NVIDIA finally announces the new GeForce GTX 1660, a month after launching its GTX 1660 Ti for $ 279 . We are facing a mid-range graphics with a very aggressive price and that comes to try to replace the popular GTX 1060 and 1050 Ti, which are currently the graphics with a more interesting price for those who want to play in 1080p resolution and do not need everything the potential of the higher ranges.
The new Nvidia GTX 1660 repeats the Turing architecture of 12 nanometers that we saw in the Ti model, although in this case it is betting on 6GB of GDDR5 memory. These are all the technical features of the new Nvidia graphics, a model that comes from 229.99 euros and establishes a quite affordable starting point for a new batch graph and the new Turing architecture.
Data sheet of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660
NVIDIA GTX 1660
|ARCHITECTURE||Turing 12nm, TSMC|
|TRANSISTORS||6,600 million, 284mm2|
|GPU||1.5 – 1.8 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 VRAM GBDDR5|
|MEMORY SPEED||8Gbps, 192 bit bus|
|RENDER OUTPUT UNITS||48 ROPs|
|CONNECTORS||DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b|
|PRICE||229.99 euros (18019.52 INR)|
A theoretical improvement of 35% compared to the GTX 1060
We are facing a mid-range chart where some concessions have had to be made to offer a competitive price. The Turing architecture used is repeated, with a graphical core TU116 and manufactured in 12nm by TSMC. In total we have 1,408 CUDA cores , 48 rendering units and 88 for textures.
The graphics is able to move 5,207 GFLOPS with its 6GB GDDR5 and has a base speed of about 1,500 Mhz, more or less depending on the assembler, and even peaks of about 1,800 MHz. Unlike the Ti model that bet on GDDR6, the GTX 1660 maintains the GDDR5 memory.
For connections, we have DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b and some models also have an 8-pin connector for the power supply or DVI ports.
The theoretical energy consumption is 120W , although in tests like Tech Power Up , a TDP of 109 W has been obtained during the game sessions. With an IDLE of 8W when it is at rest and sustained peaks of 141W.
According to the technical data, the new graph improves efficiency by 15% compared to the previous generation and is also optimized for the ‘Open Broadcaster Software’, better known as OBS and which is used to transmit streaming video with platforms such as YouTube. Gaming or Twitch.
The first tests put this GTX 1660 slightly above the GTX 1060. The improvement is around 15% compared to the previous 6GB model, but its good price places it in an interesting position as a mid-range model.
The GTX 1660 represents an improvement of 35% compared to the GTX 1060 of 3GB at 1080p and 130% compared to the GTX 960, according to the theoretical data offered by NVIDIA. But according to the first tests , this Nvidia 1660 only improves by 12% compared to the GTX 1060 6GB . Compared to the RX590, similar performance is obtained but the AMD graphic consumes an extra 50W.
This new graphic is a slight improvement over the previous options , but for $ 219 it easily becomes one of the best options for those looking for a graph with good performance-price ratio, where we also have Turing of 12nm and a consumption and noise quite low . In the hands of the consumer is to see if it is worth investing a little more and go for the GTX 1660 Ti , which is already close to 300 euros.
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Availability and price of the GeForce GTX 1660
The previous Nvidia models have continued to fall in price, but the starting price of this GeForce GTX 1660 is at a very interesting point . 219 official dollars that translate into 229 euros in the ASUS model or 249 euros in the Gigabyte model .
The GeForce GTX 1660 is available today from the usual brands such as Asus, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit and Zotac.
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