Nvidia has unleashed the GeForce GTX 1660 on an unprepared, and probably underwhelmed public. The halfway house successor sits somewhere between the GeForce GTX 1060 and GeForce RTX 2060 in terms of nomenclature, although its performance is far closer to the former than the latter.

The GeForce GTX 1660 is equipped with a cut-down version of the same TU116 GPU used for the GTX 1660 Ti. While lacking the advanced ray-tracing and DLSS features of the RTX cards, the TU116 GPU still benefits from new Turing improvements such as shader innovations that improve performance and efficiency, as well as Adaptive Shading tech.

Unlike its sibling, the GTX 1660 also uses slower (and cheaper) GDDR5 memory, as well as a reduced core count.

GeForce GTX 1660 Graphics Card Specs

GeForce GTX 1060 3GBGeForce GTX 1060 6GBGeForce GTX 1660GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Manufacturing Process16nm16nm12nm FFN12nm FFN
Base Clock1506 MHz1506 MHz1530 MHz1500 MHz
Boost Clock1708 MHz1708 MHz1785 MHz1770 MHz
Texture units72808896
Texel Fill-rate108.4 Gigatexels/s120.5 Gigatexels/s157.1 Gigatexels/s169.9 Gigatexels/s
Memory Clock8GHz8GHz8GHz12GHz
Memory Bandwidth192 GB/s192 GB/s192.1 GB/s288.1 GB/s
Max L1 Cache Size480 KB480 KB1408 KB1536 KB
Die Size200 mm²200 mm²284 mm²284 mm²

As you can probably guess from what looking at the specs, the GeForce GTX 1660 is a graphics card targeted squarely at the 1080p market, the single largest sector of PC gamers. It’s a mainstream video card with a fairly mainstream £164 price tag.

It all adds up to a graphics card that’s a fair chunk slower than the GTX 1660 Ti, and performs pretty much exactly as you’d expect it to.

GeForce GTX 1660 v GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming FPS Performance @ 1080p

In a nutshell, the GeForce GTX 1660 is indeed faster than a GTX 1060 at 1080p, and significantly so in a few instances. However, for the most part, there’s but 5-15% separating their frame rates. If you’re still holding onto your GTX 1060, it makes it hard to suggest this could be a worthy upgrade. It isn’t, frankly, but it’s rapidly going to become the only choice you’ve at this price point from Nvidia as supplies of the GTX 1060 6GB begin to dry up.

However, despite this minor performance jump, Nvidia claims two-thirds of GeForce gamers are using a GeForce GTX 960 or weaker, so it’s understandable that plenty of people may be looking toward the GTX 16 series as an upgrade path. Those with a GTX 1060 will come away from this disappointed, but for that two-third chunk of Nvidia’s market, we’ve got a very capable 1080p video card for £168. Whether that’s enough to sway them over a cheaper Radeon RX 580 is a different matter entirely.

The end result with the GeForce GTX 1660 launch is that this isn’t a graphics card to set pulses racing, but is a very good upgrade if you are still using a 960, or are getting a new PC with a reasonably priced and high performing graphics card.

Let us know what you think about the new 1660s and the 16 series as a whole? Are you planning on picking one up for yourself, and if you have already what kind of performance boost did you feel?

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