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Gigabyte GTX 660 Ti Superclocked review

Certainly cool, but still not very quick

Our Verdict

For

  • Great cooler
  • A good GTX 660 card

Against

  • Not great when compared to competition
  • Lacks ROPs and memory bus of GTX 670

Gigabyte isn't particularly well known for its GPUs in the UK, and when you look at the OC version we have in our test bench right now you might think that's a bit of a shame.

This seriously overclocked version of the GTX 660 Ti, with the impressive Gigabyte Windforce cooling array, is around the same price as both of the Zotac and EVGA GTX 660 Ti SC. Because of the tasty 1GHz+ base clock it posts some competitive benchmark numbers too, taking the GTX 660 Ti in isolation.

The three top-spec GTX 660 cards here - the Asus GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II Top, Zotac GTX 660 Ti AMP! Edition and this Gigabyte card - all trade blows in different tests, and that's possibly down to variance in testing as well as the different coolers on offer. It's also a little more svelte than the Asus card, though not as ickle as the impressively mini Zotac offering.

Benchmarks

DirectX 11 tessellation performance

DirectX 11 tessellation performance

DirectX 11 hi-res gaming performance

Metro 2033  FPS  Higher is better

Metro 2033  FPS  Higher is better

Metro 2033  FPS  Higher is better

DirectX 11 1080p gaming performance

DirectX 11 1080p gaming performance

DirectX 10 gaming performance

DirectX 10 gaming performance

With both this and the Zotac AMP! edition hitting relatively high clock speeds the overweight Asus card is looking more and more off the pace. But we're in almost exactly the same place as we are with the Zotac AMP! edition. It's a very good example of the GTX 660 Ti, but not necessarily a good example of a graphics card.

The GPU is lacking the ROPs and the memory bus of the GTX 670, and that's a card available for barely £20 more. Inevitably then, we've also got to say it's off the pace in a lot of tests compared with the AMD competition.

Once more we're in a situation were we're looking at a card with a very limited shelf life, with the GTX 660 and its new GPU following up the rear. That card wont win the FPS battles, but will win on price. 

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX 660 Ti
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX 600
DisplayPortYes
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameGigabyte
Standard Memory2 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 3.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width192 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height137 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length266 mm
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Memory Speed6008 MHz
Product ModelGV-N66TOC-2GD
Product NameGV-N66TOC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti Graphic Card
Processor Speed1032 MHz
Manufacturer Part NumberGV-N66TOC-2GD
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.giga-byte.com
Thickness42 mm
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.3