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GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super Graphics Card Review!

GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super Graphics Card Review!

The GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super (1-Click OC) is one of the first NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER graphics cards to be introduced.

Let’s take a closer look at the GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super (1-Click OC), and find out how well it performs!

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Primer

A few months after launching the RTX SUPER family of graphics cards, NVIDIA has finally unleashed the GTX SUPER series!

GeForce Product Manager Justin Walker briefed us on the GTX 1660 SUPER, as well as the GTX 1650 SUPER, in an exclusive pre-launch briefing, which we prepared for you here, including a short Q&A session :

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER is basically the regular GTX 1660 with 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory, increasing its memory bandwidth from 192 GB/s to 336 GB/s.

Recommended : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER : The Full Details!

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Price + Availability

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER has a launch price starting from $229 onwards, which is $10 more than the regular GTX 1650. Here is a list of online purchase options, and their prices (accurate as of 1 November 2019) :

Malaysia

  • GALAX GeForce GTX 1660S (1-Click OC) : RM 1,089
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : RM 1,259
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S OC : RM 1,179
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming X : RM 1,239
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Ventus XS OC : RM 1,129
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Aero : RM 1,049
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S AMP : RM 1,129
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S Twin Fan : RM 1,069

United States

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S OC : $229.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S OC : $239.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : $249.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Ventus XS OC : $239.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming X : $259.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S AMP : $249.99

United Kingdom

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S Phoenix : £218.11
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S EVO OC : £228.09
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1660S SC Ultra Gaming : £227.61
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : £237.46
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Ventus XS OC : £240.94
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1660S StormX : £269.99
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1660S StormX OC : £276.09
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660S Single Fan : £282.77
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660S Twin Fan : £291.02
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming Pro OC : £301.34

Australia

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S Phoenix : A$413.00
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S TUF Gaming X3 : A$516.80
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S OC : A$435.23
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : A$466.00
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S Twin Fan : A$413.00
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S AMP : A$434.00

 

The GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super (1-Click OC)

GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER cards are only be available from NVIDIA board partners as custom cards, without a Founders Edition reference design.

One of the first examples is the GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super (1-Click OC), and we managed to get our grubby hands on an early sample!

The GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super hews quite close to the reference specifications, with one exception.

It has a 15 MHz higher boost clock out-of-the-box, with a further 15 MHz enabled by its 1-Click OC feature. This gives it a maximum boost clock of 1815 MHz.

Here is a table comparing the GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super, with the reference GTX 1660 SUPER, the GTX 1660 Ti and the regular GTX 1660.

Specifications NVIDIA
GTX 1660
Ti
GALAX
GTX 1660
SUPER
NVIDIA
GTX 1660
SUPER
NVIDIA
GTX 1660
Stream Processors 1536 1408 1408 1408
Base Clock 1500 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz
Boost Clock 1770 MHz 1815 MHz 1785 MHz 1785 MHz
TMUs 96 88 88 88
Max. Texture Rate 169.9 GT/s 159.7 GT/s 157.1 GT/s 157.1 GT/s
ROPs 48 48 48 48
Max. Pixel Rate 85.0 GP/s 87.1 GP/s 85.7 GP/s 85.7 GP/s
Memory Size 6 GB 6 GB 6 GB 6 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR5
Memory Speed 12 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 8 Gbps
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth 288.1 GB/s 336.0 GB/s 336.0 GB/s 192.1 GB/s
TDP 120 watts 125 watts 125 watts 120 watts

Next Page > GALAX GTX 1660 SUPER : Key Features | Thermal Output | Noise Level

 

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GALAX GTX 1660 Super : Display Ports

The GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super offers three display ports. From left to right, they are :

  • DisplayPort 1.4
  • HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 support
  • DVI-D

Technically, this allows it to display out to a maximum of three monitors, but it might not be practical in real life.

It is, in particular, difficult to do so for three similar monitors, because they would have to support three different ports!

Incidentally, the cooling vents above the display ports are purely decorative. Not only are the heatsink fins aligned in parallel, the cooler shroud actually blocks hot air from exiting through these vents.

 

GALAX GTX 1660 Super : RGB Heatpipe Cooler

The GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super is kept cool by an aluminium heatsink, with four copper heat pipes.

The finish of the aluminium heatsink isn’t that awesome, but at least it has heat pipes to transfer heat from the GPU to the entire heatsink.

The heatsink is kept cool by two 90 mm fans, that not only has fan stop capability, but also comes with programmable RGB lighting!

Hot air from this cooler exhausts upwards and downwards. This is a shame, because it means the hot air recirculates within the PC case, instead of exhausting out the back.

 

GALAX GTX 1660 Super : Thermal Output

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

The GALAX GTX 1660 Super with a 125 watt TDP has roughly the same peak exhaust temperature as the GeForce RTX 2060 with a much higher 175 watt TDP.

 

GALAX GTX 1660 Super : Noise Level

How noisy is the GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super? Check it out for yourself in this video!

Despite its rough finish, the aluminium heat pipe cooler does a great job of keeping the NVIDIA TU116 GPU cool, without the fans. In fact, the fans did not start spinning until about a minute into the Time Spy Extreme benchmark!

