Up front, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black Gaming exposes one dual-link DVI connector, an HDMI port, and a DisplayPort interface. As it often happens, pricing will likely be all over the place during the initial few weeks, but with the RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080 all selling at the MSRP, we expect the same will be true for the GTX 1660 Ti before long. It's also 80 percent faster than a GTX 970, but only 60 percent faster than the R9 390 as the 8GB VRAM helps AMD's old Fiji card at this resolution. Compared to the similarly priced RX 590, the GTX 1660 Ti is a full 24% faster. Nvidia's newcomer beats AMD's mainstream RX 590 by about 25 percent as well, for roughly the same price while using less power. Still at 35% faster than the Radeon RX 590, the 1660 Ti more than gets the job done. The RTX 2080 was a snooze fest at launch, particularly because it was selling well above the MSRP. Average framerates at 1440p ultra are 62fps, basically tied with the GTX 1070, though of course the Asus 1660 Ti comes with a decent overclock.
Even if you drop the quality down to medium or low, quite a few games are going to fail to break 60fps—there are simply too many pixels to push around for a midrange card. GeForce GTX 1660 Ti’s ROP count compares favorably to RTX 2060, which also utilizes 48 render outputs. Interestingly the GTX 1660 Ti was unable to match the GTX 1070 in World of Tanks at 1080p, where it was 7% slower. It's viable in some games but not in others, though dropping the quality a notch or two certainly helps. Forza Horizon 4 was actually one of the first games we benchmarked and we were shocked to find the GTX 1660 Ti so close to the RTX 2060.
(I've been able to hit close to 16 GT/s on some of the RTX cards, if you're wondering.) And while Nvidia has been pushing the more expensive RTX series as the holy grail for gamers, the reality has been a whole lot less miraculous. This one we called it throughout the review and benchmark results, so you know the GTX 1660 Ti is kind of the new GTX 1070. The 1660 Ti was also just 12% slower at 1440p. The newest addition to the Turing family ends up being quite the departure from previous models, as the RT and Tensor cores that have been at the heart of the GeForce RTX story are gone. Overall, I'm pretty happy to see even that modest improvement in core clocks, considering this will be one of the highest factory clocked GTX 1660 Ti models. It's also possible to set the card at Nvidia's reference clocks, but VBIOS differences likely mean it will still run a bit faster, plus the cooling should help it hit higher boost clocks.
High performance, a reasonable price tag, and modest power consumption come together in a solid upper-mainstream graphics card. But when we run Sandra's Scientific Analysis module, which tests general matrix multiplies, we see how much more FP16 throughput TU106's Tensor cores achieve compared to TU116. The GTX 1660 Ti had no trouble keeping up with the GTX 1070 and as a result was just 5% slower than the 2060. Not to mention, much more efficient. Hopefully it sticks with 6GB VRAM, though, as anything less is becoming increasingly shortsighted. It turns out we were off by one tier. As such, our graphics workstation, based on an MSI Z170 Gaming M7 motherboard and Intel Core i7-7700K CPU at 4.2 GHz, is apropos. With everything we’ve just seen, you’d expect the GTX 1660 Ti to fare well in the value department and it does. We doubt many of you will miss the ability to enable ray tracing or DLSS anyway, so by dropping these architectural features, Nvidia is able to offer a sub-$300 Turing GPU.
Thank you for signing up to Tom's Hardware. If you enjoy our content, please consider subscribing... You need to be a member to leave a comment. Hitman 2 is a bit odd at 1080p because we’re CPU bottlenecked at this resolution. Memory Bandwidth: 288GB/s When you hear about Turing cores achieving better performance than Pascal at a given clock rate, this capability largely explains why. Bus Width: 192-bit And so, half a year after unveiling its Turing architecture, Nvidia is rolling out the mainstream options, minus the ray tracing and deep learning. Compared to the RTX 2060, the GTX 1660 Ti packs 25% fewer CUDA cores, but because it also drops the RT and Tensor cores the die is 36% smaller. Crucial’s MX200 SSD is here, joined by a 1.6TB Intel DC P3700 loaded down with games. Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti review: GTX is back with a vengeance Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is the best 1080p GPU you can buy, and Asus's versatile ROG Strix design makes it … The GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition was also a 120W card and it squeaked by with one six-pin auxiliary connector. The earlier Turing GPUs in the GeForce RTX cards have all hit their limits right around 2000MHz, so I wasn't sure how much more I could get. Asus was the first AIB partner to get us a GTX 1660 Ti sample, just in time for the launch, which is what we're looking at today. The GDDR6 performed about as I expected: I was able to max out the memory speed slider at +1500 MHz, which ends up being 15 GT/s. Spoiler: they'll be faster and better than Turing, but those are likely still be a year or more away. You can see the full details in the boxout on the right. In between, it's free to issue a different instruction to any other unit, including the INT32 cores. Today it's definitely better. First up we have Shadow of the Tomb Raider and here the GTX 1660 Ti looks impressive, matching the GTX 1070 Ti with 87 fps on average at 1080p. It’s $80 more but offers higher tier performance. The least impressive comparison can be made with the RTX 2060, here it was just 9% more cost effective, which is still an impressive margin and I’ll talk more about this in a moment. NY 10036. We see the same 2% performance difference at 1440p. As for operating temperatures, the MSI GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X we used was whisper quiet, even after an hour of heavy load. The GTX 1660 Ti isn't really everything gamers wanted, however, as it targets a mainstream audience. Render Outputs: 48 We’re getting GTX 1070-like performance for a slight price premium over the GTX 1060 6GB, and while many would have prefered pricing set at $250, without any competition from AMD at the moment we think this is a pretty good result.
The other Turing-based GPUs boast double-rate FP16 as well though, so it’s unclear how GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is unique within its family. Nvidia says that GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will start at $280 and completely replace GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. Still, it would be a much more noticeable upgrade if you're running something like an HD 7970 / R9 280X or lower. Individual models may warrant slightly higher or lower scores, depending on pricing, features, and other aspects of the cards.]. It also brings back the GTX branding, which is probably all for the best as ray-tracing on hardware below the RTX 2060 level doesn't make a lot of sense right now.
Especially if you want to delve into 1440p gaming.
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