I was running a pair of crossfired uber gaming cards from another company that synthetic benchmarked very close to this card, but I was still getting framerates (fps) <10 in some real world gaming benchmarks. I thought there would be a mild boost from the 660ti at best based on the numbers. I have never been happier to be proven wrong. The 660ti ran the same benchmarks at >40 fps. But more important to me as a gamer than the FPS I get is the quality of the end product. Textures and postprocessing was uncompromising and vividly immersive. Complex lightmapping was frighteningly realistic (in a good way) with proper occlusion and transparency for once. It's really not reactionary to say that I never knew what I was missing until I tried this card. Even old games are given a new life - I find I'm revisiting Bioshock and ME2 and LFD2 and marveling at the difference an nVidia card like this one can make. I did go to the nVidia website for the driver, rather than using the included one, but the driver is very user friendly and stable as well. Power users might want to go third party for overclocking utilities, but the driver is impressively full featured, and I can't wait to roll out stereoscopic 3D on these games. The card requires two 6pin video power connections, so you won't really be installing this in anything less than an Alienware Aurora (or your own build, as I did), but it is definitely worth it.
Pros:fps gaming, mmorpg
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Review 2 for PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2 GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphic Card with Free Borderlands 2 Game for PC
Duration of Product Use:Less than a month
Level of Expertise:Good
Finally, a great card for the masses
PostedAugust 24, 2012
Yes, I would recommend this product
I am not on the cutting edge of computer graphics. I built a blazing fast overclocked 4 core rig with 8 gigs of ram and used an old GeForce 8500GT I had lying around because it worked for what I did (video encoding, photoshop, premiere). I rarely play a game, but was starting to notice the weak graphics of my computer. I am so glad this 660ti came out from Nvidia. Dell is on the money with this price-wise. Its priced good for a brand new card, and has specs that go far and above what I will be able to use. I can tell a difference in my dual screen setup using DVI connectors already. The graphics are now butter smooth and crystal clear. For what its worth, I have a maxed out 7.9 WEI score on Win 7. The few games I do play are no match for this card. I consider it future proof for me, and the lifetime warranty from PNY seals the deal.
Word of caution though, write down the serial number from the card BEFORE installing it as you will need it to register the warranty. I had to take mine back out to get it as its not written down anywhere.
My driver disc in the sealed box was an unprinted verbatim CDR, which suprised me, however you should download the latest drivers from Nvidia and not use the disc.
You will need two PCI-E power plugs from your power supply, it comes with one adapter to turn two device plugs into one PCI-E power plug to help if you dont have enough.
Also, this card works great in Windows 8 using the Windows 7 drivers on the site.