Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 and 650 expected in September, GTX 660 Ti reviewed early

By on August 2, 2012, 1:30 PM

Last we heard, Nvidia was getting ready to expand its its Kepler-based GPU lineup beyond the current high end offerings, with a sub-$300 GeForce GTX 660 Ti arriving at some point in mid-August. Now fresh rumours are pointing at two additional graphics cards to cover the mainstream ~$190 - $230 price range, with the GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650 reportedly scheduled for release in September.

Similar to the GTX 670 and upcoming GTX 660 Ti, the non-Ti GTX 660 would be based on the GK104 core, but with 5 or 7 SMX units enabled for a total of 960 or 1152 CUDA cores. The card is expected to feature 2GB of GDDR5 memory along a 192-bit interface. Its expected price is $229.

Meanwhile, the GTX 650 appears to be a GT 640 with GDDR5 memory and improved clocks. It will reportedly feature the same GK107 chip as its lower-end sibling, with 384 CUDA cores clocked beyond 1GHz and 1GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit bus. As it’s often the case, partners will be able allowed to custom-design their own variations of the card with extra memory and better coolers.

The GTX 650 is rumored to hit the market shelves on September 17 at a price range of $189-$199. Later in the year during Q4 Nvidia is said to be releasing an in-between model, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, based on the GK107 with 960 active cores and 1 or 2 GB of memory on a 192-bit bus.

In the meantime those in the market for a ~$300 graphics card have the GeForce GTX 660 Ti to look forward to. TweakTown managed to get a sample and posted an early review of the card ahead of its official launch, and from the looks of it, AMD’s Radeon HD 7870 has some serious competition ahead.




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Blue Falcon said:

I always laugh at TweakTown's game selection. HAWX 2? Far Cry 2? Mafia 2? Seriously?

They have a new article with an overclocked GTX660Ti. Page 13 (the only page where they enabled Anti-aliasing and AF!!!) shows that this card is too neutered to catch up to a stock GTX670:

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NV did a nice job making GTX670 feel like they still have a premium card since with 24 ROPs and that crippled memory bandwidth, the 660Ti is going to fall way short with AA in modern games. However if this comes in at $250-275, it'll be a good card against the 7870. It's about time we got some competition from NV. They are taking almost half a year to launch their GTX650/660 cards. ..dang.

Modena said:

Yeah they're game selection is weak no doubt... Nonetheless the 660ti is looking great. Been waiting to upgrade from my GTX460, and this will be that card. Looking forward to a real review by TechSpot!!!

noel24 said:

Seriously? Replacement for GTX 450 and 550 with few % performance improvement over the latter for $200? Dollar lost 50% of its value since last year or TSMC is bleeding them? They should stick with 40nm node, if they can't price 28nm decently. And I'm not talking Nvidia only here. With HD 6850 out of production now, apparently, since it's back in over $150 range, 5-20% slower HD 7770 for $120-140 is a joke.

Ultraman1966 said:

That's what happens when there's no real competition... the last two years has been a game of stagnation...

noel24 said:

Ok, I've got a question: If GTX680 with 1500 Kepler CUDAs, 1GHz clock & 256bit DDR5 is 10-30% faster than GTX580 with 512 Fermi CUDAs & 772MHz clock on a 384bit DDR5, does it mean that GTX650 with 384 Kepler CUDAs on 128bit DDR5 will be faster than GTX560 with 336 Fermi CUDAs on 256bit DDR5 for the same money (around $200). Unless they clock it like crazy, I dont think it will. And still memory bus will be a bottleneck in some games like it was with HD7770 vs HD6850, sold for the same price.

mevans336 mevans336 said:

Yeah they're game selection is weak no doubt... Nonetheless the 660ti is looking great. Been waiting to upgrade from my GTX460, and this will be that card. Looking forward to a real review by TechSpot!!!

I've been waiting to upgrade my GTX460 also. Can't wait to see a real review that includes modern games and noise levels.

Aveon Aveon said:

Me too waiting to replace my 3 year old 460!

Guest said:

can I have your 460s? I have a 9400gt

Guest said:

The GTX 650 with a measley 128-bit bus for around $200???? Seriously!?

There are other cards out there right now that have more cores+256-bit bus for around that price. Come on Nvidia!

Guest said:

"The GTX 650 is rumored to hit the market shelves on September 17 at a price range of $189-$199. Later in the year during Q4 Nvidia is said to be releasing an in-between model, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, based on the GK107 with 960 active cores and 1 or 2 GB of memory on a 192-bit bus."

Wow was that wayyyyyy off. This, folks, is why we dont post stories weeks before anyone actually knows anything.

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