NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Shootout - True Mid-range Kepler

By James Lu - 13 Sep 2012

Batman: Arkham City & Dirt 3 Results

*Updated as of 14/09/12, 7.30pm: This is the only page where the new AMD Catalyst 12.8 drivers made any difference to performance of the Radeon HD 7870. Still, the outcome is no different and doesn't change any of our previous findings.

Batman: Arkham City Results

Arkham City is optimized for NVIDIA PhysX optimization and as expected, all NVIDIA cards outperformed AMD. The GTX 660 performed quite well here, scoring behind the 660 Ti by about 17%. The strange results that you notice  in the graph where the Radeon HD 7870 outperforming the Radeon HD 7950 was a direct result of different driver editions used. For the purpose of this article (and for the sake of time), we've updated results only for the Radeon HD 7870 to the latest available driver edition (Catalyst 12.8). This gave the AMD counterpart a good boost in results, but it was still some ways behind the NVIDIA cards.

Wit regards to the shootout contenders, all three custom cards performed identically, but only outperformed the reference design by 2%.


Dirt 3 Results

The GTX 660 put in another solid performance in Dirt 3, again beating both AMD cards, outscoring the HD 7870 by about 2%. Again, the disparity witnessed here between the two AMD cards is due to the improved frame rates that the Radeon HD 7870 churned out after we updated its graphics drivers to the latest version (Catalyst 12.8). We do expect to use similar improvements to the AMD Radeon HD 7900 cards with the new AMD Catalyst drivers, pending our updated test results. Our custom GeForce GTX 660 cards also performed better, with ASUS outscoring the reference design by 3% at 1920 x 1200, and 6% at 2560 x 1600. There wasn't anything to separate Gigabyte and MSI, with both about 0.5% behind ASUS at both resolutions. 


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