Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My GTX 660 Ti video card is here!

My birthday is coming up, so I got myself this to celebrate: it's an Nvidia GeForce 660 Ti video card, the gaming muscle in my hackintosh gaming machine. So far, it's been pretty sweet. I have no reason to complain about its performance. And one day I will overclock, but for now I'm just happy to have a reasonably powerful video card. Mini review after the jump!

What is it, exactly?

The 660 Ti is something of a controversial video card. Some say it's similar in architecture to the more expensive, high-end GeForce 670. (The 660 Ti is classified as a mid- to high-end card.) Others say it's overpriced. My conclusion (after much research) is that it punches above its weight, but only if you overclock it. Then it gives the 670 a run for its money. Thankfully, MSI's version of the 660 Ti was made for overclocking. But like I said, I'll leave that for another day.

Stick it in!

Installation is easy. Just stick it in the appropriate slot, plug in the two power cables, and turn on your computer.

Hackintosh installation proved to be pretty straightforward. I got the 660 Ti because it's supposed to be compatible with my system right out of the box. All I had to do was go to Multibeast and set GraphicsEnabler=No. This means that Mac OS X will know what to do with the video card, no additional coaxing required. It just worked (after wrestling with my wireless keyboard, but that's another story). It was working fine out of the box, but I installed the latest drivers just in case.

It's got zip

I've yet to benchmark the card, so for now, I'll be very unscientific. The most graphically-intense game I have right now is Witcher 2, and it's running butter smooth on Mac OS X. Portal 2 is running on mid to high settings. Civ V is running on low to mid settings for some reason, but some forums say this is because I'm running it on a Mac. I will be getting Windows 8 as soon as I find a copy of Windows 8 System Builder, but for now it's out-of-stock everywhere I've checked. I'm not even sure if they were ever in stock in local retail, but it's only a matter of time until it's everywhere. Once I've got Windows, I can put the computer through some serious gaming. So… Until next time, nerds!

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