Last week, NVIDIA released its much anticipated GeForce GTX 660 Ti upper mid-range graphics card. Running on the same GK104 core found in the GTX 670 and GTX 680, we were very impressed by its near-enthusiast level performance. We also had a look at custom overclocked variants from ASUS, Gigabyte and Palit. However, while all of our custom cards performed fairly well, none were really able separate themselves from the pack.
MSI is the latest to release its version of the GeForce GTX 660 Ti. The MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Twin Frozr IV Power Edition 2GB GDDR5 comes factory overclocked to1020MHz on the core, with memory remaining at the default 6008MHz DDR. Compared to our other custom cards, this puts it just below Gigabyte and ASUS, but above Palit in terms of default core clockspeeds.
MSI's GTX 660 Ti is equipped with its popular Twin Frozr IV cooling system. This particular model consists of four large, nickel-plated, copper heatpipes and a large cooling fin array connected to two heatsinks, one heatsink directly over the GPU and another that covers the memory chip and voltage regulation circuitry. Two large fans keep everything ventilated.
The fans themselves have a tight blade array for stronger airflow. Like many of MSI's other Twin Frozr cards, this model features a unique dust removal technology that spins the fans in the opposite direction for a few seconds to blow any clogged dust in the cooling fins out and away from the card. MSI's N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition was probably the first card we've reviewed a year ago to feature this.
The MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Twin Frozr IV Power Edition retails for S$499 and comes with a three-year warranty. So read on and find out how it performed and if it's worth our recommendation.