NVIDIA might as well hurry up and formally introduce its GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GeForce GTX 1660 graphics cards already. While still not official, the new cards have been the subject of numerous leaks and rumors. That continues this weekend with press renders of an overclocked model from Gigabyte, some new benchmarks, and even information about pricing.
If you have somehow missed all of the chatter surrounding these new cards, they are upcoming Turing parts, but without RTX features such as real-time ray tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling support. Recently leaked images of an actual GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU suggests that NVIDIA is going with a new version of Turing that lacks RT cores and perhaps Tensor cores as well, as opposed to simply disabling them.
Here's what we are looking at for the reference specs:
- GeForce GTX 1660 Ti: 1,536 CUDA cores, 96 Texture Units, 1,500MHz base clock, 1,770MHz boost clock, 6GB GDDR6 memory, 192-bit memory bus, 6,000MHz memory clock
- GeForce GTX 1660: 1,280 CUDA cores, 80 Texture Units, 1,530MHz base clock, 1,785MHz boost clock, 6GB GDDR5 memory, 192-bit memory bus, 4,000MHz memory clock
The latest leaked model from Gigabyte is a custom card with a dual fan cooling solution and presumably a factory overclock. It's not clear how much of an overclock Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC model will bring to the table, but it probably will not be overly aggressive. Of note is that the press renders make no reference to Gigabyte's Aorus or Gaming brands.
On top of new press renders (to go along with several others up to this point), famed leaker and Twitter user @TUM_APISAK discovered a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti entry in the official Final Fantasy XV benchmark database. Here's a look...
At 2560x1440 with the High Quality setting, the purported GeForce GTX 1660 Ti scores an even 5,000, putting it a hair above a GeForce GTX 1070 and just below a Titan X and GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design. AMD's recently launched Radeon VII scores 5,201 in the same benchmark. Unfortunately there is no entry for a GeForce RTX 2060, which would be a more interesting comparison, as it is the least expensive RTX card.
It was previously rumored that the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti would debut at $279, and the folks at Videocardz claimed to have confirmed that figure, saying NVIDIA has notified reviewers of that price point. That would make it $70 cheaper than a GeForce RTX 2060. NVIDIA's pricing also undercuts the street price for the GeForce GTX 1070, which typically goes for $329 and up (there is a single model on Newegg that currently on sale for $300 right now).
All that is left to do at this point is wait for the launch and subsequent reviews.