Gigabyte GTX 660 Windforce OC Edition Review

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Public education is one of those areas where it is always important to be innovating and figuring out new ways to teach. Teachers and administrators do just that on a regular basis and are always adapting to a new generation. The current generation of kids is using cell phones and touch screen equipment at very young ages. Teachers, on the other hand, have a tough time adjusting to the most recent technology. In fact, students of this generation end up showing teachers how to use a lot of technology. So, in a way, teachers and students have a symbiotic relationship. Students are able to gain knowledge from teachers, while the teachers can become better users of technology and thus utilize the tools at their disposal more effectively to educate.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Windforce OC

 

Gamers have a similar relationship with computer hardware manufacturers; both are always looking to push the limits of technology. However, a gamer’s budget is often limited and they are not able to afford the top of the line technology. Luckily, video card manufacturers are working to provide solutions for the budget issue, while maintaining the desired performance. The NVIDIA Kepler architecture, unquestionably, has been able to supply great performance with a reasonable price tag. The design for the GTX 660 features the new GK106 core and fits in perfectly with the other products in the GTX 600 series.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Windforce OC

 

The Gigabyte GTX 660 Windforce OC edition graphics card features a factory overclocked base clock 1033 MHz and a boost clock of 1097 MHz. The 2GB of GDDR5 memory on the Gigabyte 660 is clocked at an effective 6008 MHz and with three memory controllers making up the 192-bit bus width. The GTX 660 utilizes the NVIDIA GK106 GPU core, it has five SMX units consisting of 960 CUDA cores and 80 texture units. Gigabyte’s Windforce design has a custom cooling solution that has two 100mm fans, four copper heatpipes, and an inclined fin design to dissipate heat. Gigabyte designed their card using their Ultra Durable 2 technology, which utilizes high quality components to ensure the components have a long life. It features PCIe 3.0 and multiple options for connectivity including two dual-link DVI ports, an HDMI port, and a DisplayPort.

 

 

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