Meet Your New Weapon: The GeForce GTX 660 Ti. Borderlands 2 Included.

Hardware

To date, the new Kepler GeForce GTX 600 Series has focused on the high-end, offering record-breaking performance in an award-winning package lauded by independent journalists and end users alike. Today, we’re introducing the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, a much-requested mid-range card featuring the same game-changing features as its big brothers, starting at just $299.99. An excellent upgrade for users of cards such as the GeForce GTX 260 or GTX 470, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti has more than enough performance to give you a smooth and highly playable experience in new and upcoming titles such as The Secret World, Planetside 2, and Borderlands 2.

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Click to watch Andrew Coonrad, Technical Marketing Guru, gives you a walkthrough of the key features of the GeForce GTX 660 Ti.

 
Introducing the GeForce GTX 660 Ti

And speaking of Borderlands 2, NVIDIA has put together a sweet deal; for a limited time, anyone who purchases a GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics cards through an authorized e-tailer in North America or Europe (Amazon, Newegg, TigerDirect, etc) will receive a free Steam copy of the game. Needless to say, Borderlands 2 runs great on the GTX 660 Ti, letting you play the eagerly anticipated game at 1920x1080 with all settings, including GPU PhysX, maxed out. GPUs slower than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti can make use of the PhysX effects also, though none are able to show them all at a fluid 60 frames per second at 1920x1080, with all other features maxed out and enabled, making the GTX 660 Ti a perfect upgrade for all Borderlands fans.

GeForce GTX 600 Series Family Lineup

Specifications GeForce GTX 690 GeForce GTX 680 GeForce GTX 670 GeForce GTX 660 Ti
CUDA Cores 3072 1536 1344 1344
Base Clock 915 MHz 1006 MHz 915 MHz 915 MHz
Boost Clock 1019 MHz 1058 MHz 980 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Configuration 4 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB
Memory Speed 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps 6.0 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 384 GB/s 192 GB/s 192 GB/s 144 GB/s
Power Connectors 2 x 8-pin 2 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin
Outputs 2 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
Mini-DP
1 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
1 x HDMI
Mini-DP
1 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
1 x HDMI
Mini-DP
1 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
1 x HDMI
Mini-DP
TDP 300 W 195 W 170 W 150 W
Price $999 $499 $399 $299

Compared to the GeForce GTX 670, a card that’s a fraction slower than the flagship GeForce GTX 680, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti sports an identical number of CUDA Cores, the same Base and Boost Clock, the same Texture Fill Rate, and the same amount of high-speed GDDR5 RAM. In fact, looking down the full list of hardware specifications, the only differences you’ll discover are that the Memory Interface Width is 192-bit on the GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs. 256-bit on the GeForce GTX 670, and that the Memory Bandwidth is 144GB/s on the GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs. 192GB/s on the GeForce GTX 670. And compared to the Fermi generation of cards, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti outperforms the GeForce GTX 580 whilst drawing less power and emitting less heat, allowing the GTX 660 Ti to run flawlessly from a modest 450 Watt power supply.

GeForce GTX 660 Ti Performance

For gamers a generation or two behind the hardware curve, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is an ideal upgrade. A DirectX 11 GPU with full support for the latest graphical effects, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is 71% faster than the GeForce GTX 470, and compared to the GeForce GTX 260 it is on average 184% faster, allowing GTX 660 Ti users to max out a game’s graphics at 1920x1080 and apply numerous bonus features such as hardware-accelerated PhysX physics effects, and stereoscopic NVIDIA 3D Vision rendering. The GeForce GTX 660 Ti also brings you up to speed with the latest Kepler features such as TXAA anti-aliasing, GPU Boost, Adaptive VSync, and single-card triple-screen NVIDIA Surround gaming.

Below, you can check out a direct comparison of performance across the three cards in the latest and greatest games, including the soon to be released Borderlands 2.


Being a DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 GPU, the GeForce GTX 260 misses out on the fidelity-enhancing DirectX 11 effects seen in our listed titles when playing on GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 660 Ti systems, and though it manages to produce playable frame rates in a few titles, the ageing GPU simply isn't suitable for high fidelity modern-day 1920x1080 gaming. GeForce GTX 470 users who choose to upgrade will receive fantastic frame rates in each and every game, and benefit from the aforementioned Kepler features, like TXAA anti-aliasing.


Using our Relative GPU Performance chart, we can see that the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is 6.8% faster than the GeForce GTX 580, last generation’s flagship GPU, 71% faster than the GeForce GTX 470, and 184% faster than the GeForce GTX 260.

GPU Boost & Overclocking

Like its big brothers, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti has full support for GPU Boost, a dynamic clocking feature that maximizes the clock speed based on real-time hardware monitoring. Users can also dive in and manually overclock, pushing the GTX 660 Ti to even faster speeds that allow it to nip at the heels of the GTX 670. As a word of caution, however, overclocking isn’t officially supported unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer of your GPU, so tread carefully.

And as usual, expect to see numerous custom and pre-overclocked boards at various price points from our partners. Many will be equipped with custom coolers and offer a range of software packages, so shop around and look for the features you want before purchasing.

Conclusion

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti has been long awaited by price-conscious users looking for a mid-range Kepler upgrade, and though the wait has been long, the GTX 660 Ti doesn’t disappoint, offering high-end performance without the high-end price.

With performance higher than that of the GeForce GTX 580, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is an ideal upgrade for users of the GeForce GTX 470 or older who want to play the latest and greatest games at high frame rates with every feature and effect enabled. The upcoming wave of high-profile releases, such as Far Cry 3, Planetside 2, Guild Wars 2, Assassin’s Creed III, and Borderlands 2, will push many older cards to their limits, forcing owners to tradeoff graphics quality for performance. Withh its new, efficient Kepler architecture, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti does not compromise on performance, quality or price. And with a copy of Borderlands 2 included for free, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti may very well be the sweetest deal in town.

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is on sale today from all major e-tailers and retailers; to learn more about the card itself, head on over to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti product page.

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