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.

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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
Streaming Multiprocessors 22 24
CUDA Cores (single precision) 1408 1536
Tensor Cores N/A N/A
RT Cores N/A N/A
Texture Units 88 96
ROP Units 48 48
Base Clock 1530MHz 1500MHz
Boost Clock 1785MHz 1770MHz
Memory Clock 8000MHz 6000MHz
Memory Data Rate 8Gbps 12Gbps
L2 Cache Size 1536K 1536K
Total Video Memory 6144MB GDDR5 6144MB GDDR6
Memory Interface 192-bit 192-bit
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
Thermal Threshold 95°C 95°C

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.

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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.


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