Face-Off: GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2 GB vs Radeon HD 6870 1 GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2 GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2 GB

AMD Radeon HD 6870 1 GB
AMD Radeon HD 6870 1 GB
 
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2 GB AMD Radeon HD 6870 1 GB
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2 GB
Overview - Full review
AMD Radeon HD 6870 1 GB
Overview - Full review
Price
Bioshock Infinite
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2 GB
AMD Radeon HD 6870 1 GB
Score
3/5
3/5
Size & Noise
2/5 4/5
Power Use
4/5 5/5
Performance in Games
2/5 3/5
User Score
4/5 (4)
Specifications
Specifications
ChipGK104
GPU frequency915 MHz
Memory quantity2 GB
Memory typeGDDR5
Memory frequency1502 MHz
CoolerDual
Connectors2 x DVI, 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
Driver testedForceWare 305.37
Specifications
ChipBarts
GPU frequency900 MHz
Memory quantity1 GB
Memory typeGDDR5
Memory frequency1050 MHz
CoolerDouble-decker
Connectors2x DVI + 1x HDMI + 2x mini-DP
Driver testedCatalyst 11.4
Conclusion
Nvidia has continued to intelligently expand its Kepler graphics card series with this high-performance card. However, you'll want to avoid the regular models, which make a lot of noise, and go with a branded version.
This is a very good mid-range card that's at ease with all video games. Note, however, that it has a misleading name: it is not a substitute for the brand's old high-end.
Pros

+

Gaming performance

+

Power consumption on par with the competition

+

Additional features: frame rate limit, advanced vertical sync, etc.

+

DirectX 11 compatibility

+

Good gaming performance

+

Silent in 2D load

+

Low power consumption

+

Eyefinity, HDMI 1.4, HD audio bitstreaming

Cons

-

Very noisy fan, even when at rest

-

GPU Boost: there's a risk of slight differences in performance between different models

-

Noisy in 3D

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3D gaming is difficult to set up

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Inappropriate naming