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Here we are with another sweet spot graphics card, and I have to say this one is really sweet so you may want to stock up on your oral hygiene supplies. Not that we condone trying to eat ASUS products.
Back to reality, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti we have here with us fresh from the assembly line is clearly the DirectCU II TOP edition, which means an overclocked GPU set to 1137MHz boost clock, compared to the 980MHz boost clock of the reference GeForce GTX 660 Ti. ASUS also puts DIGI+ VRM and Super Alloy Power on this one, as is the case with most other recent ASUS graphics parts. These inevitably translate into longer-lasting cards that are more tolerant of overclocking and easier to tune thanks to the more precise and highly durable power delivery architecture. The GK104-based GPU inside gets the cool treatment via DirectCU copper heatpipes (direct contact) and a nice heatsink. Once more, ASUS maintains these result in around 20% lower temps than the reference design, plus the twin fans run significantly quieter.
In the box you find GPU Tweak on a disc, but of course you can download the latest version here. GPU Tweak is one of the easiest interfaces out there when it comes to graphics card tuning, and allows everyone from beginners to grizzled veterans to get more out of their purchase with a neat software front-end.
Considering its attractive price point, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP is definitely one of the more appealing choices available to you if you want to upgrade to the 28nm age or are building a new PC on a more moderate budget. Sure, it’s not an all-out monster, but it’s quite the sleeper beast and gets the job done in every game you’ll throw at it.
Now let’s take a look at some pics. Firstly, the box shows off it highlights like 2GB GDDR5, DIGI+ VRM, and Super Alloy Power.
More detailed intros of the features on the back
Customary ASUS box within a box
Once open, it shows a slightly new packaging design, which is even sturdier
This will get to you safely
The backplate with its foam shipping guard
The card out in the open
Showing the DirectCU heatpipes and two 6-pin connectors (this is a two-slotter, by the way)
Looking at the other side of the card
HDMI, DisplayPort, and two DVIs
End of the card with the nice heatsink in view
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