Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II TOP graphics card that makes sparks: Review & Specs

Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II TOP graphic card is powerful, quiet and well cooled. It offers four video outputs (two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort). The price of 262 euros still seems exaggerated.

With this model, mid-range, powerful and well cooled, Asus scoring. The asking price seems an exaggeration.

Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II TOP
The promise

Asus offers its version of the GeForce GTX 660 from Nvidia. This mid-range chip, sold between 229 and 280 euros depending on the brands, to delight the fiercest players. The Asus model components are more “inflated” in frequency than the Gigabyte (229 euros).

The Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II TOP Asus combines power and silent. This graphics card is equipped with mid-range components whose frequency has been increased slightly. Thus provided, it is shaped to the game in high definition on a screen of 24 inches (61 cm). Asus saw the big picture: dissipation system with a large copper heatsink that overlook two fans. The whole is enclosed in a metal shroud, which increases the rigidity of the card and gives it an air of race car. The graphics chip is very well cooled (63 ° C maximum), and two fans extremely quiet. Like all GTX 660, Asus model does not require a power plug PCI-Express to six pins. Despite its 25.6 cm long, the graphics card should be able to integrate a lot of PC in turn, without having to change the power supply. At the back of the card, four video outputs welcome screens DVI, HDMI or DisplayPort.

Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II TOP
The Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II TOP graphics chip has a GK106 clocked at 1073 MHz (980 MHz against normally) and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory slightly accelerated. It is therefore not surprising that makes sparks. In addition, thanks to the Nvidia GPU Boost technology, it can get more power (+ 6-8%) when the games do not exploit its potential. And its power consumption is well controlled. This card was tested with configuration consisting of motherboard Asus P8Z77-V Pro, an Intel Core i7-3770k, 16 GB Kingston memory, and the system and games are installed on a brand Crucial SSD. The GeForce GTX 660 has very good scores in all tests (between 70 and 180 frames per second) and is neck and neck with the Gigabyte model. This generally keeps hold of all the games a little older. However, for recent titles, map doped & Asus seems more effective than the Gigabyte.


The verdict

The GeForce GTX 660 is a very good graphics card, powerful, quiet and well cooled. It is also a bit expensive. If you buy before 12 December 2012, Nvidia offers the game Assassin’s Creed III. Asus also offers a version GTX660-2GD5-DC2TG with a code to download a free Ubisoft game from a selection of five titles. This was all regarding Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II TOP graphics card.


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