If you are not gaming and just doing work or watching YouTube or a movie, it will be completely silent. Even when you are running a strenuous game, the fans are quiet. That said, we did hear some rattling from the fans in our sample…

 

GALAX GTX 1660 Super : PCIe Power + Interface

The GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super has a TDP of 125 watts, and requires an 8-pin PCIe power cable.

It uses the good old PCI Express 3.0 x16 interface, which gives it the same PCIe bandwidth as the PCI Express 4.0 x8 interface used by the competing AMD Radeon RX 5500.

Next Page > GALAX GTX 1660 SUPER : 3DMark + Division 2 Benchmark Results

 

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GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at its gaming performance, in comparison to 7 other graphics cards :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Min. Texture
Fill Rate
Min. Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory
Size + Type
Memory
Bandwidth
Radeon RX Vega 64 319.2 GT/s 81.5 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 56 258.9 GT/s 74 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 410 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 211 GT/s 93.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 199.9 GT/s 94.1 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1070 180.7 GT/s 96.4 GP/s 8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 163.8 GT/s 65.5 GP/s 6 GB GDDR6 336 GB/s
GALAX GTX 1660 SUPER 134.6 GT/s 73.4 GP/s 6 GB GDDR6 336 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1060 120.5 GT/s 72.3 GP/s 6 GB GDDR5 192 GB/s

Here are the specifications of the AMD testbed we used.

Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory Speed G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Monitor Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor
Storage SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD (1 TB)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

 

Synthetic Game Test – 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which offers a great approximation of gaming performance in general.

The Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks support DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

Wow! In the Time Spy test, the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER was 3% faster than the GTX 1070, and 46% faster than the GTX 1060! In fact, it was just 5.5% slower than the Vega 56.

Its overall gaming score was 3% higher than the GTX 107042% higher than the GTX 1060 and just 4.7% lower than the Vega 56.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER was equal to the GTX 1070 in performance, but 47% faster than the GTX 1060. It was also 10% slower than the Vega 56.

Its overall gaming score was the same as the GTX 1070, 42% higher than the GTX 1060, and 9.2% lower than the Vega 56.

 

The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a third-person shooter game released in March 2019.

We tested it in two resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, it was 3% faster than the GTX 1070 and 43% faster than the GTX 1060. However, both Vega 56 and RTX 2060 were 20% faster.

However, it’s important to note that the GALAX GTX 1660 SUPER was able to deliver an average frame rate way above 60 fps.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it was 5% faster than the GTX 1070 and 69% faster than the GTX 1060.

Next Page > GALAX GTX 1660 SUPER : Strange Brigade | Metro Exodus | AOTS Benchmark Results

 

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Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is also a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018.

We tested it in two resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, it was 6.5% faster than the GTX 1070 and 52% faster than the GTX 1060. The Vega 56 was just 14% faster.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it actually extended its lead over the GTX 1070 to 14%, and the GTX 1060 to 58%! It was now just 11% slower than the Vega 56.

 

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a relatively new first-person shooter game, released in February 2019.

We tested it in two resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

It didn’t do so well in Metro Exodus. At 1080p, it was 6.5% slower than the GTX 1070, and just 29% faster than the GTX 1060.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it was 5.5% slower than the GTX 1070, and 31% faster than the GTX 1060.

 

Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

We tested it in two resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

It didn’t do well in AOTS, where it was 14% slower than the GTX 1070, and 35% faster than the GTX 1060 at 1080p.

1440p Gaming Resolution

It did better at 1440p, where it tied with the GTX 1070, and was 67% faster than the GTX 1060!

Next Page > GALAX GTX 1660 SUPER : Summary + Verdict | Specifications | Where To Buy

 

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GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super : Performance Summary

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER is nothing more than the regular GTX 1660 with faster GDDR6 memory. This gives it the same GPU performance, but with 75% higher memory bandwidth.

This addresses a key deficit of the regular GTX 1660 cards, enough to give it a 10% to 25% boost in 1080p gaming performance according to NVIDIA.

The GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super (1-Click OC) is a slightly-overclocked variant of the GTX 1660 SUPER, with just a 30 MHz increase in the boost clock speed.

In our tests, it did pretty well, matching or even beating the GeForce GTX 1070 in many games :

  • Time Spy : 3% faster at 1080p, 2.4% faster at 4K
  • The Division 2 : 3% faster at 1080p, 5% faster at 4K
  • Strange Brigade : 6.5% faster at 1080p, 14% faster at 4K
  • Metro Exodus : 6.5% slower at 1080p, 5.5% slower at 4K
  • AOTS : 14% slower at 1080p, 1.9% slower at 4K

There’s something odd with the AOTS results, so we will be retesting the cards with the newer 441.08 driver that was released just after the launch.

But generally, the GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super card offers real good value for the money. For just $229, you are getting a card that’s basically equal in performance to the GeForce GTX 1070.

This is pretty impressive, because the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 has a 34% higher texture fill rate and 31% higher pixel fill rate on paper. What the GTX 1070 was short on was memory bandwidth, just 256 GB/s – 24% lower than the GTX 1660 SUPER.

 

GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super : Our Verdict

Its aluminium heatsink isn’t all that nicely-finished, but it does the job well enough, thanks to the four copper heat pipes and dual 90mm fans.

The fans only spin up when the GPU gets hot, which means it’s virtually silent until you start gaming. They are pretty quiet, but we noticed some rattling.

