Asus GTX 660 Ti DCU II Top review

Can the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti bring Kepler to the mainstream?

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It's definitely a case of a cut too far for the GK104 GPU Nvidia is using to pad out its Kepler line up. The weaker GPU and memory bus combo means even this Asus GTX 660 Ti DCU II Top card can't compete with similarly-priced GTX 670 or the cheaper AMD HD 7950.

Even the extreme overclock Asus has managed on the GTX 660 Ti GPU, going from 915MHz up to 1,059MHz on the base clock alone, can't help push the performance up to GTX 670 speeds, or even AMD HD 7950 pace.

The EVGA GTX 660 Ti SC is also slightly overclocked, but is significantly cheaper than the Asus card. That puts it in the same price bracket as the HD 7950, but that only goes to show how solid the performance of the AMD chip is, even eight months or so since it first launched.

DirectX 11 Tesselation performance

Asus GTX 660 Ti benchmarks

Asus GTX 660 Ti benchmarks

Asus GTX 660 Ti benchmarks

Asus GTX 660 Ti benchmarks

DirectX 11 1080p performance

Asus GTX 660 Ti benchmarks

An EVGA variant of the card is also coming

Generally it's a lot more fun to write a negative review about a product than a positive one. With a positive review everything's been done right so there's nothing for the writer to rail against. With a negative review on the other hand you can have fun laughing at the stupid design decisions the company in question has made.

Sometimes though a product can be so disappointing there's not an ounce of fun to be had from kicking it. We'd expected the GTX 660 Ti to be a serious contender for our favourite GPU of all time. After all, combining the goodness of the Kepler architecture, like the GPU boost, impressive power juggling, pretties like TXAA and Adaptive Vsync and a mainstream price-tag, how could it fail?

Well, talk to Nvidia and you'll find out. It can certainly fail if you don't bother designing a GPU aimed at the mainstream and instead just hack up the existing chip you've been using for your top-tier gaming cards since March.

The ageing GK104 is a fine GPU when it's being fed with a decent memory bus and hasn't been pared to the bone. Hacked up, as it is in the GTX 660 Ti, it's not much good to anyone unless it's significantly cheaper than we're seeing at launch.


Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX 660 Ti
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX 600
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameAsus
Standard Memory2 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 3.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width192 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height137.2 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length271.8 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Memory Speed6008 MHz
Product ModelGTX660 TI-DC2OG-2GD5
Product NameGTX660 TI-DC2OG-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti Graphic Card
Package TypeRetail
Manufacturer Part Number90YV0364-M0NA00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information
  • Discover new shoot and loot adventures with the ASUS GeForce® GTX 660Ti DirectCU II Borderlands 2 Edition graphics card
  • TOP-selected 1058MHz core -78MHz higher than reference for smoother gameplay
  • DirectCU thermal design utilizes direct contact copper heatpipes so heat is dissipated efficiently, delivering a 20% cooler and vastly quieter performance than reference
  • Acclaimed DIGI+ VRM with 6-phase Super Alloy Power technology delivers precise digital power and enhanced durability for stable overclocking and smooth gaming
  • GPU Tweak utility helps you modify and tune clock speeds, voltages, and fan performance via an intuitive interface
Thickness43.2 mm
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.2