The Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti provides great performance, which is much closer to GTX 1070 Ti and also, this graphics card has an MSRP of 279$, which means that this graphics card provides a much better value altogether than GTX 1070 and GTX 1070 Ti and is a perfect replacement for these two. This is after a long time that Nvidia has launched something so attractive, price-wise, that provides 1440p-level performance. If we go in detail and talk about the architecture of the 1660 Ti. First of all, this graphics card does not feature the technologies that the high-end 2000-series does, like the Ray-Tracing or Deep Learning SuperSampling. As for the specifications are concerned, the graphics card is coupled with a 6-GB of GDDR6 memory, leading to a memory bandwidth of 288.0 GB/s thanks to the 192-bit memory bus. The graphics card features 1536 shader processing units, which is an impressive amount, as the Turing-based shaders are better than Pascal-based shaders, resulting in performance quite close to GTX 1070 Ti. The graphics card provides 48 Render-Output-Units and 96 Texture-Mapping-Units, which is sufficient for 1440p gaming with medium or even high settings. In this article, we will discuss the best suitable variants of GTX 1660 Ti for various scenarios.
1. MSI GEFORCE GTX 1660 TI GAMING X (Best Aesthetics)
Our Rating: 9.9/10
- Dual-BIOS enables easy switching between profiles
- Twin Frozr VII cooling solution is as quiet as its cooling potential
- Provides the best design and is coupled with pleasant RGB setup
- The graphics card suffers from coil whine
- Power delivery is not very impressive
Boost Core Clock: 1875 MHz | GPU Cores: 1536 | Memory: 6GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1500 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 288.0 GB/s | Length: 9.72 Inches | No. of Fans: 2 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 130W
So, here we are, with the latest addition to the Gaming X series, the MSI GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X comes with all-new Twin Frozr VII, which is a big improvement over the previous generation in terms of aesthetics. The front shroud of the graphics card offers a complex-look using a combination of black and silver color. There are four beautiful-looking RGB spots on the front while the top of the card also provides an RGB bar, with an MSI Twin Frozr VII logo. The graphics card also provides a stunning silver-color back-plate, providing five big vents allowing the card to breathe.
The cooling solution of the graphics card offers three heat-pipes soldered with horizontal-aligned fins of the heat-sink. The heat-sink is not overly big but is sufficient for this graphics card as the TDP of this graphics card is rated at 130-watts. We observed temperatures around 65-degrees, which is quite good and provides enough head-room for overclocking.
Speaking of overclocking, the graphics card offers a 4+2 phase VRM and 2 phases for memory are quite useful for GDDR6 memory and we saw clock rates as higher as 2070-MHz on the core and reached an effective memory clock of 15000 MHz. Moreover, this overclock barely resulted in any temperature increase.
We believe that Gaming X variant is among the top variants for GTX 1660 Ti and provides great features with stunning aesthetics and should be your top priority if you can spend a few extra bucks.
2. EVGA GEFORCE GTX 1660 TI XC ULTRA GAMING (Excellent Acoustic Performance)
Our Rating: 9.85/10
- Long heatsink ensures cool operation
- The new EVGA fans are a much better in acoustic levels
- Comes sufficiently overclocked out of the box
- RGB lighting would be a great addition
- The graphics card is not that attractive for the price
Boost Core Clock: 1860 MHz | GPU Cores: 1536 | Memory: 6GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1500 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 288.0 GB/s | Length: 10.55 Inches | No. of Fans: 2 | RGB Lighting: No | Graphics Outputs: 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 160W
EVGA GTX 1660 Ti XC Ultra Gaming is a dual-slot dual-fan version by EVGA, which provides great performance parameters. The graphics card offers black colored fan-shroud with two latest-gen EVGA fans which seem to be quite an improvement over the previous fans. The body of the graphics card is lengthier than the PCB which is why the back of the extra part comes with a black back-plate, although the PCB does not offer any back-plate, which is a bit disappointing.
Thanks to the large heat-sink, the graphics card reached a maximum temperature of 64-degrees which is fabulous and there are no worries of any kind of thermal-throttling.
As for the overclocking potential is concerned, the graphics card reached 2020-MHz on the core and we saw a maximum of 14700-MHz clock rates on the memory. This is a bit lower than we expected but the temperature-levels of this graphics card are the best among the bunch and if you are not into the visuals much, this graphics card could be a nice addition to your setup.
