Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti
Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti

The Turing-based Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti GPU is out. The all-new budget graphics processor incorporates Turing’s improved shaders with a full complement of video decode & encode acceleration features.

The graphics card packs a GDDR6 VRAM memory, just like the higher-end GeForce RTX 20-series.

However, the GTX 1660 Ti doesn’t pack the RTX ray tracing accelerating features. As a result, these TU116-based cards offer a cheaper processor chip with still top-notch specs.

Performance-per-dollar

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU came out on February 22 with a starting price of $280. The company says the unit will completely replace the old GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. Keep in mind the price of the newer GPU is $30 higher than the older hardware. Meanwhile, Nvidia claims the 1660 Ti is 1.5 times faster than the 2016’s model -and with the same 120W power consumption.

In summary, the new card is 60 percent more expensive for a unit that’s 50 percent more efficient. Improved performance per dollar isn’t a thing we’ve seen much from Turing generations so far. At least we’re now getting a more budget-friendly alternative for us PC build enthusiasts out there.

Even so, is the GTX 1660 Ti GPU a good option for Full HD (1080p) gaming?

The TU116 without RT and Tensor Cores

Nvidia has launched four different GPUs down the Turing hierarchy. With each one, the company keeps eliminating resources to hit lower prices.

However, it’s clear Nvidia is trying to maintain balance along the way. It means there are no bottlenecks lowering peak performance.

The GeForce RTX 2060 is packed with 44 percent the power of the 2080 Ti’s CUDA cores and texture units. Furthermore, it has 54 percent its memory bandwidth and ROPs, and 50 percent of its L2 cache.

The new TU116 unit doens’t feature Nvidia’s RT and tensor cores, which lowers its efficiency but also its price.

On the other hand, the GPU does pack some of the more sophisticated Turing’s shaders. Like the RTX 20-series cards, the GTX 1660 Ti also supports advanced shader software. All of this means the 1660 Ti achieves better performance than Pascal

In the TU116, Nvidia has also replaced Turing’s Tensor cores with 128 dedicated Fp16 cores per SM. IT gives the GeForce GTX 160 Ti the ability to process at 2X speed than its predecessor.

Other Turing-based improvements allows the 1660 Ti graphics card to be more precise and gast than Pascal-based GTX 1060 GPU at 1080p gaming.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti specs

Nvida GeForce GTX 1660 TI
Nvida GeForce GTX 1660 TI. Source: Tom’s Hardware.

Let’s put it in perspective:

EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 FE GeForce GTX 1060 FE GeForce GTX 1070 FE
Architecture (GPU)
Turing (TU116) Turing (TU106) Pascal (GP106) Pascal (GP104)
CUDA Cores
1536 1920 1280 1920
Peak FP32 Compute
5.4 TFLOPS 6.45 TLFOPS 4.4 TFLOPS 6.5 TFLOPS
Tensor Cores
N/A 240 N/A N/A
RT Cores
N/A 30 N/A N/A
Texture Units
96 120 80 120
Base Clock Rate
1500 MHz 1365 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz
GPU Boost Rate
1770 MHz 1680 MHz 1708 MHz 1683 MHz
Memory Capacity
6GB GDDR6 6GB GDDR6 6GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5
Memory Bus
192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth
288 GB/s 336 GB/s 192 GB/s 256 GB/s
ROPs
48 48 48 64
L2 Cache
1.5MB 3MB 1.5MB 2MB
TDP
120W 160W 120W 150W
Transistor Count
6.6 billion 10.8 billion 4.4 billion 7.2 billion
Die Size
284 mm² 445 mm² 200 mm² 314 mm²
SLI Support
No No No Yes (MIO)

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