The Geforce GTX 1660 is currently the cheapest graphics card based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture. Whether the performance is right for the price, we clarify with game benchmarks.
Of the GTX 1660 (left) there is no Founders Edition unlike the older GTX 1060 (right). We test the GTX 1660 Gaming OC 6G custom model from Gigabyte.
A short time later, the Ti version was replaced by the Geforce GTX 1660 without “Ti” addition, which we take a closer look at using game benchmarks in this review. It is Gigabyte’s Geforce GTX 1660 Gaming OC 6G – a Founders Edition from Nvidia itself does not exist (as with the GTX 1660 Ti).
As the technical data below shows, the main difference between the GTX 1660 and the GTX 1660 Ti is the lower number of shader units and the use of 6.0 GB lower clocked GDDR5 RAM (instead of GDDR6). The ray tracing and tensor cores are reserved for the RTX models.
Compared to the 2016 with Pascal instead of Turing chip, the GTX 1660 sets primarily in the shader units. Apart from Turing functions such as the most efficient use of shader units for a higher performance without optical losses (variable rate shading), the remainder remains largely the same.
As official quotation Nvidia calls 225 euros. For comparison, the currently sold GTX 1060 is currently sporadically from about 200 to 220 euros to have, the GTX 1660 Ti beats at least 260 euros to book.
Competitor AMD has to offer in similar price and performance regions for about 170 euros and those for about 230 euros, each with 8.0 GB of VRAM
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1660 gaming OC 6G in detail
The power supply of the GTX 1660 is an 8-pin connector. In the case of the Founders Edition of the GTX 1060, it is a 6-pin connector.
Our Gigabyte test model offers a 75 MHz boost in comparison to Nvidia’s standard GTX 1660. Experience has shown that the values in games are, however, usually much higher anyway, since the chip still has room for improvement, depending on the temperature and power consumption.
In terms of cooling, the GTX 1660 Gaming OC 6G features three 80-millimeter axial fans for which the TU116 chip should not be a big challenge. There is a backplate on the back and a Gigabyte logo with RGB lighting on the top