Nvidia is probably working on custom GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards models. There have been some rumors about upcoming Nvidia Turing-based GPUs for the past few months. For the looks of it, the arrival of new and cheaper alternatives from the chipmaker is imminent.
We’ve already made our point: the GPU market is pricier than ever. However, tech portal Videocardz is leaking a significant shift in the graphics card ecosystem.
Several vendors have already listed these new GTX Ti custom models. We have multiple leaks showing the specs on the 1660 Ti, which include base clock, boost clock, capacities, and memory.
These leaks, unfortunately, don’t agree with each other, so take the following information with a grain of salt.
Nvidia is planning to offer an excellent deal to gamers and PC build enthusiasts on a budget.
Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti custom models specs
According to the following images, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a 192-bit GDDR5 GPU with an effective memory clock of 8008MHz. The original GTX 1060 has a memory bandwidth of 192GB/s.
The names of the custom models are GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X MSI 6G and GTX 1660 Ti Armor.
Different leaks suggest the unit has GDDR6 VRAM memory instead of GDDR5. The effective RAM clock is 12,000MHZ, which corresponds to 288GB/s of memory bandwidth, significantly more than the previous GTX 1060 Ti.
The GTX 1660 Ti Storm X
Other leaks are talking about a third custom model with the name StormX.
The table below summarizes the differences between the two previous entries of the models and the following one:
Finally, there’s a listing of two unnamed 1660 Ti GPUs coming from another site:
It’s possible that the number of rumors surrounding the 1660 Ti’s specs reflects Nvidia’s goal to deliver budget GPU alternatives.
The GTX Ti custom models are supposed to be mid-range options. For reference, the current Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 has a price tag of between $350 to $360, while the RTX 2080 goes for around $700.
It means the 1660 models are going to be 3GB midrange cards with a similar price than the RTX 2060 GPU. Additionally, the company may also lower its cost and hit a more budget-friendly option by packing a slower GDDR5 VRAM.
Further details state the GTX is slimmer than the Ti.
The GPU should reach the market by March is a configuration similar to the original 1060 graphics card. The only performance improvement would be delivered via the architecture upgrade. Previous models are Pascal-based, while the upcoming card is Turing based.
Finally, the price tag is going to be about $200 – $250, which suggests the cards are not a dramatic price improvement over the relative GTX 1060.
It means Nvidia is indeed hitting the mid-range PC build market with the upcoming GTX 1660 Ti custom model cards. The current RTX lineup came out with a hefty price tag that represents a significant dollar upgrade from the previous Pascal-based GPUs.