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Asus GTX 660 Direct CU II TOP 2GB GDDR5 GPU Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specification
  3. Closer Look
  4. Test bench and testing methodology
  5. Futuremark Benchmarks
  6. Cinebench OpenGL Benchmarks
  7. Catzilla BETA ALLBenchmark
  8. Unigine Heavens DX11 Benchmark
  9. Battlefield 3 (Episode Operation: Swordfish) Benchmark
  10. Dirt 3 DX 11 Benchmark
  11. Passion Leads Army (Unreal 3 Engine) Benchmark
  12. Resident Evil 5 DX10 Benchmark
  13. Sniper Elite V2 DX11 Benchmark
  14. Sleeping Dogs DX 11 Benchmark
  15. Overclocked Performance Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. View All

It gives me great pleasure to say that I get hardware support from the manufacturers to review not only their own products but others on behalf of the readers. Its some companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, Western Digital and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached and that helps me to help you! Thumbs up to these guys!

I would like to thank:

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
Test Setup for: Asus GTX 660 Direct CU II TOP 2GB GDDR5
Motherboard+ Processor Gigabyte 890GPAUD3H Rev 1.0+ AMD 965BE
Memory Kingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS drive WD 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB
Power Supply Corsair TX750
Chassis Open Test Bench
LCD Panel Dell E228WFP 22 Inch 16:10 (1680x 1050 Max. Resolution)
Operating System Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate SP1
GPU Driver Used Nvidia 310.70 Drivers

Every Benchmark (Except Battlefield 3) has been done by running the tests 3 times. Scores that are posted are of 3rd run. The drive is formatted and OS + GPU Driver via Asus’ website installed. PhysX is disabled throughout the test.

3DMark 11 Performance Preset: Tested with standard setting preset by FutureMark with 1280x 720 Resolution+ Moderate Load

3DMark Vantage GPU benchmark:

Performance Preset High Preset
Screen Resolution: 1280×1024 1680×1050
Multisample Count: 1 2
Multisample Quality: 0 1
Texture Filtering: Trilinear Anisotropic
Max Anisotropy: N/A 8
Texture Quality: Performance High
Shadow Shader Quality: Performance High
Shadow Resolution Quality: Performance High
POM Shader Quality: Performance High
Volumetric Rendering Quality: Performance High
Post-Processing Scale: 1:2 1:2

Cinebench Benchmarks

Cinebench 10- OpenGL Score

Cinebench 11.5- OpenGL Score


Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX11 Benchmark

Preset 1: Tessellation: Disabled; Shaders: Low; Anisotropy: Off AA: off

Preset 2: Tessellation: Extreme; Shaders: High; Anisotropy: 16x AA: 8X

Preset 3: Tessellation: Normal; Shaders: High Anisotropy: 4x AA: 8x


Battlefield 3 (Chapter: Operation Swordfish)

Preset 1: 1600 x 900 Resolution/ Preset: Ultra

Preset 2: 1680 x 1050 Resolution/Preset: Ultra

Preset 3: 1680 x 1050 Resolution/Preset: High

Preset 4: 1680 x 1050 Resolution/Preset: Medium

Benchmarked using Fraps


Sleeping Dogs DX 11 Benchmark

Preset 1: Quality AA: Normal; HD Textures: Off; Shadow Resolution: Off; Shadow Filtering: Normal; SSAO: Normal; Motion Blur: Off; World Density: Extreme

Preset 2: Quality AA: High; HD Textures: Off; Shadow Resolution: Normal; Shadow Filtering: Normal; SSAO: Normal; Motional Blur: Off; World Density: Extreme

Preset 3: Quality AA: High; HD Textures: On; Shadow Resolution: High; Shadow Filtering: High; SSAO: High; Motion Blur: Off; World Density: Extreme

Preset 4: Quality AA: Extreme; HD Textures: On; Shadow Resolution: High; Shadow Filtering: High; SSAO: High; Motion Blur: Off; World Density: Extreme


Dirt 3 DX11 Benchmark

Benchmarks are done with Low, Medium, High and Ultra in-game presets using 1680 x 1050


Passion Leads Army (Unreal 3 Engine) Benchmark

DX9 Low-Performance Preset

DX9 Medium Performance Preset

DX11 High-Performance Preset


Metro 2033 Benchmark

Preset 1: DX11; Resolution: 1680 x 1050; Quality: Medium; AA: MSAA4X; Texture Filtering: AF 4X; DOF: Off
Preset 2: DX11; Resolution: 1280 x 1024; Quality: Medium; AA: MSAA4X; Texture Filtering: AF 4X; DOF: Off
Preset 3: DX11; Resolution: 1680 x 1050; Quality: Very High; AA: MSAA4X; Texture Filtering: AF 16X; DOF: On


Residential Evil 5 Benchmark

Preset 1- Resolution: 1680x 1050; AA: 2x; Motion Blur: On; Shadow DETAIL: High ; Texture Detail: High ; Overall Quality: High

Preset 2– Resolution: 1680x 1050; AA: c16x; Motion Blur: On; Shadow DETAIL: High ; Texture Detail: High ; Overall Quality: High


Sniper Elite V2 DX11 Benchmark

Preset 1- Texture Detail: Low; Shadow Detail: Low; AA: Low; Draw Distance: Low Anisotropic Filtering= off ; Motion Blur: On; Shader: On ; Advance Shadows= off; Super Sampling= 0

Preset 2- Texture Detail: high; Shadow Detail: high; AA: med; Draw Distance: high Anisotropic Filtering= off ; Motion Blur: On; Shader: On ; Advance Shadows= high; Super Sampling= 2.25x

Preset 3- Texture Detail: ultra; Shadow Detail: ultra; AA: med; Draw Distance: ultra Anisotropic Filtering= 16 ; Motion Blur: On; Shader: On ; Advance Shadows= high; Super Sampling= 4x


Overclock Gaming Performance Comparison Test

AllBenchmark Beta Benchmark

Preset “Cat” with 720p

Preset “Tiger” with 1080p

Preset “Catzilla” with 1440

Just like Anvil Benchmark for storage drives, I won’t be using Catzilla for comparing with other cards as it’s in BETA. Still, it’s an interesting test that I’ve grown fond of and I would like to run this on a regular basis. Catzilla ALLBenchmark is a test to check your computer’s graphics capabilities to see if it’s suited for latest games in best quality with the resolution preset and custom settings. What I really like about this test is that even due to lack of resources I can run tests without being limited to my screen’s resolution. Unlike 3DMark Benchmarks, I can not only run 1080p tests but also on 2560 x 1440 resolution preset.


3D Mark Vantage: Performance and High Preset


3D Mark 11: Performance Preset


Sleeping Dogs


Metro 2033

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