Now, it is factory-overclocked with a 15 MHz higher boost clock. But it’s called a 1-Click OC model because you actually need to use the 1-Click OC button in the GALAX Xtreme Tuner utility to increase the boost clock by another 15 MHz.

Interestingly, their latest Xtreme Tuner utility has not been updated to support this card, so the 1-Click OC option is greyed out. However, you can manually overclock the card… so you have to wonder – why bother with the 1-Click OC option?

A 30 MHz increase in the boost clock is nothing special. They should have just set the boost clock to 1815 MHz right out-of-the-box, and save everyone the hassle.

Our quibbles aside, the GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super is a decent card. More importantly, it’s cheaper than many of its competitors.

So yes, the GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super is definitely a card to consider, if you are looking for an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER card.

 

GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super (1-Click OC) Specifications

Specifications GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER
Model 60SRL7DSY91S
GPU NVIDIA TU116-300
Base Clock 1530 MHz
Boost Clock 1815 MHz
Max. Texture Rate 159.7 GT/s
Max. Pixel Rate 87.1 GP/s
Graphics Memory 6 GB GDDR6 (14 Gbps)
Memory Bandwidth 336.0 GB/s
Cooling 2 x 90 mm cooling fans
Aluminium heatsink
2 x copper heatpipes
TDP 125 watts
Power Connector 8-pin
Interface PCI Express 3.0 x16
Display Ports 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x DVI-D
Dimensions (w/o bracket) 214 mm wide
118.65 mm tall
38.6 mm thick

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER : Where To Buy

Here is a list of online purchase options, and their prices (accurate as of 1 November 2019) :

Malaysia

  • GALAX GeForce GTX 1660S (1-Click OC) : RM 1,089
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : RM 1,259
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S OC : RM 1,179
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming X : RM 1,239
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Ventus XS OC : RM 1,129
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Aero : RM 1,049
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S AMP : RM 1,129
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S Twin Fan : RM 1,069

United States

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S OC : $229.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S OC : $239.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : $249.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Ventus XS OC : $239.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming X : $259.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S AMP : $249.99

United Kingdom

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S Phoenix : £218.11
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S EVO OC : £228.09
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1660S SC Ultra Gaming : £227.61
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : £237.46
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Ventus XS OC : £240.94
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1660S StormX : £269.99
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1660S StormX OC : £276.09
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660S Single Fan : £282.77
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660S Twin Fan : £291.02
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming Pro OC : £301.34

Australia

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S Phoenix : A$413.00
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S TUF Gaming X3 : A$516.80
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S OC : A$435.23
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : A$466.00
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S Twin Fan : A$413.00
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S AMP : A$434.00

 

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX SUPER : Everything You Need To Know!

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX SUPER graphics cards are here, and here is everything you need to know about these new SUPER edition cards!

Find out if these are the graphics cards you are looking for!

 

The Official NVIDIA GeForce GTX SUPER Tech Briefing

A few months after launching the RTX SUPER family of graphics cards, NVIDIA has finally unleashed the GTX SUPER series!

GeForce Product Manager Justin Walker briefed us on both cards in an exclusive pre-launch briefing, which we prepared for you here, including a short Q&A session :

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX SUPER Cards

NVIDIA announced two models, both using the same NVIDIA TU116-300 GPU, which powers the GTX 1660.

They promise to offer a significant performance boost over existing Turing-based GTX cards, with these changes :

Recommended : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER : The Full Details!

Here is how they compare against the existing Turing-based GTX cards :

Specifications GTX 1660
Ti
GTX 1660
SUPER
GTX 1660 GTX 1650
SUPER
GTX 1650
GPU TU116-400 TU116-300 TU116-300 TU116-300 TU117-300
Transistors 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 4.7 billion
Fab Process 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 16 nm
Die Size 284 mm² 284 mm² 284 mm² 284 mm² 200 mm²
Stream Processors 1536 1408 1408 1280 896
Base Clock 1500 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz 1485 MHz
Boost Clock 1770 MHz 1785 MHz 1785 MHz 1725 MHz 1665 MHz
TMUs 96 88 88 80 56
Max. Texture Rate 169.9 GT/s 157.1 GT/s 157.1 GT/s 138.0 GT/s 93.2 GT/s
ROPs 48 48 48 32 32
Max. Pixel Rate 85.0 GP/s 85.7 GP/s 85.7 GP/s 55.2 GP/s 53.3 GP/s
Memory Size 6 GB 6 GB 6 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR5 GDDR6 GDDR5
Memory Speed 12 Gbps 14 Gbps 8 Gbps 12 Gbps 8 Gbps
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 288.1 GB/s 336.0 GB/s 192.1 GB/s 192.1 GB/s 128.1 GB/s
TDP 120 watts 125 watts 120 watts 100 watts 75 watts
Launch Price $279 $229 $219 NA $149

From what NVIDIA has revealed, we believe the GTX 1660S will replace the GTX 1660.

The GTX 1650S, on the other hand, will slide in above the existing GTX 1650 as the GTX 1650 Ti that some suggested would be released this month.

Recommended : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER : The Full Details!

 

How Fast Are The GTX SUPER Cards?

Both GTX SUPER cards are targeted at 1080p gaming, with the GTX 1660 SUPER targeted at those who want all the bells and whistles turned on.

