Just about 3 weeks since the the announcement of the GTX 1660 Ti, NVIDIA has now announced a new card in the affordably-powerful range of graphic cards – the GTX 1660. We all have seen leaks of the GTX 1660, and it is true – the GTX 1660 was just made official.
If you want to skip all specs and jump straight to the benchmarks, click here. Our partner has reviewed the GTX 1660 by Gigabyte.
The GTX 1660 is still based on the TU116 architecture that is made to balance the price, performance, and cost. In terms of core specs, we have a handy table down below to compare it with the GTX 1660 Ti.
|GTX 1660||GTX 1660 Ti|
|Graphics Processing Cluster||3||3|
|Texture Processing Clusters||11||12|
|CUDA Cores (single precision)||1408||1536|
|Memory Data Rate||8Gbps||12Gbps|
|L2 Cache Size||1536K||1536K|
|Total Video Memory||6144MB GDDR5||6144MB GDDR6|
|Total Memory Bandwidth||192.1GB/s||288.1GB/s|
|Texture Rate (Bilinear)||157.1 GigaTexels/second||169.9 GigaTexels/second|
|Fabrication Process||12nm FFN||12nm FFN|
|Transistor Count||6.6 Billion||6.6 Billion|
|Power Connectors||One 8-pin||One 8-pin|
|Recommended Power Supply||400 Watts||400 Watts|
|Thermal Design Power (TDP)||120 Watts||120 Watts|
By looking at the specs alone, we know that the GTX 1660 obviously has lower CUDA cores with a slight bump in the clock speed. Other than that, the GTX 1660 also packs 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM, making it suitable for games that require higher resolution texture packs.
While on the subject of VRAM, it seems like NVIDIA has once again settled for 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM as the only configuration available for the GTX 1660.
Since it is based on the Turing architecture, the GTX 1660 is also able to leverage a few Turing-exclusive features such as variable rate shading which we demonstrated here with Tech Critter.
The variable rate shading is one of the impressive features that NVIDIA has developed for games to dynamically change the rate of shading to improve overall smoothness of gameplay in terms of frame rates. As demonstrated in the video above, the visual quality impact is minimal but the performance improved by a long shot.
The GTX 1660 is now available with a very competitive price of $219 USD, or about ~RM895.34. Now that is a really affordable price.