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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Review

Saiba Khan

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

Surprisingly, The latest attempt of Nvidia to excite hardcore gamers reaches in the form of a new mid-range GPU with no RTX. The newly introduced GeForce GTX 1660 Ti releases as no surprise as it has been rumored and most leaks were so described they announced its existence, down to the exact pricing and specifications.

Nowadays, Nvidia has been struggling to push the expansive RTS series as the noble grail for gamers. However, the GTX 1660 Ti is terrible and confusingly similar to Nvidia’s GTX 1060, blaming it’s some sort of weird, in other words halfway home between that and the GTX 1070, actually, it’s a part of new turning family of Nvidia, serving as the same GPU inside their new RTX 20-series cards, making it perfect, and more closely related to the RTX 2060. It’s a mess and isn’t assisted by Nvidia’s justification for beginning 16-series, because it’s really closer to 20 as compared to 10.

Equipped with GDDR6 Memory

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is built on TU116 – introducing all-new graphics processor that incorporates turning’s enhanced shaders. Therefore, the GPU comes with a unified cache architecture, supporting for adaptive shading and a full complement of video acceleration features. Moreover, the GPU is laced with up to GDDR6 memory, RT Cores for ray tracing or Tensor cores for video games. TU116 acts as a leaner chip with a set of specifications that heavily emphasizes top titles of nowadays.

Reliable Price with Improved Performance

Nvidia confirms that GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will begin at $280 and entirely replace GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. Although the main price of the card is $30 which is also higher than where the Pascal-based 1060 6GB started its journey back in the year 2016. So, the organization claims that this card is up to 1.5 times faster and at the same 120W board power rating. With improved performance isn’t something that you’ve discovered the music of from the Turning generation thus far. So, the main question is that the company can turn around with a GPU purpose-built for performance at 1920 x 1080?

Experience HD Quality

The graphics card is capable of running almost all modern video games in Full HD at a budget price. So, those players who’re looking for the best graphics card to play advanced video games, they have a better choice in the form of this graphics card, enabling them to play their favorite games in HD quality. As I told above, despite having GTX affixed to its name, the GeForce 1660 Ti doesn’t use the Pascal architecture discovered in Nvidia’s 10-Series card, like GTX 1060 or 70.

Moreover, there are no modern or fancy features are available like what you’d discover with RTX Graphics Cards such as DLSS and Ray Tracing. Instead of the GTX 1660 Ti which revolves completely around performance, Nvidia struggling to find the perfect thing to maintain the balance between power, performance, and cost. The company hasn’t crammed the graphics card with powerful elements though. There are lots of tricks behind the scenes. However, with new turning shader innovations contributing towards an efficient performance.

Difference between GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1060

The most notable difference in specifications between the GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1060 is the leap to the new TU116 turning architecture. Therefore, this new feature enables the GTX 1660 Ti more capacity, configurable caches and enhanced bandwidth. In reality, the memory bandwidth has had a whopping up to fifty percent increase since the GTX 1660.

Undoubtedly, the best benefit of this move from Pascal to Turning features a 1.5x increase of instruction made per clock. This thing makes it another major factor that has contributed toward the GTX 1660 Ti’s boost in efficiency, causing in result higher frame rates compared to what the graphics card GTX 1060 is able for.

More CUDA Cores

The company has featured more CUDA cores, taking the total from the model 1280 to 1536. In simple words, the size of the card is a bit increased, although it still a fair path to figure the GTX 1070 and RTX 2060 boast.

Variable Rate Shading

There is a new shading technology, the company introduced in this card is called Variable Rate Shading (short for VRS). However, it all focuses on efficiency, hunting down paths of lessening the GPU workload but without impacting the graphics quality.

Pros:

  • Best Performance at 1920 x 1080
  • Brilliant frames rates at 2560 x 1440
  • Retains Turning Video Encode/Decode acceleration features
  • 120W Board Power Compares to AMD Competition
  • Fantastic Value Full HD Performance
  • Intelligence Shading

Cons:

  • No RT/Tensor cores, this means you will not be capable of trying ray tracing or DLSS
  • Limited Overclocking Potential

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