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ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II


The ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II is a surprising and powerful card. At less than 250 bucks, you get a card that is right at the heels of the GTX580 in most scenarios. This card has a very low power requirement with its single 6 pin PCIe connector and even smaller thermal dump with the help of the DirectCU II cooler. The SAP powered VRM makes for an amazingly efficient and very overclockable and stable card as well.

The performance is very good and the size of the card means it should fit in most smaller cases including most LANBOX style chassis. The card runs and runs well, there is little else I can say besides it simply handles business in the gaming department and even supports PhysX for more in-depth gaming. If needed for processing CUDA apps are fully supported as well.

The GPU Tweak app helps to unlock the full potential of the card quickly and easily with easy and intuitive interface.

Anyone looking for a strong mid-range performance card that can really punch out some gaming performance at a decent price point, I find no reason why the ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II would not make your list of considerations. 

Performance 10
Value 9
Quality 9.5
Features 9
Innovation 9
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Total 9
Pros Cons
  • Excellent overclocking
  • Rock solid build quality
  • Very strong DirectCU II cooler
  • GPU Tweak software has many tuning options
  • SAP components very strong
  • Low power requirement
  • Runs cool and quiet even under load



Summary: The ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II hits a price/performance ratio and a power/performance ratio that is tough to beat. For this it receives the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award.
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