After rolling out the GK104 GPU in the GeForce GTX 600 high-end, Nvidia has introduced the GK106, a second GPU designed to make Kepler architecture accessible to gamers. Will it finally push the Radeon HD 7800s to one side? This is what we’re going to find out in this comprehensive review of the GeForce GTX 660 in which we will look at SLI performance, the Asus DirectCU II TOP version and whether it’s worth upgrading from an older generation card.
Kepler for everyone
Nvidia has been able to put the GK104 in numerous products to cover the whole of the high-end segment and has even managed to dip into the ‘Performance’ section, the preferred gamer choice coming in at between €200 and €300. The GeForce GTX 660 Ti
, which isn’t far off €300, doesn’t however really make Nvidia competitive with the Radeon HD 7800s, which have done very well since their launch six months ago.
Given that this is one of the biggest market segments, Nvidia had to address the situation with something more than just end of line products from the previous generation.
To popularise Kepler architecture among gamers, a faster derivative of the GK107 (though apparently not fast enough for Nvidia to want the specialised press to take too close a look…) in the form of the GeForce GTX 650 wasn’t enough. An intermediary GPU was required between the GK104 and the GK107. This is where the GK106 comes in, introduced first of all with the GeForce GTX 660 announced at €230, before shortly appearing at 150€ on the GeForce GTX 650 Ti.