Every time we see a DirectCU II TOP card from ASUS, we are very eager to tear it open and start tweaking. Add to that the fact that ASUS has been on a very good roll recently with the product quality and out-of-box performance, and we have a hard time finding problems with their product.
That said, we must be honest here, and ASUS simply did not take top honors as it was mixed in with some very healthy competition. It was a tough call on many benchmarks as they are all the same chipset, and all the results were so close that the differences were within the margins of error.
We were a little disappointed to see that the TOP card came with standard clocked memory when it could have easily come with a decent overclock, as we have shown above, and still remained perfectly stable.
Overall ASUS made a top quality card with the GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP and it performs great, but it leaves us with a distinct feeling that something was lacking. We believe the memory clock could have really been pushed up higher, but then again Zotac dared to do this. Nonetheless, the lower stock memory clock also explains why the ASUS card was a bit slower in some tests in comparison.
ASUS has many advantages going for it, such as the DIGI+ components that ensure versatility; the GPU Tweak that allows the user to tweak the card; and the dust proof fans to ensure longevity. This only scratches the surface of the features but gives a good ideas as to why we support the card as being a good buy with many solid features.
|OUR VERDICT: ASUS GeForce 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP|
|Summary: The ASUS GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP has great performance but even more so a boatload of useful features. For this it earns the Bjorn3D Silver Bear Award.|