Hardware portal VideoCardz is sharing rumors about an upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card.
The GTX 1660 TI is a Turing-based GPU of the GTX brand. It keeps the ray tracing features from the RTX series but sells for a lower price.
More so, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will become Nvidia’s first Turing-based card wearing the GTX brand.
The GTX 1660 Ti is part of the rumors pointing to Nvidia launching a new GTX 11-series of GPUs.
More so, the 1660 Ti is an odd name. We say “odd” because Nvidia hasn’t followed a logical way to name its GTX cards. To date, we have GTX 660, GTX 760, GTX 960, and, lastly, the GTX 1060. That’s why there’s another name the upcoming card could have: GTX 1160 Ti.
A mid-range Nvidia GPU
The TU1160 GPU is part of the company’s Turing architecture, which uses a 12nm FinFET manufacturing process on their chips.
Turing is part of the RTX 2060 series. However, the GTX 1660 Ti GPU has fewer CUDA cores.
According to VideoCardz, Nvidia doesn’t want the GTX 1660 Ti to compete against the RTX 1060. Instead, both pieces go for different price ranges.
Either way, let’s check the specs in comparison to the RTX 2060 series.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
|RTX 2060 series||GPU||CUDA Cores||Memory||Memory Bus|
|GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||12nm FF TU116||1536||6GB GDDR6||192 bit|
|GeForce RTX 2060||12nm FF TU106||1920||6GB GDDR6||192 bit|
|GeForce RTX 2070||12nm FF TU106||2304||8GB GDDR6||256 bit|
What do the specs of the GTX 1660 Ti mean?
The upcoming GTX 1660 Ti graphics processor will have 1536 CUDA cores and 6GB GDDR6 VRAM. It means it will be slower than the RTX 2060.
VideoCardz’s sources assure the card will feature the new GDDR6 memory with a 192-bit bus. There are no rumors about a cheaper GDDR5 variant.
The GDDR6 choice is an interesting one because it comes with more bandwidth than the previous GTX 1060 GPU had. It means the new version is a much more capable graphics card.
In summary, we would have a cheaper GPU that will go slower than the RTX 2060. However, the VRAM and the CUDA cores it has will be enough to deliver 1080p gaming at about 50 fps.
Is there a launch date for the GTX 1660 Ti?
There’s no launch date yet. The new card will likely reach the market late 2019. By then, the GTX 1060 series will disappear from the market, and Nvidia is not looking to erase that product so soon.
More so, around the release of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, there was a lot of speculation about the unveiling of a GeForce GTX 1160 card. Tech portals believed Nvidia was going to announce the piece at CES 2019. It didn’t happen, so the rumor of a 1660 Ti card seems even odder.
So, while the rumor stands on shaky ground, it’s almost certain that Nvidia will have to announce budget-friendly graphics card to replace the 10-series Pascal GPUs.
It’s up to Nvidia to deliver more affordable graphics cards, although it remains to be seen if it will be in the form of a cheaper version of the TU1160 RTX series, a new Turing based GTX series, or the anticipated RTX 2050 series.