Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 assessment that includes EVGA’s XC Extremely: The champion

Hail to the brand new champion of the graphics card “candy spot.” Nvidia’s $220 GeForce GTX 1660 usurps the prize from AMD’s Radeon RX 580, which held the title for years now, and renders even the not too long ago launched Radeon RX 590 out of date. And although Nvidia’s newest GPU technically replaces the unimpressive $200 3GB GTX 1060, it truly manages to surpass the stronger (and pricier) 6GB GTX 1060 whereas concurrently addressing essentially the most evident weaknesses of its predecessor.

Not too shabby, Nvidia. Not too shabby in any respect.

Nvidia isn’t making a Founders Version for the GPU, however its board companions will launch a wide range of GTX 1660 fashions for Thursday’s launch. As we speak, we’ll be reviewing the $250 EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Extremely, the extra reasonably priced cousin to the custom-cooled, extremely overclocked $310 EVGA GTX 1660 Ti XC Extremely that we beloved a lot. Let’s go!

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 specs, options, and value

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You gained’t discover many surprises underneath the hood of the GTX 1660, as a result of it makes use of a cut-down model of the TU116 Turing GPU discovered within the {powerful} GTX 1660 Ti. That provides all of it of Nvidia’s fashionable efficiency advantages in conventional video games, which we coated in-depth in our Turing GPU deep-dive. As a GTX mannequin as an alternative of an RTX GPU, nevertheless, the GTX 1660 lacks the devoted {hardware} that allows ray-tracing and AI-enhancement options so closely promoted in dearer Nvidia graphics playing cards.  

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As you may see within the chart above, the brand new GTX 1660 matches or beats each the 3GB and 6GB GTX 1060 in each related spec, from CUDA core counts to uncooked clock speeds, all whereas sticking to the identical 120-watt TDP. That’s a shocking testomony to the excellent vitality effectivity of Nvidia’s structure, which makes rival Radeon GPUs look outright power-hungry by comparability.

Talking of comparisons, it’s value taking a second to debate the GTX 1660’s reminiscence configuration. Nvidia’s new GPU fixes essentially the most notable flaw of 3GB GTX 1060: the paltry 3GB of RAM acknowledged proper in its identify. When the 3GB GTX 1060 launched in 2016, that scant reminiscence capability resulted in occasional efficiency points when taking part in some 1080p video games with all the attention sweet cranked. The limitation rankled all of the extra with the passage of time, basically leaving the $200-ish market to AMD’s better-equipped Radeon RX 570 and RX 580.

Nvidia fastened that by giving the GeForce GTX 1660 a full 6GB of VRAM, however word that it makes use of conventional GDDR5 reminiscence as an alternative of the ultra-fast (and cutting-edge) GDDR6 selection discovered within the GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 20-series graphics playing cards. It’s a wise transfer to economize within the cutthroat mainstream market. GDDR5 presents a lot decrease reminiscence clock speeds and thus a lot decrease general reminiscence bandwidth than GDDR6, however it’s quick sufficient for 1080p gaming, and it ensures the worth stays proper (though the GTX 1660 nonetheless prices $20 greater than the 3GB GTX 1060 did at launch).

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You gained’t discover many surprises in EVGA’s implementation both, however you will discover lots to be impressed with. The $250 GTX 1660 XC Extremely makes use of the identical {custom} cooler as its GTX 1660 Ti counterpart. It additionally comes overclocked out of the field, hitting 1,845MHz quite than the GTX 1660’s rated 1,785MHz. The cardboard runs a lot sooner in observe, hovering across the 2GHz vary relying on the appliance.

EVGA’s efficient cooling answer permits Nvidia’s GPU Enhance algorithms to push the clocks that arduous. Right here’s what we stated about it in our EVGA GTX 1660 Ti XC Extremely assessment, and spoiler alert: The cooler runs even, properly, cooler paired with the less-powerful GTX 1660.

“The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Extremely consists of the overhauled {custom} cooling design discovered on lots of EVGA’s RTX 20-series GPUs. Twin hydraulic dynamic bearing (HDB) axial followers emblazoned with tiny ‘E’s sit atop a deep, dense warmth sink, and EVGA claims that the combination of HDB followers with the tiny letters lead to a 19 % discount in noise ranges in comparison with competing followers with sleeve-bearing fan designs.”

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The EVGA GTX 1660 XC Extremely additionally mirrors its larger sibling’s port choice, offering one HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort apiece. That’s fairly restricted, however most avid gamers shopping for graphics playing cards on this value vary most likely have just one or two screens anyway. DVI’s inclusion is a really welcome shock—it’s changing into a rarity. The cardboard sticks to a typical dual-slot design and solely wants a single 8-pin energy connector, so upgrading from one other GPU shouldn’t be a trouble.

Regardless of being EVGA’s high-end GTX 1660 providing, the XC Extremely skips out on some frequent value-adding extras. You gained’t discover a backplate on it, nor RGB LED illumination. Neither omission can be a disadvantage—I dig a “blacked-out” non-RGB look in lots of programs—however they’re value noting.

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Additionally value noting: EVGA’s sturdy assist system. The corporate’s Precision X1 software program was overhauled from the bottom up for Nvidia’s newest GPU technology, and it’s completely gorgeous—it’s my favourite GPU overclocking and monitoring device to make use of, full with one-click auto-overclocking utilizing Nvidia’s splendid OC Scanner API. The corporate additionally not too long ago began an EVGA Associates program, which is type of like an associates program for PC fanatics. The referred purchaser receives a reduction on EVGA gear, and the individual whose Affiliate Code was used to purchase new {hardware} will get a share of the web sale as “EVGA bucks” that can be utilized for reductions on EVGA’s web site. Nifty!

EVGA may even present a free copy of GRIP: Fight Racing, paired with an unique EVGA-branded pores and skin on your digital automobile. However sufficient speak. On to the video games!

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