GeForce GTX 660: OEM And Retail Cards With Different GPUs?
Two GPUs, Two Cards, One Model Name
Some of Nvidia's board partners are adding unnecessary confusion to the GeForce GTX 660 model name. Although the retail GeForce GTX 660 cards center exclusively on the GK106 GPU, Asus is manufacturing an OEM version with a cut-down GK104 graphics processor and two six-pin power connectors.
In order to deliberately handicap this card's performance (since it has more CUDA cores than a GK106), its GPU and memory frequencies are slowed down.
|GeForce GTX 660 Ti||GeForce GTX 660Retail||Asus GTX 660DirectCU II Top||GeForce GTX 660 OEM|
|Fabrication Process||28 nm||28 nm|
|Core/Boost Clock||915/980 MHz||980/1072 MHz||1033/1137 MHz||824/899 MHz|
|Memory Clock||1502 MHz GDDR5||1502 MHz GDDR5||1527 MHz GDDR5||1400 MHz GDDR5|
|Memory Bandwidth||144.2 GB/s||144.2 GB/s||146.6 GB/s||134.4 GB/s|
|Graphics RAM||2 GB GDDR5||2 GB GDDR5|
|Power Connectors||2 x 6-pin||1 x 6-pin||2 x 6-pin|
|Maximum Thermal Design Power||150 W||140 W||~145 W||140 W|
Asus' GeForce GTX 660 OEM With GK104
An OEM graphics card shouldn't be available in the retail channel, but rather only to system builders. Thus, the cooling system is cheaper and the effort that goes into nice acoustics is a lot less focused. Moreover, Asus uses the shorter reference GeForce GTX 670 PCB, equipping it with two six-pin power connectors and a six-phase voltage regulator.
The GK104 GPU on this OEM board sports 1152 CUDA cores operating at an 824 MHz base frequency, averaging a GPU Boost rate of 899 MHz. Moreover, the card's 2 GB of GDDR5 runs at 1400 MHz, which is less than the retail offering.
Asus GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II Top
The factory-overclocked retail model utilizes Nvidia's 960-core GK106 GPU set to a 1033 MHz base frequency. Its average GPU Boost speed is 1137 MHz, rather than 1072.
However, Asus puts a lot more effort into its cooling, even if this card's single six-pin power connector suggests less overclocking headroom. Another digital six-phase voltage regulator matches the OEM board's circuitry.
The following memory bandwidth tests and GPGPU benchmarks were run using the retail GeForce GTX 660 with Nvidia's GK106 GPU and reference clock rates. We aren't using the factory-overclocked card from Asus for any of our tests.