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This is a quality card with a great feature set and a free game the deal is awesome when OC'd its 670 performance
on August 27, 2012
My system specs:
AMD 8120 FX 8 core processor
Gigabyte UD3 AM3+ board
16 gig or Corsair DDR3 RAM
Samsung SSD 830 drive
Windows 7 64 bit
*Included as performance may very from system to system. MY statement are solely related to the system I've listed above.
This video card is replacing a crossfired Radeon 6870 setup. After doing alot of homework I found that this card performs as well as this setup but at a fraction of the power. In fact this card draws so little power replacing my 6870 would make a bit difference in electric cost savings over the next two years now that I've upgraded. Using some simple math and killowatt per hour rating from my electric company over two years I save 170 in electric cost.
Not bad....now lets move on to the good stuff you want to hear. But I did want ot be fair for the "green" guys out there that like to see efficiency in a product also.
The included EVGA Precision X Tuner automatically boosts the clocks for you to 1110 got the GPU which is more than the already factory clock out of the box and it runs quite stable. Be aware that the precision X tuner does have the ability in the setting to be able to display the GPU, MEM, temperature , etc in the game real time and for EVGA awesomeness they gave us the ability to see it on a Logitech LCD panel. Another +1 for EVGA. The end results are earth shattering performance in DX11 games with just a single GPU. With my Radeon 6870 setup i was using a GTX 430 as a hybrid physX card with special drivers. So for myself I could still retain the 430 to use with the new EVGA 660 as a dedicated PHysX card and for CUDA.
I was impressed that in The Secret World i was able to obtain at ULTIMATE settings in DX11 mode with everything maxed out a steady 45-50 frames per second. The game is drop dead gorgeous with smooth game play on this card With my Crossfire 6870's I was getting 34-40 fps and I had to knock down the tesselation as it was causing some performance hits in some areas of the game The 660 from EVGA no matter what I threw at it remained steady at 45 -50 fps. This card is very stable out of the box and it played my new favorite game flawlessly. I went through some dual crossfire driver and profile pains initially with my 6870 crossfire setup but to AMD's defense so did Nvidia players. Please note I've used AMD cards for 8 years, prior to that a couple of Nvidia cards and 3dfx I have a long history of 3d gaming cards. I hope you don't feel there's bias I go with the card with the best feature set and performance per dollar with decent power draw. Some may care about some of not at all. My review will tell you about all sides of the coin including overclocking.
I also , have, a Vizio 3D 42" television and I will say I was disappointed that nvidia does not include the 3d TV play. To Nvidia's defense ATI does have a solution of the Tridef software which was 25 dollars for AMD users. *NOTE* to AMD users moving to an Nvidia card. Your key from Tridef is an AMD card key. You will be required to purchase another key as it does recognize the AMD discounted key.
Now, after the warning I gave on the Tridef software activation and after seeing how Tridef performs with ATI and Nvidia I can tell you that Tridef does the better job for both companies. I don't recommend getting Nvidia 3D Play if you get this card for stereoscopic 3d. I do recommend another card dedicated to Physx although you can use the 660 as well you may not enjoy the performance hit that it would take on your game when you like to run everything at full eyecandy.
To sum up, the EVGA SC+ card does a fine job at performance, out of the box and Nvidia's recent drivers deliver great performance with not many bugs that I've seen so far. For a new card I'm impressed at the reliability and stability.
Im even further shocked that it is outperforming my 6870 crossfire rig in most of my DX11 games about 20 percent on average. Now just to mention, but for us 3d gamers it's not so important, but I did notice moving from my 6870's my desktop seemed to produce a noticeable crisper display on my Vizio 3d led tv.
The colors also seemed more natural not as vibrant as it was on my AMD 6870. The AMD does have setting to correct things like that but I think Nvidia nailed the default setting for 2D out of box. Furthermore, in some cases with AMD I've always run into scaling issues on my HDTV's where out of the box the default driver setting leave me a 1/2 inch border requiring me to scale the display to fit the border correctly. Out of the box my 660 didn't have any such issues. It detected my display and it was sized properly right out the box. I do think little things like this is very important for me to review on potential buyers.
Next, the installation was so simple. However, I did use Drivercleaner.net to wipe out all instances of ATI software and registry entried prior to installing as I've heard about conflicts. SO I suggest that you clean out first.
Uninstall all Nvidia and ATI AMD software in the cotrol panel. Then set your video controller to Standard Display. Then run a cleaner on your system before installing your new card.
Finally, the cards price at 339.00 may sound steep to you. But right now it comes with Borderlands 2 and the current price model they set for the 660 is definitely hooking some buyers as it did me. I was using AMD cards for 8 years and this card just appealed to me for all the reasons in this review. After i bought the game within just 3 days I got an email from Nvidia giving me the code redeem on STEAM. Yes, be aware the game is a STEAM code not DRM free if that upsets some of you then think twice as I wanted to share that I had to get the STEAM code. That doesn't bother me. The plus side of this bonus is that you do get the pre-order items as it comes up as the Pre-order not just the standard version of the game. Now the price retail of Borderlands 2 is 59.99. This EVGA SC+ card is 339.99. So in essense you get the card for 279.99!! This is 100 less that a Radeon 7950 and little over a hundred less than a 670. In OC mode using Precision X software this card is putting out identicle maybe 5-10 percent less at times than the 670 when the performance is boosted by Precision X.
You can't beat this deal. It's 670 performance for over a hundred less. It's main competitor the 7870 with the Borderlands 2 included is just not a good deal for AMD at this time. The card is awesome, this game deal included is awesome, the card is stable, the drivers are stable and in conclusion i'm trying to find a way to ding a star because usually there's something catchy or something that just doesn't work. And the new features of adaptive refresh which I've used is so nice to not see anymore tears in the screen due to the refresh rate changes the feature works great. TXAA be aware at 4X in Secret World my performance significantly dropped but i had to tone it down to 2X TXAA and this game is the only game that uses it. You'll get a gorgeous picture no jaggies or tears between TXAA and adaptive refreh rate feature. I suspect this will improve with time.
I can't find big problems folks this is the card at the best price point with a great game included. If you can look past it being a STEAM download the deal your getting just cannot be beat. EVGA hit the bulls eye with this one.
You will be pleased with the card and be sure you run the Precision X included software it does boost performance up to 10-20 percent. I hope you find the review useful. I did not run all types of benchmarks due to the fact that you can find those around the web. My review was to give you what it does in the real world with a recent game and how easy it was to boost the clock with the included app and the expected performance you'll get when moving from a previous generation of Nvidia or AMD cards. If you already have a SLI or crossfire rig you will get some improvement with just a single GPU but don't expect much more. In that case you may want to skip this generation from AMD and Nvidia. But for single card users expect a nice 50 percent jump in performance and being able to run all games you got in DX11 at 1080P over 40 fps average.
I hope this helps you make your decision as I wanted to give it a few days before spilling my brain out.