Properly, that didn’t take lengthy, did it? Simply three weeks in the past, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti got here crashing into our greatest graphics card record as our new champion for flawless 1080p gaming, and at present sees the discharge of its non-Ti sibling, the common GTX 1660. Priced at an much more palatable £200 / $220, Nvidia say this graphics card is primed and able to exchange their 3GB GTX 1060. Fortunately, my outcomes are extra optimistic than that, as I’d say that is the cardboard you should purchase as an alternative of the 6GB GTX 1060. Is that this the brand new greatest price range graphics card we’ve been ready for? Let’s discover out.
Now, in case you’re wanting on the GTX 1660’s identify and considering, ‘Maintain on a sec, what the heck is that each one about?’, right here’s a quick reminder about what Nvidia’s new GTX 16-series truly is and the way it differs to their RTX 20-series. As I defined in my GTX 1660 Ti evaluation, the GTX 16-series use the identical Turing-based GPU structure as their extra upmarket RTX cousins, however they don’t have any of the RTX stuff that makes them RTX playing cards – so no ray tracing and no performance-boosting DLSS magic. Therefore why they’re GTX playing cards quite than RTX playing cards.
As for why Nvidia have gone with the quantity 16 as an alternative of simply, say, calling them GTX 20 playing cards… properly, the much less stated about 16 being nearer to 20 than 10, the higher, actually, as a result of yep, that basically is Nvidia’s logic for selecting that exact quantity.
The one massive Turing function the GTX 16-series does have is its swish shader tech, which allows different performance-boosting methods reminiscent of content material adaptive shading, variable fee shading and movement adaptive shading, and you may learn extra on what these all do in my Nvidia RTX information. The dangerous information is that, very similar to ray tracing and DLSS, all of them have to be supported by the builders themselves earlier than you begin seeing any advantages – and proper now, the one recreation that really helps any of them is Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.
That’s not an amazing promoting level, all advised, however as I stated with the GTX 1660 Ti, I actually don’t assume it issues that a lot right here, because the GTX 1660’s uncooked efficiency continues to be higher than what you’d get by spending the identical sum of money, if no more in some instances, on a 6GB GTX 1060.
The RPS Check PC:
CPU: Intel Core i5-8600Okay
RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance 2133MHz
Motherboard: Asus Prime Z370-P
PSU: OCZ ZX850W
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC specs:
VRAM: 6GB GDDR5
CUDA Cores: 1408
Base clock velocity: 1530MHz
Increase clock velocity: 1830MHz
In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, for instance, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 mannequin I used to be despatched for evaluate was able to hitting a mean of 52fps once I was moseying round its busy day of the lifeless pageant in Cozumel’s city sq. on Extremely settings at 1920×1080 with its demanding SMAA x4 anti-aliasing switched on, which is an enormous enchancment on my Asus GeForce GTX 1060 OC’s common of simply 38fps underneath the identical circumstances.
Robust-as-old-dino-boots Monster Hunter: World noticed an analogous leap in efficiency as nicely once I caught it on Highest at 1080p, with the GTX 1660’s common of 51fps approach out in entrance of the GTX 1060’s 40fps. That’s fairly spectacular for a £200 card, particularly when the £60 / $60 costlier GTX 1660 Ti will solely push it as much as 58fps.
The identical goes for Forza Horizon four, the place the GTX 1660 raced forward with a mean of 86fps on Extremely at 1080p in comparison with the GTX 1060’s 72fps common. In fact, it will solely be of use to you for those who even have a excessive refresh price monitor able to displaying all these additional frames, however in the event you do personal such a monitor and are into your fast-paced aggressive video games that may typically do nicely above 60fps, you then’ll undoubtedly be a lot better served by the GTX 1660. Working example: whereas the GTX 1060 tended to max out round 125fps in Doom on Extremely at 1080p, the GTX 1660 noticed highs of 150fps.
This type of efficiency leap gained’t be the case in each recreation going, nevertheless, as the opposite half of my testing suite put each playing cards on just about equal footing. The GTX 1660 nonetheless got here out because the quicker card each time, however the enhancements provided have been arguably so small that you simply in all probability wouldn’t discover them with out assistance from a body fee counter.
In Murderer’s Creed Odyssey, for instance, there was a mean of simply 4 frames separating the GTX 1660 and GTX 1060 on Extremely Excessive on 1080p, with the previous managing 48fps in its inner benchmark over the latter’s common of 44fps. The identical hole emerged in Remaining Fantasy XV, too. The GTX 1660 averaged 56fps when Noctis and his boy band lads have been operating up and down the luxurious hillsides of Duscae with all of Nvidia’s fancy results turned off, which to my eyes is just about the identical because the GTX 1060’s common of 52fps.
