GALAXY GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB SLI Review
Something special today; SLI and Surround gameplay! GALAXY GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB SLI in NV Surround for your gaming pleasure. We will find out how this setup performs, compares, and even overclocks. If you want an affordable SLI solution with great gaming performance, you'll like this.
We have recently evaluated the GALAXY GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB video card on August 16th, 2012. This was also the introduction and launch of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 660 Ti GPU, of which the GALAXY proudly represents. The GALAXY video card not only uses the new GTX 660 Ti, but improves upon it by giving us a healthy factory overclock as well as 3GB of RAM on board. We quickly found that this little video card, with an MSRP of $339, packed quite a punch when it came to gaming performance.
We followed-up with not one, but two overclocking evaluations centered around this video card. We walked away from evaluating the GALAXY GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB video card with a positive experience. The only thing left to do was really test out that 3GB of RAM on board, and partner our GALAXY GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB video card with another GALAXY GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB video card with SLI in NV Surround resolutions.
That is exactly what we have had the chance to do thanks to GALAXY sending us another video card so that today we can show you the performance delivered by two factory overclocked GTX 660 Ti video cards with 3GB of RAM at high settings. We are going to push these video cards, we won't settle for low resolutions, or low AA settings here. Prepare to see GALAXY GTX 660 Ti 3GB pushed to its limits in single-display and triple-display with high AA settings. We even overclock the beasts in NV Surround.
First, if you haven't read our initial evaluation, please do so now so you will see what this card is made of, and what all the specifications are. The only change from that initial evaluation is the current pricing. The MSRP was $339 when it was launched, but as of right now you can find the video card for $319.99 after $20 MIR.
Working on the $320 price point, naturally if we put two together for SLI that will cost you $640. We want to find out what kind of gaming experience this purchases.
Our Goals and Video Card Setups
There are several questions we want to answer by the end of this evaluation, and we've selected video cards that best fit the price for comparison. One of the questions we need to find out is if GALAXY GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB SLI is a viable platform for NV Surround resolutions (triple-display gaming) in a multi-monitor configuration. Some might be concerned that the narrow 192-bit memory bus isn't suited for such tasks, so we need to find out by running this setup at high resolutions and high AA.
Next, we need to find out if GTX 660 Ti SLI can provide more performance than a highly overclocked GTX 680. Since GTX 680's average around $500, yes some are cheaper, and some are more expensive, we need to see if $140 more dollars will buy you more performance over a single GTX 680. In order to properly test this, we have chosen a highly factory overclocked GTX 680 for as close to the price of two GTX 660 Ti video cards we had on hand. We settled on the GIGABYTE GTX 680 Super Overclock Edition. We have evaluated this video card, and it is currently online for $529.99 after a rebate. That puts it exactly $110 from the two GALAXY video cards we are evaluating. We chose this video card because it has one of the highest factory overclocks in a video card that we have evaluated.
Finally, we need to compare the GALAXY GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB SLI setup to exactly the same price on the AMD side of things. Now, when the GTX 660 Ti was first launched, NVIDIA was betting on this GPU being compared to Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition video cards. At the time, that was the closest pricing. However, since then AMD has dropped pricing a lot on its video cards. It has changed the positioning of video cards that are comparable. What has happened is that the Radeon HD 7950 has dropped in price so much that it is now the price comparable video card up against GeForce GTX 660 Ti video cards. This is bad news for NVIDIA, as a faster video card has come down in price, competing with it. But, it is what it is, and we have to compare what is comparable right now.
AMD not only brought down the pricing on the Radeon HD 7950, but also introduced a new "PowerTune with Boost" clock speed for the Radeon HD 7950. This new clock speed is 925MHz. When we looked online for Radeon HD 7950 video cards comparable in price to the GALAXY GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB, we found there were three clock speeds that revolved around that pricing, 900MHz, 925MHz, and 950MHz. We settled on the 925MHz clock speed since that was the average, and also the official PowerTune with Boost clock speed. We found video cards with this clock speed exactly at $320, same as the GALAXY video cards, meaning two HD 7950 video cards with Boost cost the same total of $640.
That is our lineup. We will look at single-display performance, then we will crank it up to NV Surround/Eyefinity resolutions. You will find both on the same gameplay page, and then apples-to-apples following.