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ASUS has its own way of putting a special spin on its GPU offerings through special overclock models along with DirectCU II cooling solutions which always tend to deliver something special. Today we have an ASUS GeForce GTX 660 on the test bench to see exactly how this bang for the buck card will perform. The ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II edition is a reference clocked GPU with a single 6 Pin PCIe power connector and it supports up to 2-Way SLI, but that is where the similarities end. It is rare to see ASUS stick with a reference design board, especially because their graphics cards come with full SAP components to ensure massive power delivery capability which ensures that overclocks should be much easier and more stable even on a standard clock model. Also the card is fitted with a DirectCU II cooler to ensure that when gaming on an overclocked GPU and VRM, that temps should never be a concern. The ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II comes in three flavors from the standard DirectCU II model all the way to OC and TOP, which share very similar components but the OC and TOP have higher screened GPUs to offer a guarantee clock of a much higher frequency.
Nvidia's Kepler series has been out for quite some time, however, the mid range segment was yet to be populated. The higher end cards cost a bomb and the majority of the gamers were yet to come across a card that was light on the pocket while packing a good punch. The GTX 660 Ti which launched recently proved to be a decent upgrade compared to the previous generation, namely the GTX 560 Ti. What remains to be seen is if this one can better the 560 at a price/performance parameter. The GTX 660 is based of the Kepler GK106 core, which according to early reports, will also be used on the 650 Ti. While the 650 will be based on the GK107 core which we have already tested on the GT 640. Needless to say the GT 640 scores quite high on the price/performance aspect. Nvidia's web page has already listed out the GTX 660 specs, however, they are of the OEM SKU and not the retail SKU that we've tested here. The retail GTX 660 has 960 CUDA cores while the OEM version is said to be based on the GK104 core with 1152 CUDA cores
Just a few short weeks ago NVIDIA delivered the GTX 660Ti to the world, proving that the scalable Kepler architecture could indeed be used to power the mid range and with its GK106 core in the largest segment of the video card pie. The $299 price point and lower is the largest segment of that pie and has been a price point the Kepler architecture has not reached successfully until now. The GTX 660Ti got close at $299 but realistically was not going to reach the $250 range. Now just three weeks after the GTX 660Ti dropped the GTX 660 is here to fill that void and deliver gaming performance to the masses at a more appealing sub-$250 price point with reference models starting at $229. At this low price point you still get all of the features and capabilities of of NVIDIA's Kepler architecture including 3DVision, PhysX, GPU Boost, Adaptive VSync, and TXAA - a new anti-aliasing algorithm designed to reduce temporal aliasing. Having looked at the entire Kepler product stack so far from the top of the line dual and single GPU cards with the GTX 690 and GTX 680 as well as the more affordable GTX 670 its clear to see the strategy to bring a card to each segment.