There is further evidence to suggest that NVIDIA is planning to launch a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which so far has not been officially announced. After word of the new model leaked out last week, purported benchmarks of the GPU have now popped up online, and interestingly they claim to show the performance of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti as a laptop GPU.
The initial leak pegged the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti as a desktop card, or at least that was the general assumption. While the model number could change by the time it hits retail, the the big takeaway is that it is based on NVIDIA's current Turing GPU architecture, minus the dedicated RT cores for real-time ray tracing.
If this card does in fact exist, our hunch is that NVIDIA has simply disabled the RT cores, as opposed to making an entirely new GPU. Going this route could help improve yields—NVIDIA could take GPUs that don't pass qualification for real-time ray tracing and package them into the new GTX part.
Source: Twitter via @TUM_APISAK
In any event, notorious leaker and Twitter user @TUM_APISAK posted a screenshot of benchmark results for the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti in Ashes of the Singularity. Running at the High preset level (1080p), it scored 7,400. It also averaged 75.6 frames per second overall, among runs in the Normal (88.5 fps), Medium (76.1 fps), and Heavy (65.6) test batches.
For comparison, a GeForce GTX 1060 scores around 6,200 in the same benchmark. That is a solid boost in performance, assuming the score is accurate (and the GPU is real). It's also roughly in line with what we would expect, given the rumored specs. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is said to have 1,536 CUDA cores, compared to 1,280 for the GeForce GTX 1060 and 1,920 for the GeForce RTX 2060.
From what we can tell, it looks like NVIDIA is aiming for a healthy performance uptick versus the GeForce GTX 1060, while coming up short of the GeForce RTX 2060 so as not to cannibalize sales of the higher end part.