The one thing I could've told you, though, was the second we got our hands on a GTX 660 Ti, we were going to start testing the card straight away. Even if NVIDIA wanted to work with us on this video card launch, we would've said no. Not because we're trying to be difficult, but because NVIDIA simply don't have enough respect towards us to support us on the high-end models and choose to only come out and play with us on the mid-range and lower ones. This is obvious by the fact we still haven't tested a GTX 690.
We're actually expecting retail versions of the GTX 660 Ti to start coming in, but out of respect to the partners that we like, we will follow the imaginary launch date that doesn't really exist to us. That doesn't stop us from having a play with a video card that came to us literally tonight. That is a video card that arrived with no package, no bundle - just the card and a driver CD. Just like the GTX 670, though, we reviewed this video card from a company's R&D department and while the cooler design is new to us, when the model officially launches, it would be obvious who sent the sample. For that reason we have to refrain from pictures of the video card again. To be honest, though, we feel that people care more about the results than they do the look.
The card we're looking at today carries with it the default clock speeds we'll see on reference clocked GTX 660 Ti based cards and that's what we'll be testing at today. The bottom line is we don't want to bite the hand that feeds us, and for that reason, we don't want to do anything that can give away who sent the card to us. While we're happy for NVIDIA to winge at us, we don't want them winging at the people who give us the ability to do this.
There's not a whole lot we can do today when it comes to showing the card. We will, though, check out the (edited) GPU-Z screenshot and quickly cover the clock speed side of things before we take a closer look at the testbed we're using and the cards we'll be using in our graphs today. Once we've done that it's just straight into the performance side of things.
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