Here is a quick and dirty performance comparison provided by NVIDIA, showing the GTX 1660 SUPER delivering up to 50% better performance than the Pascal-based GTX 1060.

The GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER offers an even bigger boost in performance for esports gamers – up to 2X better than the GTX 1050.

 

NVIDIA GTX SUPER Price + Availability

Both GeForce GTX SUPER cards will only be available from NVIDIA board partners. There will be NO Founders Edition for either cards.

The 1660 SUPER has a starting price of US$229, and is available starting 29 October 2019 from NVIDIA board partners.

Here is a list of online purchase options, and their prices (accurate as of 1 November 2019) :

Malaysia

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  • GALAX GeForce GTX 1660S (1-Click OC) : RM 1,089
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : RM 1,259
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S OC : RM 1,179
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming X : RM 1,239
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Ventus XS : RM 1,129
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Aero : RM 1,049
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S AMP : RM 1,129
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S Twin Fan : RM 1,069

United States

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S OC : $229.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S OC : $239.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : $249.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Ventus XS OC : $239.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming X : $259.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S AMP : $249.99

United Kingdom

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S Phoenix : £218.11
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S EVO OC : £228.09
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1660S SC Ultra Gaming : £227.61
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : £237.46
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Ventus XS OC : £240.94
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1660S StormX : £269.99
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1660S StormX OC : £276.09
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660S Single Fan : £282.77
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660S Twin Fan : £291.02
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming Pro OC : £301.34

Australia

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S Phoenix : A$413.00
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S TUF Gaming X3 : A$516.80
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S OC : A$435.23
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : A$466.00
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S Twin Fan : A$413.00
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S AMP : A$434.00

The 1650 SUPER, on the other hand, will only be available from 22 November 2019 onwards. Its starting price will be revealed in November.

 

Increased TDP For Both

The 1660 SUPER is essentially the GTX 1660 with much faster GDDR6 memory. So, it only incurs a small 5 watt increase in its TDP, from 120 watts to 125 watts.

The 1650 SUPER, on the other hand, uses a larger GPU with higher clock speeds. This increases its TDP by 33% over the GTX 1650, from 75 watts to 100 watts.

 

NVIDIA GTX SUPER vs AMD Radeon RX 5500

Here is a comparison of the two new cards against the recently-announced AMD Radeon RX 5500 graphics card.

Specifications Radeon RX 5500 GTX 1660 SUPER
GTX 1650 SUPER
Transistors 6.4 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion
Fab Process 7 nm 12 nm 12 nm
Die Size 158 mm² 284 mm² 84 mm²
Stream Processors 1408 1408 1280
Base Clock 1717 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz
Boost Clock 1845 MHz 1785 MHz 1725 MHz
TMUs 88 88 80
Max. Texture Rate 162.4 GT/s 157.1 GT/s 138.0 GT/s
ROPs 48 48 32
Max. Pixel Rate 88.6 GP/s 85.7 GP/s 55.2 GP/s
Memory Size 4 GB / 8 GB 6 GB 4 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 12 Gbps
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 192.1 GB/s 336.0 GB/s 192.1 GB/s
TDP 150 watts 125 watts 100 watts

Next Page > NVIDIA GeForce GTX SUPER Slides, Recommended Reading

 

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Complete Set Of NVIDIA GeForce GTX SUPER Series Slides

Here is the complete set of slides for your perusal, which Justin used in his presentation.

 

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER : The Full Details!

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER is here, offering a nice boost in graphics memory performance.

Find out if this is enough to really call it a SUPER edition of the GeForce GTX 1660!

 

The Official NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Tech Briefing

A few months after launching the RTX SUPER family of graphics cards, NVIDIA has finally unleashed the GTX SUPER series!

GeForce Product Manager Justin Walker briefed us on the GTX 1660 SUPER, as well as the GTX 1650 SUPER, in an exclusive pre-launch briefing, which we prepared for you here, including a short Q&A session :

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER is basically the regular GTX 1660 with a GDDR6 memory upgrade.

NVIDIA basically swapped out 8 Gbps GDDR5 memory for 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory, increasing its memory bandwidth from 192 GB/s to 336 GB/s.

All other performance characteristics remained unchanged – it has the same base and boost clocks, delivering the same texture and pixel fill rates.

Here is how it compares against the existing Turing-based GTX cards, and the GTX 1650 SUPER :

Specifications GTX 1660
Ti
GTX 1660
SUPER
GTX 1660 GTX 1650
SUPER
GTX 1650
GPU TU116-400 TU116-300 TU116-300 TU116-300 TU117-300
Transistors 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 4.7 billion
Fab Process 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 16 nm
Die Size 284 mm² 284 mm² 284 mm² 284 mm² 200 mm²
Stream Processors 1536 1408 1408 1280 896
Base Clock 1500 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz 1485 MHz
Boost Clock 1770 MHz 1785 MHz 1785 MHz 1725 MHz 1665 MHz
TMUs 96 88 88 80 56
Max. Texture Rate 169.9 GT/s 157.1 GT/s 157.1 GT/s 138.0 GT/s 93.2 GT/s
ROPs 48 48 48 32 32
Max. Pixel Rate 85.0 GP/s 85.7 GP/s 85.7 GP/s 55.2 GP/s 53.3 GP/s
Memory Size 6 GB 6 GB 6 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR5 GDDR6 GDDR5
Memory Speed 12 Gbps 14 Gbps 8 Gbps 12 Gbps 8 Gbps
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 288.1 GB/s 336.0 GB/s 192.1 GB/s 192.1 GB/s 128.1 GB/s
TDP 120 watts 125 watts 120 watts 100 watts 75 watts
Launch Price $279 $229 $219 NA $149

With its higher memory bandwidth and slightly higher price point, we believe the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER will directly replace the regular GeForce GTX 1660.

