Earlier this year, we covered rumors on several mid-range NVIDIA Kepler graphics cards. Swedish enthusiast site Sweclockers claims to have launch specifications and pricing on one of those cards: the GTX 660 Ti. The specifications the site has managed to get a hold of reinforce previous rumors except for the amount of RAM. While initial reports suggested the GTX 660 Ti would have either 1.5 GB or 3 GB, Sweclockers has stated that the card will have 2 GB of GDDR5 memory.
Aside from the bump down in the memory interface to a 192-bit bus (from the 256-bit interface of the GTX 670) capable of 144.19 GB/s throughput, the GTX 660 Ti is nearly the same as the currently available GTX 670. Allegedly, the GTX 660 Ti will run at the same GPU and memory clockspeeds as the GTX 670 – 915 MHz base/980 MHz boost and 6008 MHz effective respectively. The reference design will further be a dual-slot design with two DVI, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort output. Allegedly, it will be powered by two six-pin PCI-E power connectors and will have a 150W TDP, which means it needs slightly less cooling than the GTX 670 (which has a 170W TDP).
Interestingly, the site claims that the GTX 660 Ti will be available for purchase on August 16, 2012 for a bit over 3000 SEK (including VAT) which is roughly $436 (minus VAT since we do not have that). This price is in contrast to our prediction of a $300 to $400 graphics card. It may end up being very close to the high-end $400 number, or a bit above as it is very similar to the GTX 670. Hopefully the change in the amount of graphics memory means that you will be able to get custom 4GB GTX 660 Ti cards.
You can find more information about NVIDIA’s latest “Kepler” GK104 cards in our recent GTX 670 review. Are you ready for the mid-range NVIDIA cards? Which ones are you planning to get, should the rumored specs hold true?
If the price is that high,
If the price is that high, and one doesn’t require the lower TDP, what reason will there be to buy a 660Ti over a 670?
Please dont piss us off
Please dont piss us off Nivdia, please…..
BAHAHAHHA, cause no one is
BAHAHAHHA, cause no one is pissed off that Nvidia is bending us over the table as it is.
Need I remind you that the gtx 680 was originally the GTX 660? That gk104/680 was designed from the ground up years ago to be $300-$350? That Nvidia saw a change to price gouge us and took it with total zeal meanwhile people continue to lap all of it up with such enthusiasm?
Naw, nvidia aint pissed no one off, not at all!
Some things to remember,
Some things to remember,
1) Saying it was designed years ago, kinda goes with the territory, graphics core’s / cards take years of R&D to complete.
2) While never made offical, I firmly believe from my contacts and from what people can read reviews on the GTX 600 series, yes, the GK104 was designed to be a mid range part.
Most likely intended to be the successor to the GTX 560 TI. The reason this was not done in my opinion is beacause it was basically not needed, as the performance from AMD’s Core Next GPU’s were not as high as NVIDIA had planned.
So instead of rush the GK110 and risk another “GTX 480” type of launch, they took thier easier to make, more tested GK104, which already in internal testing proved to be faster than AMD’s HD 7900 series, added some more power to it, and renamed it the GTX 680. Remember that when AMD launched thier cards, NVIDIA’s response was “we expected more”.
I am quite happy with the GTX 680, and the whole Kepler line up, thier fast, drivers are great, really great lineup. And the performance of thier upcoming midrange should be like the good old days of the TI 4200/6600 GT/8800 GT kinda thing, which had insane bang for the buck in thier day.
Best of all, when the now offical GK110 (only in Tesla form at the moment), does launch in GeForce form (Read: GTX 780?), it will be perfected, which means fast and great!
A side note, I doubt the leaked price point of the “GTX 660 TI”, as this does not target the only price segment left for the GeForce GTX 600 series… the price/performance hungry gamer sweet spot.
I agree! I’m happy with my
I agree! I’m happy with my GTX 670. And if the GTX 660Ti is as good as this ‘leaked memo’ suggests I’ll certainly consider a pair of them as a viable alternative to a GTX 680. Nvidia just needs to keep the price point low enough for them to sell.
Oh and I couldn’t care less that the 600 series was originally designed as a mid range part. In fact I appreciate the fact that for once their premium part isn’t a power hungry beast that begs to be water-cooled. Not to say that I won’t water-cool mine anyway… It’s just nice to not feel like I have to rush it. 😉
My EVGA 570 SC is still
My EVGA 570 SC is still holding strong. I see no reason to upgrade and if anything I would find a second one for SLI. Knock on wood. I don’t have that kind of cash.
heh me either 😛 My
heh me either 😛 My watercooled psuedo 6970 (unlocked xfx 6950) will just have to hold out 😛
$400?! Geez. My 6870 pushes
$400?! Geez. My 6870 pushes 2x1680x1050 monitors just fine. I can’t see someone paying $400 for a card when they could get a 2560×1440 IPS screen for less and spend ~$200 on the GPU to push it.
And tell me, which $200
And tell me, which $200 graphics card si going to drive a 1440p monitor at high (never mind ultra) quality settings at 50+ FPS?
Please, tell me, because I want to buy the heck out of that card.
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it can’t be 400$ , simply
it can’t be 400$ , simply because the GTX670 is 400$ so what’s the point of getting it over the ‘full blown’ GTX670….
Agreed with John R. I highly
Agreed with John R. I highly doubt they will price the 660 Ti at $400, since you can already get a 670 for $400. If it does indeed have the specs mentioned here, I’d guess it’ll be in the $300-$350 range. Honestly, though, I find the previous rumors of a 1152 core card in the $250 range to be more likely, given how NVidia has operated in the past. I kind of doubt that they’ll continue to completely neglect the $200-$250 price point.