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Inno3D GeForce GTX 670 iChill, Inno3D GeForce GTX 660 Ti Graphics Cards

A couple of mid-range adapters with original cooling systems.

January 30, 2013



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Performance tests

Testbed:

  • 2 x Intel Core i7-3960X (o/c to 4 GHz) CPU
  • Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance CPU cooler
  • Intel Thermal Solution RTS2011LC cooler
  • ASUS Sabertooth X79 motherboard on the Intel X79 chipset
  • MSI X79A-GD45(8B) motherboard on the Intel X79 chipset
  • 16GB of 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 DDR3 SDRAM
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB SATA2 HDD
  • WD Caviar Blue WD10EZEX 1TB SATA2 HDD
  • 2 x Corsair Neutron CSSD-N120GB3-BK SSD
  • 2 x 1200W Corsair CMPSU-1200AXEU PSU
  • Corsair Obsidian 800D Full-Tower case
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, DirectX 11
  • 30" Dell UltraSharp U3011 display
  • VSync disabled
  • AMD Catalyst 12.11beta8; NVIDIA Drivers 310.70

Benchmarks:

  • 3DMark 11 (FutureMark) — DirectX 11.0, Performance settings.
  • Aliens vs. Predator (Rebellion/SEGA) — DirectX 11.0, Very High settings, run from in game.
  • Nexuiz (2012) (IllFonic/THQ) — DirectX 11.0, built-in benchmark, maximum quality settings.
  • Crysis 2 Maximum Edition (Crytek/EA) — DirectX 11.0, Very High settings, Central Park level, launched with the Adrenaline Crysis 2 Benchmark Tool.
  • DiRT: Showdown (Codemasters) — DirectX 11.0, Ultra High settings, launched as follows: dirt showdown.exe -benchmark example_benchmark.xml.
  • F1 2010 (Codemasters) — DirectX 11.0, Ultra High settings, run as follows: "formulaone.exe -benchmark example_benchmark.xml".
  • Hard Reset (Flying Wild Hog) — DirectX 11.0, built-in benchmark, maximum quality settings.
  • Heaven Benchmark 2.0 (Unigine) — DirectX 11.0, High settings.
  • Metro 2033 (4A Games/THQ) — DirectX 11.0, Super High settings, PhysX disabled, run from in game.
  • Total War: Shogun 2 (Creative Assembly/SEGA) — DirectX 11.0, maximum quality settings.
  • Sleeping Dogs (United Front Games/Square Enix) — DirectX 11.0, built-in benchmark, maximum quality settings.

Total War: Shogun 2


Hard Reset


Unigine Heaven Benchmark DirectX 11


Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11


Nexiuz (2012)


F1 2010


3DMark 11


DiRT: Showdown


Metro 2033


Crysis 2


Sleeping Dogs

Final thoughts

The capability rating compares each graphics card with GeForce GT 630, which is considered a baseline, or 100%. The rating is based on both synthetic and gaming results and shows, as the name implies, what a product is capable of.

The usability rating is obtained by dividing each card's capability rating by its price. It basically shows whether a given product is over or underpriced, considering what it can do, and thus how reasonable it is to buy it.

The complete ratings can be found in our i3Dspeed. Below are just the parts relevant to today's review.

Sorted by capability (high to low)

# Card Capability rating Usability rating Approx. price, USD
08 Inno3D GTX 670 iChill 2048MB, 1019–1120/6200 760 157 485
09 GTX 670 2048MB, 915–1030/6000 740 171 432
10 HD 7970 3072MB, 925/925/5500 720 149 484
13 Inno3D GTX 660 Ti 2048MB, 915–1030/6000 640 203 315
14 GTX 660 Ti 2048MB, 915–1030/6000 640 196 326
15 HD 7950 3072MB, 800/800/5000 620 176 353
17 HD 7870 2048MB, 1000/1000/4800 560 198 283

Inno3D GTX 670 iChill takes the lead in its segment, outperforming even Radeon HD 7970, prices being almost the same. Inno3D GTX 660 Ti performs on a par with the reference GTX 660 Ti, and they both beat the AMD Radeon HD 7950.

Sorted by usability (high to low)

# Card Usability rating Capability rating Approx. price, USD
12 Inno3D GTX 660 Ti 2048MB, 915–1030/6000 203 640 315
15 HD 7870 2048MB, 1000/1000/4800 198 560 283
17 GTX 660 Ti 2048MB, 915–1030/6000 196 640 326
24 HD 7950 3072MB, 800/800/5000 176 620 353
25 GTX 670 2048MB, 915–1030/6000 171 740 432
29 Inno3D GTX 670 iChill 2048MB, 1019–1120/6200 157 760 485
31 HD 7970 3072MB, 925/925/5500 149 720 484

On average, Inno3D GTX 660 Ti is cheaper than other GTX 660 Ti adapters. As for Inno3D GTX 670 iChill, it yields to Radeon HD 7950 because of the higher price. In turn, Radeon HD 7970 falls behind.

Inno3D GeForce GTX 670 iChill is an excellent graphics adapter, working at very low temperatures and with very little noise. The only disadvantage is its big size: 3 slots thick and longer than 30 cm.

Inno3D GeForce GTX 660 Ti is also a good choice, with a smaller, dual-slot cooling system that does its job very nicely. Compared to the iChill, the only drawback is more noise.


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