Recommended : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER : The Full Details!

 

How Fast Is The GTX 1660 SUPER?

The GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER targeted at 1080p gamers who want all the bells and whistles turned on.

Here is a quick and dirty performance comparison provided by NVIDIA, showing the GTX 1660 SUPER delivering up to 50% better performance than the Pascal-based GTX 1060.

 

NVIDIA GTX 1660 SUPER Price + Availability

The GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER has a starting price of US$229, and is available starting 29 October 2019 from NVIDIA board partners.

Like the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER, it will only be available from NVIDIA board partners. There will be NO Founders Edition for either cards.

Here is a list of online purchase options, and their prices (accurate as of 1 November 2019) :

Malaysia

  • GALAX GeForce GTX 1660S (1-Click OC) : RM 1,089
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : RM 1,259
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S OC : RM 1,179
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming X : RM 1,239
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Ventus XS : RM 1,129
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Aero : RM 1,049
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S AMP : RM 1,129
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S Twin Fan : RM 1,069

United States

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S OC : $229.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S OC : $239.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : $249.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Ventus XS OC : $239.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming X : $259.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S AMP : $249.99

United Kingdom

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S Phoenix : £218.11
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S EVO OC : £228.09
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1660S SC Ultra Gaming : £227.61
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : £237.46
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660S Ventus XS OC : £240.94
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1660S StormX : £269.99
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1660S StormX OC : £276.09
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660S Single Fan : £282.77
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660S Twin Fan : £291.02
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming Pro OC : £301.34

Australia

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S Phoenix : A$413.00
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660S TUF Gaming X3 : A$516.80
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S OC : A$435.23
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660S Gaming OC : A$466.00
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S Twin Fan : A$413.00
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660S AMP : A$434.00

 

Slightly Increased TDP

As mentioned earlier, the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER is basically just the regular GeForce GTX 1660 with GDDR6 memory. So, it only incurs a small 5 watt increase in its TDP, from 120 watts to 125 watts.

Recommended : NVIDIA GeForce GTX SUPER : Everything You Need To Know!

 

NVIDIA GTX 1660 SUPER vs AMD Radeon RX 5500

Here is a comparison of the two new cards against the recently-announced AMD Radeon RX 5500 graphics card.

Specifications Radeon RX 5500 GTX 1660 SUPER
GTX 1650 SUPER
Transistors 6.4 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion
Fab Process 7 nm 12 nm 12 nm
Die Size 158 mm² 284 mm² 84 mm²
Stream Processors 1408 1408 1280
Base Clock 1717 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz
Boost Clock 1845 MHz 1785 MHz 1725 MHz
TMUs 88 88 80
Max. Texture Rate 162.4 GT/s 157.1 GT/s 138.0 GT/s
ROPs 48 48 32
Max. Pixel Rate 88.6 GP/s 85.7 GP/s 55.2 GP/s
Memory Size 4 GB / 8 GB 6 GB 4 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 12 Gbps
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 192.1 GB/s 336.0 GB/s 192.1 GB/s
TDP 150 watts 125 watts 100 watts

 

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER : The Full Details!

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER graphics card won’t be available for a few more weeks. But it offers a massive boost over the current GeForce GTX 1650 non-SUPER card.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the turbocharged GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER!

 

The Official NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER Tech Briefing

A few months after launching the RTX SUPER family of graphics cards, NVIDIA has finally unleashed the GTX SUPER series!

GeForce Product Manager Justin Walker briefed us on the GTX 1650 SUPER, as well as the GTX 1660 SUPER, in an exclusive pre-launch briefing, which we prepared for you here, including a short Q&A session :

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER is not just an overclocked version of the GeForce GTX 1650. Instead, it uses the larger and faster NVIDIA TU116-300 GPU which powers the GTX 1660.

In addition to gaining 16 more CUDA cores, the GTX 1650 SUPER will have higher clock speeds and 50% faster GDDR6 memory!