3. ZOTAC GAMING GEFORCE GTX 1660 TI (Best Graphics Card For The Money)
Our Rating: 9.5/10
- One of the only cards available at MSRP
- Two fans are surprisingly packed into such a small shroud
- Can be installed in most of the mini-ITX cases
- Provides stock clocks despite having adequate capability
- Comes with no back-plate
Boost Core Clock: 1770 MHz | GPU Cores: 1536 | Memory: 6GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1500 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 288.0 GB/s | Length: 6.83 Inches | No. of Fans: 2 | RGB Lighting: No | Graphics Outputs: 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 120W
Zotac Gaming GTX 1660 Ti is a surprising variant of GTX 1660 Ti, designed for mini-ITX rigs. The graphics card provides a dual-fan setup but its size is much smaller than other dual-fan variants, at only 6.83 inches. The front of the graphics card offers a grayish-looking shroud which is designed beautifully and looks good despite not having any sort of lighting. Since this is one of the cheapest variants of the graphics card, there is no back-plate included, which is fine, as this graphics card is intended for small casings where back-plate generally increases the temperature by a couple of degrees.
The cooling solution of the graphics card offers three 6mm heat-pipes, although the heat-sink of the graphics card is of mediocre size. This results in the temperature of the graphics card reaching 74-degrees which is not that high to be considered in the danger zone.
The graphics card provides a 4+2 phase VRM and this solution resulted in the maximum overclocked core clocks around 1950-MHz and memory clocks around 13200-MHz. These clock rates are only a bit lower than other variants, which is why the difference in the performance levels is going to be huge.
We believe that there are not a lot of options when we select components for a beautiful mini-ITX setup but Zotac has achieved a great solution for such rigs and this graphics card is perfectly fine for a small casing.
4. ASUS PHOENIX GEFORCE GTX 1660 TI OC (Designed for Mini-ITX builds)
Our Rating: 9/10
- Compact design offers great compatibility with cases
- Comes factory overclocked
- The looks of the graphics card are disappointing
- The cooling solution is barely enough
- The I/O options are limited
Boost Core Clock: 1815 MHz | GPU Cores: 1536 | Memory: 6GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1500 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 288.0 GB/s | Length: 6.85 Inches | No. of Fans: 1 | RGB Lighting: No | Graphics Outputs: 1 x DVI, 2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 120W
ASUS Phoenix GTX 1660 TI OC is another variant of GTX 1660 Ti targeted towards users who own a mini-ITX setup. This graphics card offers a very basic shape with a simple fan-shroud and a single fan. The shroud is black in color and there are white stripes on the shroud which gives a black&white-look. The graphics card has almost similar length to the Zotac variant, but unlike the Zotac variant, this graphics card comes factory-overclocked with a 60-MHz offset. There is definitely no signs of any back-plate as this graphics card is among the cheaper variants.
The cooling solution of this graphics card is quite abysmal as there are no heat-pipes and the graphics card is fitted with a single piece of heat-sink. Moreover, we think that this graphics card too, could use a dual-fan design as the length of the graphics card allows such a setup. With the current setup, we witnessed thermals around 80-degrees, which is troublesome.
The power delivery of the graphics card worked greatly and on overclocking, we witnessed core-clocks surpassing 2000-MHz and on the memory, we saw a maximum clock-rate of 13200-MHz. This graphics card might not look so great and might not provide great thermals but if you want a faster out-of-the-box experience or want a quiet graphics card, this variant will suit you well.
5. GIGABYTE GEFORCE GTX 1660 TI OC (The Perfect Mediocre Gtx 1660Ti)
Our Rating: 8.7/10
- Offers a simplistic design but provides powerful features
- Offers great competition to other products with same price
- Aorus Utility provides easy customization
- The fans are much louder than other variants
- The front plastic feels cheap
Boost Core Clock: 1845 MHz | GPU Cores: 1536 | Memory: 6GB GDDR6 | Memory Speed: 1500 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 288.0 GB/s | Length: 10.43 Inches | No. of Fans: 2 | RGB Lighting: No | Graphics Outputs: 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin | Maximum Nominal Power Consumption: 120W
Gigabyte Windforce 2x editions are quite old but recently their designs have been changing a lot and here we are, with the latest Windforce design, in combination with GTX 1660 Ti. The graphics card offers a black fan-shroud with two areas gray in color, which results in a satisfactory look. The fans of the graphics card are quite unique, with a complex design and offer great airflow. The graphics card also provides a black back-plate, which is quite good-looking and has “GIGABYTE” written in the center.
The cooling solution of the graphics card is not worthy of the “WindForce” title as there is only a single 6mm copper heat-pipe, although this too, would be enough for a graphics card like GTX 1660 Ti. We noticed temperature-levels around 67-degrees which is fine.
The graphics card provides a 4+2 phase VRM which enabled us to witness core clocks as high as 2025-MHz and a maximum memory clock of 14000-MHz. This overclocking raised the temperature-levels by 4-degrees surpassing the 70-degree mark.
Overall, this variant provides all the necessary features for a graphics card of this level and we will recommend this graphics card if you are short on budget and still want to achieve the proper experience.
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