Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Review

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The NVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is Nvidia’s response to users who are running a 1920×1080 and a GTX2060 is just too expensive to justify the purchase. Starting from $280, it is $30 more than what a stock GeForce GTX 1060 6GB would have cost in 2016. Unlike the GTX 1060 though, the new GTX 1660 Ti has an all-new graphics processor which has a unified cache architecture, adaptive shading and Turing’s improved shaders.

Since the GTX 1660 Ti complements the RTX 20-series models, it has also been given similar GDDR6 memory albeit not being fast enough to support accelerated ray tracing or tensor cores. Comparing it to the 1060 6GB, the card is 1.5 times faster while using 120W of power.

Specifications



EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black Gaming
Architecture (GPU) Turing (TU116)
CUDA Cores 1536
Peak FP32 Compute 5.4 TFLOPS
Tensor Cores N/A
RT Cores N/A
Texture Units 96
Base Clock Rate 1500 MHz
GPU Boost Rate 1770 MHz
Memory Capacity 6GB GDDR6
Memory Bus 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth 288 GB/s
ROPs 48
L2 Cache 1.5MB
TDP 120W
Transistor Count 6.6 billion
Die Size 284 mm²
SLI Support No

Gaming at 1920×1080

Since the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is aimed at 1080 resolution gaming, we expected to get high performance with anti aliasing enabled to maximum. In fact, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti didn’t disappoint at 1920×1080. In fact, the frame rates achieved where perfectly playable.

In our testing, the GeForce GTX 1070 performed marginally better than the GeForce 1660 Ti. Once newer games come out to make use of the new architectures, we believe that the gap between the two cards might become closer. However, an AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 will perform better than the GTX 1660 Ti for a little bit more money.

Gaming at 2560×1440

The 1440 testing proves that the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is able to run games at a higher resolution with the same video settings, although you might experience frame rate drops which are below 30 frames per second. You might also be able to achieve better frame rates by setting the video settings to a lower setting, or by removing Antialiasing.

Thermals, power and noise

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti generally ran cooler than the Nvidia GTX 1070 and the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56. This might be due to the lower power consumption. However, this card is not the quietest card we have tested either, being more silent than the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 but noisier than the other Nvidia cards.

With regards to power consumption, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti averages around 9.3 Watts at idle, increasing to an average of 124 watts during load.

Conclusion

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

The Good

Good performance at 1920×1080

120W power draw

Turing video encode/decode acceleration

The Bad

No ray tracing

Not fit for 4K gaming

Summary

Although GeForce GTX 1660 Ti costs more than the 1060 6GB it replaces, Nvidia’s newest Turing-based board delivers performance similar to GeForce GTX 1070. High performance, a reasonable price tag, and modest power consumption come together in a solid upper-mainstream graphics card.

Recommended? Score

IO.MT Recommended

85%

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