EVGA GTX 660 SC 2GB, a gamers review

EVGA GTX 660 2GB

The EVGA GTX 660 SC 2GB  is a budget card to be reckoned with. First of all, let me say I had tortured this card, and I was very pleased with the out come. It was able to handle most of what I threw at it with very minimal hiccups. So grab your favorite beverage and check out this review. From EVGA’s website, this is how they describe their card.

THE GAMER’S SWEET SPOT

Get the weapon of choice for gamers – the EVGA  GTX 660 SC. It takes NVIDIA® Kepler™-powered graphics cards to new levels of affordability while retaining class-leading performance and power efficiency, making it a must-have upgrade for today’s hottest games. The EVGA® GeForce® GTX 660 graphics card represents the Kepler™ “sweet spot” for gamers – the ultimate combination of performance, power efficiency, and affordability.

So, let’s get to reviewing this gamers sweet spot.

 

Card Specifications:

Core Specs

  • 960 CUDA Cores
  • Base Clock: 1046 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1111 MHz
  • Bus: PCI-E 3.01
  • 2-way SLI Ready
  • Texture Fill Rate: 83.68 GT/s

Memory Specs

  • Memory Detail: 2048 MB GDDR5
  • Memory Bit Width: 192 Bit
  • Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
  • Memory Speed: 0.33 ns
  • Memory Bandwidth: 144.19 GB/s

Key Features

  • NVIDIA SMX Engine
  • NVIDIA GPU Boost
  • NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync
  • NVIDIA Surround
  • Supports four concurrent displays; two dual-link DVI connectors, HDMI and Displayport 1.2*
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 with Direct Compute 5.0 support
  • NVIDIA PhysX Technology
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready**
  • NVIDIA SLI Ready
  • NVIDIA CUDA Technology
  • PCI Express 3.0 Support
  • OpenGL 4.2 Support
  • OpenCL Su

System Specs that the EVGA GTX 660 SC 2GB card was tested on:

Motherboard: EVGA Z77 FTW
CPU: Core i7 3770k @ 3.6GHz (on Overclock Test @ 4.8GHz)
Hard Drive: 2x 60GB Corsair Force GT SSD’s in Raid 0
Memory: 16GB GSkill Sniper @ 2133MHz
PSU:  Corsair HX850

Packaging:

Box:

EVGA GTX 660 Box Contents

EVGA GTX 660 Box Contents

2 split compartments. 1 houses the GPU, manual, driver disk, case badge and warranty card. The second compartment had an extra molex to 6pin adapter and DVI to VGA adapter.

All in all the packaging wasn’t too bad, but far off from the cozy package the 670 and 680 enjoy.

Card Construction:

The card is large like the 670 and 680, just slightly smaller. It has a display port out, HDMI, and 2x DVI outputs. The fan is small but the backplate has plenty air flow.

EVGA GTX 660 Backplate

EVGA GTX 660 Backplate

 

Performance:

Online Graphing
Online Graphing

 

Online Graphing

 

Conclusion:

As you can see, for a budget card, the EVGA GTX 660 SC performs pretty well.  I had played BF3 Through SEMPER FI without any hiccups. As far as METRO 2023, I could not say as much on very-high. Still, this card is a mighty contender and a worthy choice for individuals who want a power house system without power house costs.

I plan to build a budget rig with Omning, and for the GPU, we are sure to go with the EVGA GTX 660 SC. We will bench it, and show how great of a card this really can be. Be sure to keep a lookout for the post, and a surprise that will come with it!

In the meantime, be sure to comment on this if you like it.

 


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