We thought, for a little while, that Point of View wasn't going to launch anything other than the reference-clocked GeForce GTX 660 and 650, but we aren't sad to be proven wrong.
Like so many times before (with GTX 660 Ti UltraCharged
, GTX 680 UltraCharged 4 GB for example)
, the company is building on its partnership with the TGT overclocking team.
The name of the new graphics card is GeForce GTX 660 2GB UltraCharged “Low Leakage Selection”, due to the “hand selected low leakage” GeForce GTX 660 GPU.
POV could have gone without adding 2 GB to the name, since all GTX 660 boards have this amount of GDDR5 VRAM. Still, it will be useful when browsing products.
The “UltraCharged” trait is what interests us, because it implies a measure of factory overclocking to the GPU and memory.
Sure enough, the GK106 graphics processing unit operates at a base clock of 1,084 MHz and a GPU Boost setting of 1,163 MHz.
For the sake of comparison, the standard settings
are of 980 MHz and 1,033 MHz in GPU Boost state.
Since we are on the subject, we may as well mention the change to the memory clock speed: 6,210 MHz instead of 6,008 MHz.
All this is owed to the POV/TGT “award-winning” High-Performance/Wide-Bandwidth hardware design, but this is not all.
The press release also promises “increased auto-overclocking of up to 1200 MHz and above” thanks to the low leakage GPU. For that, though, users themselves will have to use the packaged utilities (if any), or whatever other applications they know, to program the overclocking behavior.
The price of the POV/TGT GeForce GTX 660 2 GB UltraCharged "Low Leakage Selection" is 249 Euro / $249. Exchange rates would say that the US price is $324, but we already know that the reference board ships for $229 and, thus, this version can't sell for much more.