Amazon and iBuyPower had an oopsie-daisy moment earlier today when, for a brief period of time, the latter hawked a couple of systems with unannounced GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards on the former's website. The premature listings are the latest in a long line of evidence that NVIDIA is getting ready to launch more Turing cards, but without real-time ray tracing support.
The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has been leaked and rumored several times over the past few weeks, along with a non-TI variant. From what we know (or think we know), both cards are based on Turing, but lack access to dedicated RT cores. It's not clear if NVIDIA is simply disabling them on the new cards, or if it is using a new version of Turing. Either way, the staple features of NVIDIA's RTX technology—real-time ray tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) support—are out of the equation.
By offering a version of Turing without RTX features, NVIDIA is able to deliver the next-generation performance gains of its latest GPU architecture at lower price points. This is important, as NVIDIA went on record saying its GeForce RTX sales have not met expectations, with the company blaming the shortfall on the premium price and lack of games that support real-time ray tracing and DLSS.
So, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GeForce GTX 1660 will fill the gap while RTX grows its legs. As it pertains to iBuyPower, it listed two systems on Amazon's website with the new card, both under its Elite Gaming desktop line.
One of the systems, which we captured in a screen grab (shown above) sports an Intel Core i7-8700 processor, 16GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, a 480GB solid state drive, and of course the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. It also offers onboard Wi-Fi and RGB lighting. As shown, pricing is $1,199.99 for that configuration.
The other setup (which disappeared before we could screen grab it) is slightly cheaper at $1,079.99 and includes an Intel Core i5-9400F processor, 16GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, 256GB SSD + 1TB hard drive, and a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. Like the pricier system, it has onboard Wi-Fi connectivity and RGB lighting. Both rigs come with Windows 10 Home 64-bit installed.
It has been rumored that NVIDIA will formally introduce its GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GeForce GTX 1660 cards this Friday, and considering the leaked desktop listings, that seems increasingly likely. If not then, surely they will be announced soon.