Borderlands 2 thrown in with new NVIDIA cards

Sorry Aussies, you miss out on a pretty nifty special offer: Nvidia's GeForce GTX 660 Ti card comes bundled with a free copy of Borderlands 2, but only in the US and Europe. The new card is being promoted as a more budget-conscious option, with the bundle costing around $300 in those regions - about $100 less than the current, more powerful GTX 670.

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti still boasts Nvidia's Kepler architecture, which is pretty awesome when it comes to both performance and energy efficiency, but somewhat less awesome when it comes to price. The new card apparently soundly beats the Radeon HD 7950 from competitor ATi (retailing for around $350), as well as outperforming Nvidia's own GTX 560 Ti by 41%.

The new card uses the shiny new TXAA technique - Temporal Approximate Anti-Aliasing - which examines visual output and then predicts (and compensates for) jagged edges in upcoming frames. The technology is expected to become widespread, but at present, The Secret World is the first game to make proper use of it.

For Borderlands 2, Nvidia explained the fact the game can be played at an average of 78 frames per second (on a high-end rig, using 1080p), using the 660 Ti as shown in the video above. Plus, as Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software explains, "You can get some crazy awesome physics simulations".

What neither Randy nor Nvidia touched upon, however, is whether Borderlands 2 also features TXAA support. If it doesn't, it's certainly an interesting choice for a software bundle.

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