Getting up shut and private with the top of a Lizardman’s spear in Complete Warfare: Warhammer II was virtually equally fluid as properly, with the GTX 1660’s common of 52fps simply edging out the GTX 1060’s 48fps. In reality, the one place the place this type of teensy step up in efficiency made any sort of palpable distinction was in Metro Exodus, the place its common of 39fps on Extremely settings at 1080p (see my Metro Exodus graphics efficiency information for more information on what that really means) appeared noticeably smoother within the recreation’s benchmark device than the GTX 1060’s common of 34fps.
Nonetheless, no matter how small the efficiency increase truly is in apply, the very fact stays that, at 1080p, the GTX 1660 continues to be the quicker card general. I’d be tempted to err on the aspect of the GTX 1060 if the GTX 1660 was costlier, however when each playing cards value the identical sum of money, it simply doesn’t make any sense to go for the 6GB GTX 1060 any extra.
Once I bumped the decision as much as 2560×1440, nevertheless, one thing fairly unusual occurred. Just like the GTX 1060 earlier than it, that is finally a card that’s most snug round Medium to Top quality settings with regards to hitting 60fps at this decision, so that you’re nonetheless going to wish to spend a bit extra on one thing just like the GTX 1660 Ti and even RTX 2060 should you’re on the lookout for that type of velocity additional up the standard scale.
Nevertheless, whereas the GTX 1660 nonetheless got here out on prime of the GTX 1060 in 99.9% of instances at 1440p, there have been nonetheless a few situations the place it truly fell behind its older rival – and that was mainly in these video games the place it had already been fairly shut earlier than again at 1080p.
On max high quality at 1440p, for instance, it was enterprise as ordinary. I’ll be going into extra element concerning the GTX 1660’s 1440p efficiency in a separate comparability article (as I think about most individuals right here can be trying to purchase it as a 1080p card), however in some locations, similar to Murderer’s Creed Odyssey, the GTX 1660 was miles forward on Extremely Excessive, going from an barely playable common of 27fps on the GTX 1060 to a really agreeable 37fps on the GTX 1660. I noticed an identical 10fps increase in Shadow of the Tomb Raider as nicely, with the GTX 1660 managing a mean of 51fps on Highest with its much less demanding SMAA anti-aliasing enabled over the GTX 1060’s 40fps.
The GTX 1660 even maintained its lead in Last Fantasy XV and Complete Struggle: Warhammer II right here, too, even when it was solely by a few frames in every recreation. Once I dropped the standard right down to Excessive, although, it was the GTX 1060 that claimed the higher hand in these video games. In FFXV, the GTX 1060 managed a mean of 45fps versus the GTX 1660’s 42fps, and in Complete Struggle, the GTX 1060 charged ahead with a mean of 53fps over the GTX 1660’s 49fps.
I need to admit I used to be fairly stunned that the GTX 1060 nonetheless had some battle left in it, however very similar to earlier than, you’re actually solely speaking a handful of frames distinction right here, and positively not sufficient to inform them aside by eye. On the finish of the day, the remainder of my check outcomes on Excessive got here out very a lot in favour of the GTX 1660, with Monster Hunter: World, Forza Horizon four and even Metro Exodus displaying comparable 5-10fps jumps in velocity as Murderer’s Creed Odyssey and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
The one actual query remaining is whether or not the GTX 1660 is best worth than AMD’s present mid-range providing, as its worth of £200 / $220 sits kind of slap bang in the midst of AMD’s £185 / $190 8GB Radeon RX 580 and £230 / $240 8GB Radeon RX 590. From a pure efficiency viewpoint, the GTX 1660 is the superior card on this respect, providing just about similar if not barely quicker speeds at 1080p and 1440p to the RX 590.
The RX 590, nevertheless, does include three free video games as a part of AMD’s ongoing free video games bundle (Satan Might Cry 5, Resident Evil 2 and The Division 2), which arguably makes it higher worth general. At time of writing, Nvidia have but to verify whether or not the GTX 1660 is getting any type of bundle deal, however given there’s at present no bundle deal hooked up to the GTX 1660 Ti, I feel it’s unlikely the GTX 1660 will get something both. The RX 580, in the meantime, allows you to select from two of these video games, which along with its barely lower cost could also be sufficient to offset its nearer to GTX 1060-levels of efficiency.
It’s a difficult state of affairs. When it comes to uncooked velocity, the GTX 1660 is a very robust act to beat at this worth, and undoubtedly the cardboard you should purchase as an alternative of the 6GB GTX 1060 in case you’re after 60fps on Excessive-Extremely settings at 1080p and Medium-Excessive at 1440p. Nevertheless, if you’d like any of the video games in AMD’s present bundle, then you could as properly go for the equally nippy RX 590, because the sum of money you’d usually spend on simply a type of video games will routinely wipe out the additional value of the cardboard.
I ought to observe that AMD’s free video games bundle solely lasts till April sixth 2019, although, so relying on what they comply with it up with (if something in any respect), then the GTX 1660 might nicely regain its crown as the last word graphics card for £200 / $220. Till then, nevertheless, the worth proposition provided by the RX 590 is nearly too good to cross up.