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MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition

Conclusion

The GTX 660 Ti is a force to be reckoned with and we have seen many cards from many manufacturers. Most cards arrived as the top model of the 660 Ti line, but MSI chose a more modest approach with a card that is clocked below the others. We knew it wouldn’t wipe the floor with the other combatants, but the possibility of a 660 Ti HAWK Edition might level the playing field a bit more.

 At the card’s price point, it is only $10 more than the reference standard model, and $20 less than the top performing Zotac model in this go around. While it is slightly slower out-of-box, it overclocks damn well, with a memory clock at 7020MHz QDR (a 1GHz overclock over the out of the box clock).

One slight issue we have with this card is the fans, as they are definitely noisy, and its seems like the extra airflow from the propeller style fan blades has an adverse side effect. This is not really loud during game tests but in a hot chassis or when pushing the card at max fan speed, the noise is definitely audible.

 

OUR VERDICT: MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition
Performance 8.5
Value 9.5
Quality 9.5
Features 9
Innovation 9
We are using a new addition to our scoring system to provide additional feedback beyond a flat score. Please note that the final score isn’t an aggregate average of the new rating system.
Total 9
Pros Cons

Overclocks nicely

keeps cool even under extreme load

Mem/VRM cooling bracket stiffens card

Memory overclock is awesome

Afterburner software is excellent for tuning

fan anti dust system is pretty cool

Fan is noisier than competition

just a step behind the competition in performance tests

Summary: The MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition is a really solid performer with build quality to match. For this it earns the Bjorn3D silver Bear Award
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