minimum framerate and the average one, have in mind that when using 3D Vision you are limited to 60 fps per eye, so you cannot go higher anyway. Pretty much only Metro 2033 is still a bit too much for the GT 660 Ti at higher graphics settings in stereo 3D mode, but the game remains playable if you lower the details a bit and not use all the extra features. Of course in more demanding games like Battlefield or Skyrim you cannot go to Ultra settings and push AA filtering in stereo 3D mode, however you may still be able to go higher should you decide to play the games in non-stereoscopic 3D mode.

So the GeForce GTX 660 Ti most definitely looks very promising for stereoscopic 3D gaming on more limited budget and the good thing is that later on you could be able to add a second card in SLI setup to get some extra boost in performance and be able to push even higher fps in games even in stereo 3D mode. The GTX 660 Ti is my new must have minimum video card if you plan on playing games in stereoscopic 3D mode with 3D Vision, that is if you really want to have a nice experience and good framerates without having to sacrifice resolution of graphics details. The GTX 660 Ti isn’t going to be much slower when compared to a GTX 670 card, but with a price of about $100 USD lower the GTX 660 Ti is definitely going to be an attractive video card for gamers in general and for stereoscopic 3D ones with more limited resources in particular.

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris K. // Aug 16, 2012 at 20:47

    So I’ve been not paying attention to video card tech recently…And of course Nvidia’s docs are useless. Does this put out 3D HDMI (so’s I can play games like Skyrim on my Panasonic 3d Plasma TV?)

  • 2 Jason // Aug 17, 2012 at 00:21

    Yes Chris…You will be all set for 3DTV 720p on the Panasonic with this. I would put an overclock like this on it :

    +122 on the Voltage max
    +125 on the Core Gpu
    +350 on the memory

    You will be getting 60fps in skyrim 3DTV for sure.

  • 3 Merigoldsass // Aug 17, 2012 at 05:26

    @Jason – I have a Panasonic 50 inch ST30 3dtv and there is now an option to play pc games through HDMi at 1080p at 24hz. I am not sure if this was from a recent version/ update of Nvidia 3dTV play software or Panasonic tv update. This made Trine 2, Crysis 2, Deus Ex Human Revolution, look great in 3D. I had FRAPS running and it was stuck at 24fps possibly due to the 24hz refresh rate. However at 1080p 24hz 3d gaming felt like it was at least running at 40fps or more.

  • 4 Eqzitara // Aug 17, 2012 at 18:44

    Make sure you get any version that’s specially marked. It should be including Borderlands 2.
    $300 card with free $60 game is a pretty good deal

  • 5 Dargol // Aug 19, 2012 at 10:38

    When you are playing with 3DTV Play using a 3DTV, is the 720p-image scaled to stretch all across your 1080p-display, or are there black rims around the image?

  • 6 Bloody // Aug 19, 2012 at 12:10

    Normally the image gets scaled to cover the whole screen.

  • 7 Jett Stiles // Aug 19, 2012 at 22:08

    I’ve been reading a lot of reviews for this card and I also found some comparisons but I really wonder how this card will fare 3D-Vision-wise against my good old reference GTX470?

    Lately I found more and more games that run less than optimal on the 470 and I wonder if the new card will help me boost 3D performance to an acceptable level.

    F.e. in Sleeping Dogs I get an average 19fps during the benchmark (3D and most of the eyecandy turned on) – would this card be able to boost the experience up to where I could actually play this game in 3D?

    Also..Borderlands 2 (yes, I know noone of you has a glass ball): Looking forward to this game (so the voucher included in the card actually is a plus for me) but will I even be able to play in 3D (without sacrificing too much).

    Anway….as I said: Lately I found more and more games that didnt really ran that well so I have been eyeing a new card for a while now.

    Oh…and no, I dont mind spending 300 bucks every two years or so to get a new card – so o.c. I know the 680 or 690 are every gamers dream but imo its way overpriced for the “mileage” you get out of it.

  • 8 Eqzitara // Aug 20, 2012 at 08:33

    Jett,

    Always wait for benchmarks. Then compare price vs performance. If price to performance ratio is good then think how long will it last. Also will you have room for sli? Can your power supply handle it.

    If your going on the Budget cards, I always recommend having room/power supply good enough for a second card. In all honesty, I dont see a person using just one of those cards for 1920×1080 3d gaming. Might last for a year but past that *shrug*

  • 9 Eqzitara // Aug 20, 2012 at 08:35

    Also don’t use sleeping dogs as your *benchmark* there are no drivers for it. So while you may only get 19 right now. Will probably be better next driver update.

  • 10 Jett Stiles // Aug 20, 2012 at 11:36

    Thanks for your input Eqzitara – well, one year is plenty to go. After that a second card may give me another year.

    I was planning on upgrading the CPU/Mobo at some point next year anyway so might aswell get one that supports SLI and also get a second card at that time (by then they should be even more affordable).

    As for the PSU: I recon thats the only thing I do NOT need to upgrade ;)

  • 11 Eqzitara // Aug 21, 2012 at 07:51

    If your going that route, see if you can have a friend who will buy your borderlands 2 voucher = )
    I doubt the price of the card will drop that much more then 50-60 bucks in a year while that voucher will only be limited. Id buy 2 if I have the cash. *Shrug* that’s just me though.

  • 12 alistair // Aug 21, 2012 at 22:43

    what resolution are the benchmarks run at? 1920 x 1024?

  • 13 Bloody // Aug 22, 2012 at 00:19

    The resolution is 1920×1080, Full HD…

  • 14 Bloody // Aug 22, 2012 at 14:37

    The specifications of GeForce GTX 660 version without the Ti (OEM): http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-660-oem/specifications

  • 15 Lex // Sep 13, 2012 at 14:45

    “The GTX 660 Ti is my new must have minimum video card if you plan on playing games in stereoscopic 3D mode with 3D Vision, that is if you really want to have a nice experience and good framerates without having to sacrifice resolution of graphics details.”
    Now what bout the GTX 660?
    ist this now the New musthave video card? ^^

  • 16 Bloody // Sep 13, 2012 at 16:03

    Not just “must have”, but “must have minimum” video card for s3D gaming… ;)

    Have not yet tried the GTX 660, so cannot really say at the moment.

  • 17 Lex // Sep 17, 2012 at 02:13

    ja sry min. ^^
    any chance u gonna test the card anytime soon.. cant find much regarding tht and really not sure if i can go 4 the plain 660 or if i have to spend the extra 60 euros on the Ti?

  • 18 Bloody // Sep 17, 2012 at 12:33

    Well, I soon as I get my hands on one GTX 660 I’ll try to compare it with 660 TI to see what is the performance difference in stereo 3D mode…

  • 19 Lex // Sep 21, 2012 at 15:10

    hope tht is very soon ^^
    BTW…How important is the Memory for 3Dvision?
    A 3Gig Version of the 660Ti would profit from the extra Gig in 3D?

  • 20 Bloody // Sep 22, 2012 at 01:01

    The amount of video memory can also influence performance, but having more than 2GB may only help a bit in a handful of games… though the settings that you play at can also influence the performance you get with various amounts of video memory. I need to do some testing to get more details out with numbers…

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