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Which NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660 to buy?

Hi there,

I am going to buy this GPU and wanted to know which of the below two to get-

MSI NVIDIA N660-2GD5/OC 2 GB GDDR5:
http://www.flipkart.com/msi-nvidia-n660-2gd5-oc-2-gb-gddr5-graphics-card/p/itmdh6j4rndvmgm8?pid=GRCDH6GYJXBUNPBX&otracker=from-search&srno=t_6&query=gtx+660&ref=a259f4c9-a26c-4207-a773-51254020ec98

or,

Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2 GB GDDR5:
http://www.flipkart.com/gigabyte-nvidia-geforce-gtx-660-2-gb-gddr5-gv-n660oc-2gd-graphics-card/p/itmdfbptzcztswrn?pid=GRCDFBPSXQAUPPUJ&otracker=from-search&srno=t_18&query=gtx+660&ref=a259f4c9-a26c-4207-a773-51254020ec98

The MSI card has only one fan with factory OCed, is this good enough for cooling.. I will be buying a CM HAF 912 case. The Gigabyte card has "N660OC-2GD" and MSI has "N660-2GD5".. what does this mean?

Thanks!
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    Well if ya buying from that site, only one is in stock so that would be the deciding factor...Without that the MSI's higher clock speed of the MSI would make my decision. Manufacturers set their factory over clocks based upon what the VRM and cooling system can handle....yes you can OC a card to match a higher OCd card but then again that card can be OCd too.

    The Giga has two fans but the lack of a shroud will somewhat reduce its effectiveness...check the user reviews to see if anything scares ya or grabs ya about either one

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125443
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127707
  2. Ik ik i might dont say this but ... why u dont get a Gtx 760 Instead?
  3. For the $250 price range, you can get 20-30% more performance by stepping up to a 760:

    http://www.evga.com/Products/ProductList.aspx?type=0&family=GeForce+700+Series+Family&chipset=GTX+760

    Unless you already have a 660 and you want to go SLI, I would recommend checking out the latest technology.
  4. JackNaylorPE said:
    Well if ya buying from that site, only one is in stock so that would be the deciding factor



    I'm not relying on the website.. I could get it from a local store too. But MSI deciding to go with single fan makes me wonder that this fan should be good.. like more RPM and better CFM? If not then I should probably go with Gigabyte like gonna_squeal suggested. And the reason I have double thoughts on Gigabyte is that I have not OCed any card before and don't really know how to do it. I know I could search around and watch a video but I'm afraid I'll mess it up.
  5. JackNaylorPE said:
    Well if ya buying from that site, only one is in stock so that would be the deciding factor...Without that the MSI's higher clock speed of the MSI would make my decision. Manufacturers set their factory over clocks based upon what the VRM and cooling system can handle....yes you can OC a card to match a higher OCd card but then again that card can be OCd too.

    The Giga has two fans but the lack of a shroud will somewhat reduce its effectiveness...check the user reviews to see if anything scares ya or grabs ya about either one

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125443
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127707



    Well the Gigabyte reviews did scare me.. two fans but still heat issues? But with MSI...with a good ventilated case I think it should not go beyond 70c which is good. I may go with MSI. Thanks!
  6. Ryan Klug said:
    For the $250 price range, you can get 20-30% more performance by stepping up to a 760:

    http://www.evga.com/Products/ProductList.aspx?type=0&family=GeForce+700+Series+Family&chipset=GTX+760

    Unless you already have a 660 and you want to go SLI, I would recommend checking out the latest technology.


    I'm in India and prices on the website are in rupees. And as for the 760 (PriPhaze's question as well), the price difference between 760 and 660 is close to 7k which is above 100$. And I also saw that you guys get free game with it! That's cool. But I don't get it with 760. Also I have a question on SLI if you don't mind... Can I SLI two same GPUs from different vendors? Also different clocked frequencies? Just like SLI MSI with Gigabyte?

    Thanks.
  7. u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
    pKal said:
    Ryan Klug said:
    For the $250 price range, you can get 20-30% more performance by stepping up to a 760:

    http://www.evga.com/Products/ProductList.aspx?type=0&family=GeForce+700+Series+Family&chipset=GTX+760

    Unless you already have a 660 and you want to go SLI, I would recommend checking out the latest technology.


    I'm in India and prices on the website are in rupees. And as for the 760 (PriPhaze's question as well), the price difference between 760 and 660 is close to 7k which is above 100$. And I also saw that you guys get free game with it! That's cool. But I don't get it with 760. Also I have a question on SLI if you don't mind... Can I SLI two same GPUs from different vendors? Also different clocked frequencies? Just like SLI MSI with Gigabyte?

    Thanks.


    Yes, you can do this as long as they are the same model such as a MSI GTX 660 and a Gigabyte GTX 660. You can even do it if the memory is a different size like 2GB and 4 GB. You can't do a 660 and a 660ti.


    Thanks a lot!
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