Nvidia GTX 660 Review: Zotac AMP! Edition vs MSI Twin Frozr

By on September 13, 2012
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Kepler for the masses.

Good: Decently powerful for 1080p gaming with highest settings; Custom cards from partners will run cooler & quieter; SLI provides over 20% performance boost compared to similarly priced GTX 680.
Bad: Limited overclocking headroom with pre-overclocked cards.
Price: AED 1,000
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr OC Edition comes with MSI’s famous Twin Frozr III heatsink. With the PCB coming out to 8.8-inches, the dual-slot heatsink atop the MSI GTX 660 looks rather impressive. Although looking at the empty space on the PCB, I’m surprised MSI didn’t shave another inch off the board; perhaps better cooling was top priority.

The heatsink is massive, with the aluminum fins block covering the entire surface area of the PCB. However, the only thing in direct contact is the GPU, with three heatpipes extending outwards. The two 75mm fans provide more than enough airflow into the heatsink, with a metal cover on top.


All of this is good enough to allow MSI to over clock their GTX 660 Twin Frozr with 1033MHz (1098MHz boosted) on the core clock, while memory speeds remain the same as reference, with 6008MHz. The core clock has a decent 5.4% speed boost; not as much as I expected.

The build quality of the MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr is as solid as the Zotac GTX 660 AMP! Edition, only bigger. This may help the former keep the card cooler than the competition.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

  • Fayçal Assaad

    I wanna pick up the fastest GTX 660 there is. Is this (Zotac 660 AMP) it or the Asus 660 DC2 TOP?

  • Obie327

    I got the Msi twin frozer oc one. Fast , Quiet, And good looking. Wonderfully light on power draw and has 2 gigs of ram. Nice :)

  • daya

    with new card generation & oc version, PhysX OFF???

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