Introduction to GK106 – The Affordable Kepler
The GK106 chip was introduced on 13th September with the launch of GeForce GTX 660 and GeForce GTX 650 graphic cards which paved NVIDIA’s way in to the sub-$250 market.
NVIDIA initially has access to a much lower TSMC 28nm capacity which affected its long term GPU supply. This caused a long delay for sub-$300 GPUs to arrive after the launch of GTX 680 and GTX 670. A month before the GK106′s official debut, NVIDIA had launched the GTX 660 TI. Once again featuring its highly acclaimed Kepler GK104 architecture, the GPU was available at a sweet price point of $299 pumping out incredible performance to consumers. However there was yet a bigger gap for NVIDIA to fill in which was already dominated by AMD’s HD 7800 series GPUs, the $150-$250 inventory was missing from NVIDIA’s lineup.
Only a month after the launch of GeForce GTX 660 Ti was it to be filled with the simultaneous launch of two GK106 GPUs, the GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650. NVIDIA has always heavily depended on its sub-$250 price-range cards but with AMD dominating it with their own Southern Islands cards, the competition was though and today we are gonna show how NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 660 fares against the GPUs from Red Team.