CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has launched its high-end Geforce GTX 660Ti video card.
Nvidia has taken its time to bring out the Geforce GTX 660Ti, a model that many gamers are expecting will provide the right bang for their buck. The firm finally obliged, offering a Geforce GTX 660Ti based on the GK104 GPU sporting 1,344 cores.
Nvidia has opted for conservative specifications, running the GK104 GPU at 915MHz with the boost clock going up to 980MHz. The firm also specified 2GB of 192bit GDDR5 memory running at an effective frequency of 6GHz, which the firm claims is the big difference between the Geforce GTX 660Ti and Geforce GTX 670.
Nvidia's specifications for the Geforce GTX 660Ti proved to be only a very rough guideline, as Asus clocked its Geforce GTX 660Ti DirectCUII Top with a base clock of 1072MHz and a boost clock 1137MHz. Nvidia said graphics cards sporting 3GB of GDDR5 memory will appear eventually.
While Nvidia has marginally cut down the specifications of the Geforce GTX 660Ti in relation to its ultra high end models, the card still has a TDP of 150W and requires two 6-pin power connectors. The firm's standard specification for outputs sticks with the traditional two dual-link DVI ports alongside HDMI and Displayport 1.2 outputs.
Aside from Asus, Nvidia showed off boards from Evga, Galaxy, Gigabyte, MSI and Zotac. Only Zotac's Geforce GTX 660Ti Ti AMP! board clocks the memory significantly higher than stock, with the firm setting the clock at 6.6GHz for 1,568.6GB/s bandwidth.
Nvidia said the Geforce GTX 660Ti will go up against AMD's Radeon 7870. The firm said cards are available from today at prices around the £250 mark. µ
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