NVIDIA’s long-awaited GTX 660 Ti has finally been announced, and is now available from many online retailers from $299 (Newegg). You’ll find the full press release from NVIDIA below. Compared to GPUs from the red team that cost up to $80 more, the GTX 660 Ti is on-par with them and, in some cases, is faster. Maximum PC did a quick round-up of 3 GTX 660 Ti GPUs from various manufacturers, comparing them to a few other cards as well. If you’re a casual gamer, should you get the GTX 660 Ti?
I’ll have to say: maybe. If you already own a GTX 560, then the answer is definitely a no. Get a second GTX 560 (now that they’re prices are at an all-time low of $134.99 after mail-in rebates), and you have yourself a setup that’s already faster than a single GTX 660 Ti. However, if you don’t have a GTX 560, then getting two of them is still more practical. The end result would be for a cheaper and faster setup. With that said, it doesn’t have the fancy Keplar-only features, like TXAA and advanced DX11 tessellation support but, again, since the question had “casual gamer” in it, you probably won’t be needing those features.
NVIDIA Unveils New Weapon Of Choice For Gamers — The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti GPU
The NVIDIA® Kepler™ architecture, which has revolutionized how PC games are played since its introduction in March, powers the new NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 660 Ti GPU, which is available today starting at only $299.
Delivering truly game-changing performance for the most demanding PC games played at the gamer’s preferred resolution of 1080p, the GTX 660 Ti is a dramatic upgrade for anyone playing on previous-generation graphics technology. The GTX 660 Ti is 41 percent faster on average than the GTX 560 Ti from 2011, and 58 percent faster on average than the GTX 470 from 2010.
In addition to providing impressive performance, the GTX 660 Ti is filled with features, such as full support for DirectX 11 tessellation, TXAA, and PhysX® technologies and the ability to drive a 3+1 display configuration from a single card.
Factor in the Kepler architecture’s great efficiency and low thermal design power and the GTX 660 Ti assures gamers of having the most stable, quiet and power-efficient gaming experience possible in its price class. The GTX 660 Ti even keeps pace in performance with competing products that cost $50 more, while consuming up to 25 percent less power, a testament to the efficiency of the streaming multiprocessor built inside each Kepler chip.
These power savings come into sharp relief when two GTX 660 Ti cards are paired together in SLI mode, delivering performance that outpaces the competition by up to 21 percent.
For a limited time, gamers who purchase a GTX 660 Ti GPU from a participating retailer or e-tailer will receive a voucher for a free copy of Gearbox Software’s Borderlands 2, which is launching next month. Borderlands 2 is on track to be one of this year’s most popular PC titles and includes support for PhysX technology for a totally immersive gaming experience.
The GTX 660 Ti is built using NVIDIA’s 28-nanometer Kepler architecture, as are the GTX 680, GTX 670 and dual-GPU GTX 690, all of which were introduced earlier this year.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti GPU is available now from the world’s leading add-in card suppliers, including ASL, ASUS, Colorful, ECS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, Jetway, Leadtek, MSI, Palit, Point of View, PNY, Sparkle and Zotac.
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