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Review: KFA² NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 EX OC

by Tarinder Sandhu on 13 September 2012, 14:00 4.0

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), KFA2

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HEXUS Verdict:



...The best way to think about the GTX 660 is to consider that its performance is, generally speaking, about the same as the last-generation's best NVIDIA card, GTX 580, released in November 2010.

NVIDIA's newest gaming GPU is the GeForce GTX 660. Priced at £179 for basic cards and rising to some £200 for factory-overclocked models, it has been designed to offer a solid gaming experience at a full-HD, 1,920x1,080-resolution common on most monitors purchased today.

Based on a full implementation of a cut-down Kepler core, known as GK106, and presented in what we believe to be a better-balanced architecture than GTX 660 Ti, performance is competitive against the Radeon HD 7850 and Radeon HD 7870 cards it will invariably be up against.

The best way to think about the GTX 660 is to consider that its performance is, generally speaking, about the same as the last-generation's best NVIDIA card, GTX 580, released in November 2010, but this new mid-range card consumes considerably less power, has a broader feature-set, and, at launch, is less than half the price. We'll leave it up to you to decide if that represents value-for-money in your book.

Changing gears, KFA² GTX 660 EX OC is a nice example of how to turn a GPU into a well-rounded card. Quiet, cool and visually attractive, we reckon it'll do well if priced comfortably below £200.

The Good

GTX 660 architecture offers solid 1080p gaming performance
KFA²'s card is quiet, cool and attractive
Even-smaller GTX 660s should be in the offing

The Bad

Labouring a point, the tiny GPU should cost less
Our sample doesn't overclock well

HEXUS Rating


KFA² GeForce GTX 660 EX OC

HEXUS Awards


KFA² GeForce GTX 660 EX OC

HEXUS Where2Buy

The KFA² GeForce GTX 660 EX OC graphics card is available to purchase from Overclockers UK.

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are KFA2 products available in asia?
popoyskie
are KFA2 products available in asia?


KFA is the European brand of Galaxy, so no. You might be able to find a similar Galaxy card in India though.
no chance of another 3GB sport like the KFA 660 Ti?
daniel.phillips;2624237
KFA is the European brand of Galaxy, so no. You might be able to find a similar Galaxy card in India though.

oh ok thanks for info.
I really miss those HEXUS.bang4buck and HEXUS.bang4watt charts. Any chance in putting those back? More to the topic at hand, I think 200 pounds or thereabout isn't that bad of a price for a pretty good all-round performer like this one. I did, however, already upgrade my mid-range "do all serve all" rig so... not that little, but a lot too late. Nvidia should really try harder with their future mid-range releases and stop blaming TSMC for all the delays. AMD didn't and they got my money.