Here is how it compares against the existing Turing-based GTX cards, and the GTX 1660 SUPER :

Specifications GTX 1660
Ti
GTX 1660
SUPER
GTX 1660 GTX 1650
SUPER
GTX 1650
GPU TU116-400 TU116-300 TU116-300 TU116-300 TU117-300
Transistors 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion 4.7 billion
Fab Process 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 16 nm
Die Size 284 mm² 284 mm² 284 mm² 284 mm² 200 mm²
Stream Processors 1536 1408 1408 1280 896
Base Clock 1500 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz 1485 MHz
Boost Clock 1770 MHz 1785 MHz 1785 MHz 1725 MHz 1665 MHz
TMUs 96 88 88 80 56
Max. Texture Rate 169.9 GT/s 157.1 GT/s 157.1 GT/s 138.0 GT/s 93.2 GT/s
ROPs 48 48 48 32 32
Max. Pixel Rate 85.0 GP/s 85.7 GP/s 85.7 GP/s 55.2 GP/s 53.3 GP/s
Memory Size 6 GB 6 GB 6 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR5 GDDR6 GDDR5
Memory Speed 12 Gbps 14 Gbps 8 Gbps 12 Gbps 8 Gbps
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 288.1 GB/s 336.0 GB/s 192.1 GB/s 192.1 GB/s 128.1 GB/s
TDP 120 watts 125 watts 120 watts 100 watts 75 watts
Launch Price $279 $229 $219 NA $149

From what we have seen, we believe the GTX 1650 SUPER will not replace the existing GTX 1650. Instead, it will act as the GTX 1650 Ti that some suggested would be released this month.

Recommended : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER : The Full Details!

 

How Fast Is The GTX 1650 SUPER?

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER is targeted at 1080p esports gaming.

Here is a quick and dirty performance comparison provided by NVIDIA, showing the GTX 1650 SUPER delivering up to 2X better than the GTX 1050.

 

NVIDIA GTX 1650 SUPER Price + Availability

The GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER will only be available from 22 November 2019 onwards. Its starting price will be revealed in November.

Like the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, it will only be available from NVIDIA board partners. There will be NO Founders Edition for either cards.

 

Greatly Increased TDP

As mentioned before, the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER is more than just an overclocked GTX 1650. Using the larger TU116 GPU running at higher clock speeds, it uses 25 watts more power, with a 100 watt TDP.

Recommended : NVIDIA GeForce GTX SUPER : Everything You Need To Know!

 

NVIDIA GTX 1650 SUPER vs AMD Radeon RX 5500

Here is a comparison of the two new cards against the recently-announced AMD Radeon RX 5500 graphics card.

Specifications Radeon RX 5500 GTX 1660 SUPER
GTX 1650 SUPER
Transistors 6.4 billion 6.6 billion 6.6 billion
Fab Process 7 nm 12 nm 12 nm
Die Size 158 mm² 284 mm² 84 mm²
Stream Processors 1408 1408 1280
Base Clock 1717 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz
Boost Clock 1845 MHz 1785 MHz 1725 MHz
TMUs 88 88 80
Max. Texture Rate 162.4 GT/s 157.1 GT/s 138.0 GT/s
ROPs 48 48 32
Max. Pixel Rate 88.6 GP/s 85.7 GP/s 55.2 GP/s
Memory Size 4 GB / 8 GB 6 GB 4 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 12 Gbps
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 192.1 GB/s 336.0 GB/s 192.1 GB/s
TDP 150 watts 125 watts 100 watts

 

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The First 15 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics Cards!

Unlike the GeForce RTX series, the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will be built and sold only by NVIDIA partner brands like ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI.

Here is the first slew of fifteen GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards, their key features and prices!

 

Specification Comparison

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
ArchitectureNVIDIA TuringNVIDIA Pascal
GPUNVIDIA TU116NVIDIA GP106
Transistor Count6.6 Billion4.4 Billion
Fabrication Process12 nm FFN16 nm
Die Size284 mm²200 mm²
CUDA Cores15361280
Base Clock1500 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock1770 MHz1708 MHz
32-bit FLOPS11 TOPS4.4 TFLOPS
16-bit FLOPS11 TFLOPS4.4 TFLOPS
Texture Units9680
ROPS4848
Texture Fill Rate144.0-169.9 GT/s120.5-136.6 GT/s
Pixel Fill Rate72.0-85.0 GP/s72.3-82.0 GP/s
L1 Cache Size1536 KB480 KB
Graphics Memory6 GB GDDR66 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface192-bit192-bit
Memory Clock3,000 MHz QDR2,000 MHz QDR
Memory Bandwidth288.1 GB/s192 GB/s
TDP120 watts120 watts
Launch Price$279$249
$299 (Founder's Edition)

Recommended : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Tech Briefing + Q&A Session!

 

The First 15 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics Cards!

Click on the brands to check out the graphics card models they have released so far :

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If you just want a quick look at what’s available for sale right now, and their prices (accurate as of launch day), here is a list of cards you can buy right now :

United States

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Phoenix Fan OC : $284.99
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Dual Fan OC : $309.99
  • ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC : $329.99
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black  : $279.99
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Gaming : $289.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC : $279.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Windforce OC : $289.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Ventus XS : $289.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Armor OC : $299.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X : $309.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 Ti : $279.99

United Kingdom

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Phoenix Fan OC : £289.98
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Dual Fan OC : £361.05
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black : £279.99
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Gaming : £299.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC : £326.57
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Windforce OC : £332.51
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mini ITX OC : £326.26
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Armor OC : £342.46
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X : £363.25
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1660 Ti StormX : £323.01
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 OC Edition :  £345.90
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 Ti : £279.99

Malaysia

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Phoenix Fan : RM 1,319
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Dual Fan : RM 1,479
  • ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti : RM 1,599
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC : RM 1,319
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Windforce : RM 1,479
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Ventus : RM 1,280
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming : RM 1,490
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 Ti : RM 1,249
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 Ti AMP : RM 1,349

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ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Phoenix Fan OC Edition

