NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Review: Smooth 1080P Gaming For Less

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GeForce GTX 1660 - Shadow Of War And F1 2018

Monolith’s surprisingly fun Orc-slaying title Middle Earth: Shadow of War, delivers a ton of visual fidelity even at its lower quality settings. So, to maximize the eye-candy on these high-end graphics cards, we used the game’s Ultra quality preset and ran the benchmark routine at a couple of resolutions, topping out at 4K -- or, excuse us, 3840x2160 for the sticklers out there. All of the game's graphics-related options were enabled, along with Temporal AA and Camera Blur. We should note this is the latest installment in the successful game series and our review of Shadow of War is right here, if you'd like to catch up on the happenings in Middle Earth.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Performance
Glorious Orc-Slaying Action

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

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We saw a somewhat different performance trend in Shadow Of War. Here, the Radeon RX 590 jumps up a few rungs, and the GeForce GTX 1660 cards end up trailing. The new GTX 1660 cards, however, have no trouble dispatching the GeForce GTX 1060. 

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The frame and render time data shows the GeForce GTX 1660 cards churning through Shadow Of War significantly faster than the GTX 1060, but they can't quite catch the higher-end, and higher-priced, cards.

F1 2018
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance
F1 2018 is Codemaster’s latest Formula One racing simulation, and like previous version of the game, it sports impressive visuals with DX11 support (though a DX12 code path is currently in beta). We tested the game configured with its Ultra graphics preset, but with SSRT shadows enabled at resolutions of 1920x1080 and 2560x1440 with temporal anti-aliasing enabled.

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Performance with F1 2018 is more in-line with all of the other tests we've run up to this point. The new GeForce GTX 1660 cards from EVGA and Gigabyte outpace the Radeon RX 590 and the GeForce GTX 1060 at both resolutions, and offer better minimum and average frame rates.

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The frame time data jibes with the average framerates and shows the GeForce GTX 1660 card outrunning the Radeon RX 590 and GeForce GTX 1060.

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