TODO alt text

Asus GTX 660 Ti DCU II Top review

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

GTX 660 Ti

At £200 this overclocked Asus GTX 660 Ti DCU II Top would be a great graphics card, but with it being offered for the same price as the far superior GTX 670 it's completely irrelevant. Even the EVGA GTX 660 Ti SC with its £260 price tag, is too much, losing out to the slightly faster HD 7950 at the same price.

It's not like this is a new precedent either. If it all seems rather familiar then your GPU memory is impressive, we salute you. Almost the exact same situation arose when Nvidia was getting into the mainstream segment of its first generation Fermi cards.

After the GTX 470 came the GTX 465. It was the using the same GPU, but cut out a lot of the chip's innate goodness, and Nvidia positioned it only slightly cheaper than the much faster GTX 470. It was roundly panned as a pointless release and was superseded in around a month by the fantastic GTX 460 and its new GF104 GPU.

We can only hope the same thing happens here and we'll see a new Kepler GPU, specifically designed for the mainstream segment, in the GTX 660 without the Ti moniker. And for a more mainstream price. Seriously, when did £300 become the mainstream pricing for graphics cards?

Nvidia needs to step outside and smell the global recession.

We liked

The only positive thing we can say about this Asus GTX 660 Ti DCU II Top card is the fact the cooling solution is impressive - being at both times quiet and effective. But that's not something the GTX 660 Ti can generally boast.

We disliked

It's running the same GPU as the top-tier Kepler cards, but with so much being chopped out or pared back it lacks any of the punch of its big brothers.

That wouldn't be such a problem if it wasn't priced so high. Nvidia has the reference price starting at £250 so it's no surprise the factory-overclocked solutions are priced high, but they're then encroaching on GTX 670 territory.

But only in price, not performance.

Verdict

It's not Asus' fault this card is so irrelevant - you can't make a silk purse from a lame GPU. The starting point of the Nvidia GTX 660 Ti is such a weak one there's nowhere you can go but down.

It's a weak GPU with a stupidly high price tag. Avoid and hope the mainstream is catered for properly with an upcoming GTX 660 without the Ti tag.

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX 660 Ti
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX 600
DisplayPortYes
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
DVIYes
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 Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
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