ZOTAC GTX 660 Ti AMP! Extreme 2GB Review
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The GTX 660 Ti is one the best graphics cards currently on the market in its respective $300 price range. This is due to it being based on the GK-104 graphics processioning unit, which internally houses a total of 1344 CUDA cores, 112 Texture units and 24 Raster engines. Where this model differs from the reference cards though is the clock speeds have been dialed up by 6%, giving this model a final GPU base and Boost clock speed of 1098MHz and 1176MHz respectively. At this speed ZOTAC says we should expect a performance increase around 13% depending on the game and if it can live up to that estimate this card will be well deserving of the Extreme moniker.
Aside from the higher clock speeds the ZOTAC GTX 660 Ti AMP! Extreme has the same heatsink and design as the other cards in the AMP! Series, so from a visual standpoint you wouldn’t expect it to be packing such a punch. However, since the heatsink design incorporates dual 8mm heatpipes, a wide fin stack design and two exhaust fans it won’t have any issues taming the Kepler core, regardless of the high clock speeds.
The GTX 660 Ti AMP! Extreme is an exciting graphics card. Unlike most models based on the GK-104 GPU, ZOTAC has taken the core and pushed it nearly to its limit in terms of clock speed, and as we all know the base clock speed is just an estimate and we could see the clock speed reach over 1200MHz without any modification. Alas, as of the time of writing this review the ZOTAC GTX 660 Ti AMP! Extreme has not yet made its way onto store shelves. In the interim though you can live vicariously through me as we put the AMP! Extreme through the paces.