With all new games that have come out recently such as Hitman: Absolution, Borderlands2, and Assassin’s creed 3, getting a new graphics card is imperative especially if you have been holding out on one. ASUS has a relatively wallet-friendly option in the form of the Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II TOP graphics card.
As far as looks are concerned, the GTX 660 looks like any other card that has the DirectCU II cooling system attached to it. There are two 10mm fans and heatpipes that are used to cool the processor cores down. In terms of I/O ports, one Displayport and the HDMI port are available for use. Much like most graphics cards of this size, the GTX 660 requires two slots in the expansion bay, which is needed for better cooling and airflow.
Two 6-pin PCIe power adapters are needed to power up the card, which is not bad compared to the power guzzlers that are the current crop of high end cards in the market. On paper, the GTX 660 consumes a measly 130 watts of power on peak load and low 10 watts on idle.
As the GTX 660 is an NVIDIA graphics card powered by the kepler processor, the main bulk of the features on offer by NVIDIA such as quad monitor setup is also available here. Whilst performance in games slightly drop down when in multi monitor mode, you still have the options to tweak the settings in order to get the most optimum performance in game.
As far as benchmark scores go, the GTX 660 performs great. But where real-life performance concerned, it allows you to play your games at respectably acceptable and occasionally high settings in games where graphic prowess is not really that much of concern. In short: not as mind blowingly awesome as its higher end brethren ,but very solid nonetheless.
It does admittedly get a bit noisy when put through its paces, but nothing that distracts you from enjoying your games. There were no heat issues to speak of ,thanks to the powerful cooling that is the DirectCUII ,and all this at a relatively affordable price range.
Chipset : NVIDIA GTX 660
Core Clock Speed:1.071 GHz
Memory size : 2 GB DDRS