EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SuperClocked Video Card Review

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Introduction

The new GeForce GTX 660 is the latest GPU from NVIDIA, and EVGA is providing six different video card models based on this new GPU. Let’s see how the SuperClocked model fared on our tests.

In the table below, you can see the six models that EVGA is releasing and how they compare to the standard GeForce GTX 660. The “Signature 2” models feature a custom cooling solution with two fans. All models use the same clock rate for the memory (6,008 MHz).

Model Base Clock Memory Configuration MSRP
Standard GeForce GTX 660 980 MHz 2 GB USD 230
SuperClocked 2 GB 1,046 MHz 2 GB USD 230
SuperClocked 3 GB 1,046 MHz 3 GB USD 270
SuperClocked 2 GB Signature 2 1,046 MHz 2 GB USD 230
SuperClocked 3 GB Signature 2 1,046 MHz 3 GB USD 270
FTW 2 GB 1,072 MHz 2 GB NA
FTW 3 GB 1,072 MHz 3 GB NA
FTW 2 GB Signature 2 1,072 MHz 2 GB USD 240
FTW 3 GB Signature 2 1,072 MHz 3 GB USD 280

At USD 230, the new GeForce GTX 660 is the quintessential mid-range video card, targeted to users who want to buy a powerful video card but don’t want to spend the money on an expensive high-end model. It comes to replace the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, and its main competitor is the Radeon HD 7850.

The new GeForce GTX 660 uses the PCI Express 3.0 interface, similarly to its main competitor, while the GeForce 560 Ti, which we also included in our comparisons, uses the PCI Express 2.0 interface. This new GPU has an automatic overclocking feature that increases the core clock from 980 MHz to 1,033 MHz when more performance is needed (1,046 MHz to 1,111 MHz on the EVGA’s SuperClocked model).

In the table below, we compare the main specifications for the video cards included in our review. The prices listed below were researched at Newegg.com and do not include rebates.

Video Card Core Clock Shader Clock Memory Clock (Effective) Memory Interface Memory Transfer Rate Memory Shaders DirectX Price
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 822 MHz 1,644 MHz 4,008 MHz 256-bit 128.3 GB/s 1 GB GDDR5 384 11 USD 190 – 230
GeForce GTX 660 980 MHz 980 MHz 6,008 MHz 192-bit 144.2 GB/s 2 GB GDDR5 960 11 USD 230
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC 1,046 MHz 1,046 MHz 6,008 MHz 192-bit 144.2 GB/s 2 GB GDDR5 960 11 USD 230
Radeon HD 7850 860 MHz 860 MHz 4.8 GHz 256-bit 153.6 GB/s 2 GB GDDR5 1,024 11.1 USD 200 – 230

You can compare the specs of these video cards with other video cards by taking a look at our “AMD ATI Chips Comparison Table” and “NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table” tutorials.

Now let’s take an in-depth look at the EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SuperClocked.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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