Inno3D iChill HerculeZ GeForce GTX 660 review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 10/18/2012 06:10 AM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Right, so Inno3D is back at it again with a pretty sweet deal really. the custom desing PCB product is armed with a massive cooler and comes factory overclocked for you, in the 200 EUR range, not a bad deal at all especially considering that this card runs as fast as a GTX 660 Ti (reference clocks).
For this model they took the GK106 GPU and plastered it onto their own design black colored PCB. When you look at that PCB you'll notice good build quality and impressive component selection that.
For the GTX 660 iChill Inno3D makes use of the Herculez 2000 cooler and we can already state real fast that the cooler works really well as symbiosis with GK106. The noise levels are very hard to measure and the cooling performance seriously good. We'll show you that in our tests of course.
Our sample comes factory overclocked, it runs at a core clock frequency of 1059 MHz and has a boost frequency of 1124 MHz. The effective memory data rate (192-bit) is 6212MHz which is a good 200 MHz above reference standard. The card has been equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory.
But lets walk through the product guided by photo's.
Well, I guess the card was rushed out to us, the wrapper is missing. Then again, that's a mysterious looking box right there :)
Alright, here we have the GeForce GTX 660 Ichill edition, the 2GB SKU (stock keeping unit) and its packaging contents. Agood dark looking card some grey tones due to that big cooler.
The card is equipped with the GK106 GPU that harbors the Kepler GPU architecture. You get the basics like the graphics card, PEG converter cables, manual and a demo and driver CD, though bundles will vary with AIB/AIC partners.
Our sample comes factory overclocked and runs at a core clock frequency of 1059 MHz and has a boost frequency of 1124 MHz. The effective memory data rate (192-bit) is 6212MHz which is a good 200 MHz above reference standard. The card has been equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. OUr product carries SKU code C66M-2SDN-E5GSX.
This factory tweak positions the card at the performance level of a GeForce GTX 660 Ti. Mind you that the reference baseclock is 980 MHz, so that's a decent factory clock frequency, albeit not a massive overclock.
The card will come with two GB of graphics memory, which is definitely enough if you are a hardcore gamer with a monitor resolution of 1920x1200 and plenty for a product in this price range. Inno3D gives the card two DVI connectors (dual-link), one HDMI and a DisplayPort connector (full size).
And as you can see there is little room left on the PCB to increase memory though. The card is PCIe gen 3.0 compatible. Going from PCIe Gen 2 to Gen 3 doubles the bandwidth available to the add-on cards installed, from 500 MB/s per lane to 1 GB/s per lane. The AIC definitely is using their own customized PCB alright.
Look at that cooler, massive in size and it will eat away three slots. It's however sooo silent and the cooling performance is seriously good. What is also interesting to know is that the cooler can be disassembled completely, easy to clean. You just remove the front-side screws and pull thing apart.
We test and review the Inno3D iChill HerculeZ GeForce GTX 660. The new card is using a HerculeZ 2000XE cooler.