It seems as if the GTX 1660 Ti is NVIDIA’s new entry into the sub-$300 price category. With this card NVIDIA splits their new Turing architecture cards into RTX cards and GTX cards. The RTX cards feature both RT and Tensor cores for real-time ray tracing and DLSS. I think one of the main reasons these cores were left of this card is that the performance hit real-time ray tracing takes. In our testing this has been around 30% and if you are adding a card in your product stack under the RTX 2060 it will not be able to do real-time ray tracing well at 1080p, which in the end would not look that good for NVIDIA. So the rest of the new NVIDIA cards under the $300 price point will not have any RT or Tensor cores. For all of those frustrated with real-time ray tracing and DLSS this might actually be a good thing.
When it comes to performance this is a great 1080p card for higher frame rates (60 FPS plus) at high settings. At 1440p you may need to turn those settings down to get over 60 FPS, but you are not going to have to turn things down that much. So overall you have a good card for both 1080p and 1440p gaming, especially when it comes to esports titles like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Counter-Strike. Comparing the 1660 Ti to the RTX 2060 in terms of raw performance in games we found that in the six titles we tested the RTX 2060 is 19.85% faster at 1440p and 18.33% faster at 1080p, so that is something to consider. Many people are saying this is a successor to the GTX 1060, well it really blows that card out of the water.
The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC 6G we took a look at today has a lot going for it. The first is that it is factory-overclocked, so the you have a GPU Boost speed of 1860 MHz (compared to the reference of 1770 MHz). Next this is a full-size card and because of that Gigabyte is able to make use of their WindForce 3X cooling solution. It features three cooling fans, a large heatsink stack with three heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU, and even a full backplate. This is also one of the few GTX 1660 Ti card that offers RGB lighting, the Gigabyte logo on the side of the card lights up nicely and you can control it with Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion 2.0 software.
Right now this card is selling for $299.99 at our favorite online retailer. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC 6G Graphics Card a 9 out of 10 score.
– Outperforms the GTX 1660 by quite a lot
– WindForce 3X cooler
– RGB lighting
– Fans turn off when there is low GPU load
– Can handle 1080p and 1440p gaming
– $20 over the GTX 1660 Ti MSRP
– No NVLink SLI support