Model : PH-GTX1660TI-O6G

Key Features

  • Phoenix double-ball bearing fan for double the lifespan
  • 2 x HDMI 2.0 ports + 1 x DVI port
  • Super Alloy Power II components run 15% faster, and last 2.5X longer

Launch Price : $284.99 | RM 1,319 | £289.98

 

ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Dual Fan Overclocked Edition

Model : Dual-GTX1660TI-O6G

Key Features

  • Overclocked GDDR6 memory
  • Dual fan cooling for double the airflow with 3x quieter gaming
  • 2 x HDMI 2.0 ports + 1 x DVI port
  • Super Alloy Power II components run 15% faster, and last 2.5X longer

Launch Price : $309.99 | RM 1,479 | £361.05

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EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black

Model : 06G-P4-1261-KR

Key Features

  • Hydro Dynamic Bearing (HDB) fans for higher performance with lower noise levels!
  • 1770 MHz boost clock
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 + 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 + 1 x DVI

Launch Price : $279.99 | £279.99

 

EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Gaming

Model : 06G-P4-1263-KR

Key Features

  • Hydro Dynamic Bearing (HDB) fans for higher performance with lower noise levels!
  • 1845 MHz boost clock
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 + 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 + 1 x DVI

Launch Price : $289.99 | £299.99

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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC

Model : GV-N166TOC-6GD

Key Features

  • Factory Overclocked
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 ports + 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 ports

Launch Price : $279.99 | RM 1,319 | £326.57

 

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Windforce OC

Model : GV-N166TWF2OC-6GD

Key Features

  • Factory Overclocked
  • Windforce 2X cooling system, with alternate spinning fans
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 ports + 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 ports

Launch Price : $289.99 | RM 1,479 | £332.51

 

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mini ITX OC

Model : GV-N166TIXOC-6GD

Key Features

  • Factory Overclocked
  • Designed for ITX systems
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 ports + 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 ports

Launch Price : £326.26

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MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Ventus XS

Model : GTX 1660 TI Ventus XS 6G OC

Key Features

  • 1750 MHz boost clock
  • Dual fans for better cooling performance
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 ports + 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 ports

Launch Price : $289.99

 

MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Armor OC Edition

Model : GTX 1660 TI Armor 6G OC

Key Features

  • 1750 MHz boost clock
  • Dual fans for better cooling performance
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 ports + 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 ports

Launch Price : $299.99 | £342.46

 

MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X

Model : GTX 1660 TI Gaming X 6G

Key Features

  • 1750 MHz boost clock
  • Dual fans for better cooling performance
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 ports + 3 x DisplayPorts

Launch Price : $309.99 | £363.25

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Palit GeForce GTX 1660 Ti StormX

Model : GTX1660TI Storm X

Key Features

  • Designed for ITX systems
  • 10 cm Storm X fan
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 ports + 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 + 1 x DVI port

Launch Price : £323.01

 

Palit GeForce GTX 1660 Ti StormX OC

Model : NE6166TS18J9-161F

Key Features

  • Designed for ITX systems
  • 10 cm Storm X fan
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 ports + 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 + 1 x DVI port

Launch Price : £330.53

 

PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 OC Edition

Model : VCG1660T6SFPPB-O

Key Features

  • 1500 MHz base clock, 1815 MHz boost clock
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 ports + 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 + 1 x DVI port

Launch Price : £345.90

 

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

Model : ZT-T16610F-10L

Key Features

  • 1770 MHz boost clock
  • Dual fans for better cooling performance
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 ports + 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 ports

Launch Price : $279.99 | £279.99 | RM 1,249

 

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 Ti AMP

Model : ZT-T16610D-10M

Key Features

  • 1860 MHz boost clock
  • Dual fans for better cooling performance
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 ports + 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 ports

Launch Price : RM 1,349

 

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Tech Briefing + Q&A Session!

NVIDIA just threw a grenade into the mainstream market with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, built around the new TU116 GPU.

In this article, we will share with you the official NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti tech briefing and Q&A session. We will also take a close look at how it differs from the GeForce RTX series and the older GeForce GTX 10 series.

 

The Official NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Tech Briefing

NVIDIA gave us a tech briefing earlier. We created a video of that conference call so you can get briefed on the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, just like we did.

 

The Official NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Q&A Session

For more information, here was the Q&A session we had with NVIDIA, right after their tech briefing :

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Price + Availability

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will have a starting price of $279 – about $30 or 12% higher than the launch price of the GeForce GTX 1060.

It will be available with immediate effect (22 February 2019) from NVIDIA partners. This time, there will not be any Founders Edition. Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience (prices accurate as of launch day) :

United States

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Phoenix Fan OC : $284.99
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Dual Fan OC : $309.99
  • ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC : $329.99
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Gaming : $279.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Windforce OC : $279.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti : $309.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 Ti : $279.99

United Kingdom

  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Gaming : £279.99
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC Edition :  £295.95

Malaysia

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Phoenix Fan : RM 1,319
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Dual Fan : RM 1,479
  • ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti : RM 1,599
  • GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Ti : RM 1,279
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC : RM 1,319
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Windforce : RM 1,479
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Ventus : RM 1,280
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming : RM 1,490
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Twin Fan : RM 1,249
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 Ti AMP : RM 1,349
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Specifications

NVIDIA is pitching the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti as a replacement for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, so we compared them both below.

