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Gigabyte All The Way!,
This review is from: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD (Personal Computers)
This is a review for the Newegg product (May differ from the Amazon product).
I scoured the Internet for hours looking for the right graphics card to play BF3 among other games. The graphics card I was looking for needed to be very high-end to warrant replacing my awesome little HD 7750. A particular tool I found to be helpful was anandtech(dot)com/bench/GPU12/372. It compares GPUs results in MANY tests they performed. They also post SLI/CrossFire results for some cards.
The GTX 660 and the GTX 660Ti performed very similarly, definitely not enough to warrant another $70. The 660 also has INSANE SLI scaling. Two 660s in SLI perform better than one 680 that costs about $40 more in the end. The GTX 670 is possibly the worst video card from Nvidia. It is VERY comparable to an overclocked 660Ti with a non-reference cooler, but it costs $100 more. A GTX 650 is too low-end for my needs and doesn't even beat my 7750. I knew I had to get the 660. Oh yeah, I was looking at an HD 7850, but at the last moment the price jumped from $185 to $215.
Now that I knew I wanted a GTX 660, I needed to figure out which manufacturer to purchase from. I hate Gigabyte motherboards and I proudly show off my awesome MSI motherboard to everyone. I wanted an MSI Power Edition or Twin Frozer III GTX 660. I found one for the exact same price as this Gigabyte. Even though I hate Gigabyte's motherboards, I love their Windforce coolers on graphics cards. My 7750 could be turned up to 100% speed and all you heard was the whooshing of air. The fan bearing must be pretty good to hear no noise from the fan spinning. Gigabyte fans are also larger (About 90mm) and that means they move more air than smaller fans (Like on MSI's) and at a lower noise level. MSI's TWIII fans are supposedly "Impeller blade fans", but to me they just look tiny and noisy, much like a really old 8400GS I had once that just couldn't keep quiet. The blue and black Gigabyte color scheme also matches my MSI mobo very well :P If you haven't tried either brand's custom graphics cards cooler, I'd recommend using MSI's just to try it out because I hear it works very well. I decided to do the tried and true Gigabyte Windforce skew. It works well enough anyway and I got fairly high overclocks. I'm not going to share them with you because every GPU and memory module is different and can sustain higher overclocks. I don't want anyone to damage their GPU because they saw someone else achieve those results. Sometimes you can only get 10-20MHz, and sometimes you can get hundreds of MHz.