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Short background: In early 2008, about 4.5 years ago I purchased a new system, all new parts, and for GPUs I purchased two 8800GTS 512mb cards, they were the best card for sale at the time. About 3 years later one of the two cards went out on me, leaving me with a single 8800GTS. At the time there were not many games out that I was interested in, so I rode it out until November 2011 at which point I was laid off from my job. I worked for a game studio, and they let me keep my development machine, which had a GTX 275 in it. The GTX 275 become my primary card in my home rig, and the 8800GTS become a secondary card for folding (and PhysX, I guess...). Even with the GTX 275 I was still lagging behind my original 8800GTS cards in SLI. I knew I would be getting something in the current generation, and the 660ti hit the right price point for me, I likely would have gone with a 7950 except that I use my GPUs for folding in the winter, and also the 660ti came with a coupon for a free download of Borderlands 2, which I was originally planning to buy anyway, so that made my $310 GPU essentially a $250 GPU.

Unboxing:


Packages on the top-right are 4-pin molex to 6-pin PCI-E power connectors (didn't need, but nice to have around I guess), and the package on the bottom-right is a VGA (female)->DVI-D (male) adapter. Also came with the Borderlands 2 coupon, code is under the package that's on top of it.


Before installation:
Here's my system. Quick description: i7 950 @ 3.2Ghz (3.9-4.0 when I get my Hyper 212+ back on there), 6GB corsair dominators, evga x58 SLI x3. The card on top is the GTX 275, card on bottom is my faithful 8800GTS g92. Pardon the stock CPU heatsink, my Hyper 212+ is missing a backplate (don't ask). And pardon the wiring mess (actually I don't really care, they're not blocking much airflow). The plan is to remove the 8800GTS, and make the GTX 275 my secondary card, with the 660ti becoming the primary card.



The evolution of the GPU:
Here we have the 8800GTS (512MB) on the left, the GTX 275 (896MB) in the middle, and the GTX 660ti (2096MB) on the right. Pretty amazing that the 660ti is over twice as powerful as the GTX 275 next to it, consumes less power, and with a board that's about 65% the size. The 660ti does however consume more power than the 8800GTS. There's about 1-3 years between each of the GPUs, early 2008, mid 2009, mid 2012. The GTX 275 was about 75% faster than the 8800GTS, and the 660ti is about 115% faster than the GTX 275. Each card was in a different tier in their generation as well, 8800GTS was top-of-the-line (although bested by the older 8800GTX Ultra in some cases because it had more memory), the GTX 275 was just below the GTX 285, and the 660ti is two steps below top of the line under the GTX 670 and GTX 680.



I didn't think to get a picture of the ports on the 660ti, but there were two DVI ports (one above the other, instead of side-by-side like the older cards), an HDMI port, and a full-size DisplayPort port.

After installation:
Here's the system with the new card and the GTX 275 has moved down a slot. Breathing some life into this 2+ year-old system (and 3+ year old GPUs).


And finally...

Benchmark results:
I had to use 3DMark Vantage to get some comparison results, since the older GTX 275 could not run DX11 for 3DMark11.

Here's the results with the GTX 275 and 8800GTS (stock settings, I overclock them in the winter):


And the results with the 660ti (also stock settings...for now. Although is has a very slight factory OC):


Both results are with my i7 950 running at 3.2Ghz, which is barely above stock settings.

3 years makes quite a difference! Framerates have more than doubled in both tests, and even CPU scores went up slightly. Overall I'm pretty happy, now that I've got a new GPU again I'll be picking up some games soon, and I'm in a good position to add another 660ti to this rig in about a year to ensure these GPUs will last me at least until 2015-2016.

Completely unrelated:
The Dodge Viper I was behind on the way to work yesterday. 10 years old, still hot.

Edited by lordikon - 8/24/12 at 9:48pm
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Nice. Very Nice. Congratz on your card thumb.gif .
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A worthy upgrade for a mighty card. 

 
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Thanks guys!

Overclocking the card was simple, but sad because these cards are clocked so close to their limit already. I was able to squeeze an extra 50 Mhz on the Core, and 200 Mhz on memory. I stepped up to 100 Mhz on the core and had instability pretty quickly. I might try boosting the power slightly, but I'm going to read up on common results for this card and safe power adjustments first. Anyway, here's the updated 3DMark results with the slight overclock, 3DMark wasn't reporting accurate clock speed for the GPU, so ignore that.

Stock settings was 24790 marks, 80.43 and 77.18 fps on the two tests, the slight overclock gave about 2 more fps in each test, not much but I'll take it.
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