Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti

I had to get a new video card recently because my parallel programming course required a CUDA compatible card and I didn't have one. The only other option was using the computers in a classroom that is booked most of the time. So after much deliberating I decided on GTX 660 Ti.

I had the HD 6850 (~150) previously and it was a pretty good card for the price.  That card fits roughly in the high middle between the GTX 550 Ti (~$125) and the GTX 560 Ti (~$200). The 560, in gaming terms anyway, is maybe 15% faster than the 6850 and the 550 is about 30% slower, although it can easily vary depending on game and settings. So basically, if I wanted something about the same or just slightly better I'd have to spend around $200. Then I looked at Nvidia's latest card, the GTX 660 Ti. It has between 2 and 3 times the performance depending on settings for $300. For 50% more money I can get much more that 50% the performance, count me in.

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