NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Video Card Review w/ ASUS, EVGA & MSIThu, Aug 16, 2012 - 8:00 AM
First up on the hot seat we have the MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Twin Frozr. It took just about 7 minutes for the heat sink to reach its maximum temperature. That tells us that it is doing a great job of moving the heat off of the card! The maximum temperature reached was 72c. At 43% the fans were still extremely quiet. At idle the fans are spinning at just 31% and can’t be heard over the PSU and CPU fans. When booting up you will hear them spin up for just a moment.
Next up was the EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Super Clock. Remember that EVGA stuck with the reference designed cooler for the GeForce GTX 660 Ti entry. You can see that the maximum temperature reached is 75 degrees. It’s also worth noting that it took just short of 3 minutes to reach its maximum. The fan was spinning at 49% and was louder than the CPU and PSU fan.
Finally we have the ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti. Its maximum temperature was 70 degrees and it took over 6 minutes to get there. The ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti was the quietest card in our GeForce GTX 660 Ti trio. The fans do not throttle up on bootup, so it is unlikely you will ever hear the fans on this video card.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Super Clock is still a relatively quiet card, especially compared to an AMD HD 7970. In this case it is simply outmatched by the pair from ASUS and MSI which are outfitted with excellent cooling solutions. All of these cards will keep temperatures in check and allow you some overclocking headroom without the need for ear plugs.