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EVGA GTX 660 Ti SC review

As reference as you're likely to get

Our Verdict

For

  • 10-year warranty
  • Support service

Against

  • Too pricey
  • Lacking grunt

Pricing is such an important part of the graphics card war, the mere 20 quid separating the Asus and EVGA cards actually means a hell of a lot.

When you're operating in such a saturated segment of the market, practically every penny counts. Like the Asus GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II Top card, this Superclocked EVGA GTX 660 Ti is factory overclocked, but because of its policy of cherry-picking GPUs and leaving the reference cooling in place, the EVGA isn't clocked as high.

The card will still regularly top the 1GHz mark in-game, but the extra 65MHz at the base isn't really going to set the gaming world alight. And so it proves in our benchmarks, with the EVGA resolutely coming in behind all the other GTX 660 Ti cards we've seen so far.

That's exactly what you would expect against the more expensive card from Asus, but there are also the Gigabyte and Zotac-shaped thorns in the EVGA card's side. Both cards are practically the same price as the EVGA, but come with higher base clocks among other things.

This also means that it sits behind the similarly priced vanilla AMD HD 7950 in most of our tests - even more so if you bring the latest HD 7950 with Boost into the equation, with its own raised clock speeds.

Benchmarks

DirectX 11 tessellation performance
Heaven 2.5: FPS: Higher is better
EVGA GTX 660 TI SC: 23.7
ZOTAC GTX 660 TI AMP!: 25.4
GIGABYTE GTX 660 TI OC: 24.5

DirectX 11 hi-res gaming performance
Batman: AC: FPS: Higher is better
EVGA GTX 660 TI SC: 48
ZOTAC GTX 660 TI AMP!: 52
GIGABYTE GTX 660 TI OC: 49

DiRT Showdown: FPS: Higher is better
EVGA GTX 660 TI SC: 20
ZOTAC GTX 660 TI AMP!: 22
GIGABYTE GTX 660 TI OC: 23

Metro 2033: FPS: Higher is better
EVGA GTX 660 TI SC: 13
ZOTAC GTX 660 TI AMP!: 14
GIGABYTE GTX 660 TI OC: 14

DirectX 11 1080p gaming performance
Shogun 2: FPS: Higher is better
EVGA GTX 660 TI SC: 68
ZOTAC GTX 660 TI AMP!: 70
GIGABYTE GTX 660 TI OC: 74

DirectX 10 gaming performance
Just Cause 2: FPS: Higher is better
EVGA GTX 660 TI SC: 47
ZOTAC GTX 660 TI AMP!: 50
GIGABYTE GTX 660 TI OC: 50

Things are pretty close in terms of regular gaming, but when you look at the more compute-focused titles the gap starts to look cavernous.

Where EVGA stands out though is in its excellent support setup and the option to pick up a 10-year warranty for your new GPU. Still, it's the slowest of the current crop and can't make up for that deficit by being a few quid cheaper.

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX 660 Ti
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX 600
DisplayPortYes
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameEVGA
Standard Memory2 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 3.0 x16
Bus Width192 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
DVIYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height111.2 mm
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length241.3 mm
ManufacturerEVGA Corporation
Memory Speed6008 MHz
Product NameGeForce GTX 660 Ti SC Graphic Card
Processor Speed980 MHz
Manufacturer Part Number02G-P4-3662-KR
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.evga.com
Marketing Information

Introducing the weapon of choice for gamers the EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti. It adds a new dimension to the NVIDIA Kepler-powered family of graphics cards by delivering the ideal fusion of power, performance, and affordability. Experience faster, smoother, richer gaming with innovative NVIDIA technologies like TXAA antialiasing, Adaptive Vertical Sync, and PhysX.

Package Contents
  • GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC Graphic Card
  • 1 x DVI to VGA Adapter (For DVI-I)
  • 2 x 6-pin PCI-E Power Adapter
  • EVGA Accessory Pack
  • User Guide
  • Software/Driver Disc
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)1.36 kg
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, DirectCompute 5.0, OpenCL, OpenGL 4.2