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
ArchitectureNVIDIA TuringNVIDIA Pascal
GPUNVIDIA TU116NVIDIA GP106
Transistor Count6.6 Billion4.4 Billion
Fabrication Process12 nm FFN16 nm
Die Size284 mm²200 mm²
CUDA Cores15361280
Base Clock1500 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock1770 MHz1708 MHz
32-bit FLOPS11 TOPS4.4 TFLOPS
16-bit FLOPS11 TFLOPS4.4 TFLOPS
Texture Units9680
ROPS4848
Texture Fill Rate144.0-169.9 GT/s120.5-136.6 GT/s
Pixel Fill Rate72.0-85.0 GP/s72.3-82.0 GP/s
L1 Cache Size1536 KB480 KB
Graphics Memory6 GB GDDR66 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface192-bit192-bit
Memory Clock3,000 MHz QDR2,000 MHz QDR
Memory Bandwidth288.1 GB/s192 GB/s
TDP120 watts120 watts
Launch Price$279$249
$299 (Founder's Edition)

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NVIDIA TU116

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti uses a brand new TU116 GPU that is built using the latest NVIDIA Turing microarchitecture.

However, it lacks the Tensor and RT cores that GeForce RTX graphics cards have. This is the reason why NVIDIA pegs It as a GTX, and not RTX.

The NVIDIA TU116 GPU is not a cut-down version of the TU106, but a completely new design with the Tensor cores and RT cores removed. It retains the other advantages of the Turing architecture – Concurrent Floating Point + Integer Operations, a Unified Cache Architecture and Adaptive Shading.

The TU116 basically bridges the old Pascal-based GeForce GTX graphics cards and the new Turing-based GeForce RTX graphics cards. Even though it lacks RT and Tensor cores, its Turing shaders gives it a big performance advantage.

 

GDDR6 Memory

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti comes with 6 GB of the GDDR6 memory. Coupled with its 192-bit memory interface, it is able to deliver a peak memory bandwidth of 288.1 GB/s. This is 50% more than the memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Power Usage

The NVIDIA TU116 has 6.6 billion transistors – 50% more than the GP106 GPU used in the GeForce GTX 1060. But thanks to its smaller 12 nm FinFet process technology, NVIDIA is able to keep its thermal output and power consumption low.

Like the GeForce GTX 1060, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has a 120 watt TDP, and requires one 8-pin PCIe power connector.

 

Concurrent Floating Point + Integer Operations

This is an important Turing shader technology, because games are increasingly mixing floating point operations with integer instructions. Take, for example, Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

For every 100 instructions, there are on average 62 floating point and 32 integer instructions. In earlier NVIDIA GPU architectures, the floating point datapath would idle while integer instructions are running.

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The NVIDIA TU116 features a second, parallel integer execution unit. This allows it to execute integer instructions in parallel with floating point calculations. With an ideal 50-50 mix, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has more than twice the processing power of the GeForce GTX 1060

Of course, in real life, the actual performance boost is lower. According to NVIDIA, this feature alone gives the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti a 50% performance advantage over the GeForce GTX 1060.

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Unified Cache Architecture

The NVIDIA TU116 also features a unified architecture for shared memory, L1 and texture caching. This allows the L1 cache to dynamically adjust its size for optimal performance.

Its L1 cache can grow as large as 64 KB in size, with 32 KB per SM shared memory allocation. Or it can shrink to 32 KB, which would allow 64 KB for shared memory.

In addition, combining the L1 data cache with shared memory cache reduces latency, and increases throughput. In fact, NVIDIA claims its hit throughout is quadrupled compared to Pascal.

NVIDIA showcased Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which they claimed received a 40% performance boost due to the Turing unified cache architecture.

 

Adaptive Shading

The Turing architecture introduced a new shading technology called Variable Rate Shading (VRS)., with two key algorithms – Content Adaptive Sharing and Motion Adaptive Shading.

Irrespective of the algorithm used, the TU116 can adjust the shading rate for different regions of a scene, or even for specific objects. This reduces areas that need to be rendered in full detail, boosting performance.

Motion Adaptive Shading is used to adjust the shading rate based on the amount of motion present in a particular region. In a racing game, the player’s car would be rendered in full detail, while the road, lane markings and street signs could be rendered in lower detail with fewer samples. Since they’re moving rapidly – the human eye won’t perceive a slight reduction in pixel quality.

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Content Adaptive Shading adjusts the shading rate according to spatial and temporal colour coherence across frames. In cases where color or spatial changes are minimal from frame to frame (for example, the sky in a scene, or a wall), the shading rate can be lowered in successive frames to improve performance without any noticeable reduction in image quality.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was the first game to feature Turing’s Adaptive Shading technology. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti receive a 50% boost in performance over the GeForce GTX 1060 when Adaptive Shading was enabled.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Presentation Slides

Here is the full set of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti presentation slides for your perusal. Click on the slide you want to expand it.

You can also watch these slides in the NVIDIA tech briefing video we created. Below these slides, you will find the complete 40-minute video of the tech briefing, together with the Q&A session.

 

The Complete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Tech Briefing + Q&A Session

For completion sake, here is the 40-minute tech briefing + Q&A session.

 

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