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

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GeForce GTX 1660 - Tomb Raider And Strange Brigade

Rise of the Tomb Raider is a sequel to the 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, which takes protagonist Lara Croft back to her explorative “tomb raiding” roots in a deep origin story. The game, however, was updated and enhanced with new gameplay and combat mechanics. The engine was updated as well, and offers DirectX 12 support, along with some stunning visuals. The benchmark outputs results from a number of maps; we’re reporting numbers from the “Geothermal Valley” here, along with the average score of all the maps. The game’s maximum “Very High” graphics preset was used, and all graphics-related options were enabled as well.

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
DirectX 12 Benchmarks

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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider

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We're starting to sound more than repetitive at this point, but it is what it is... Once again, we see the new GeForce GTX 1660 cards skip past the Radeon RX 590 and GeForce GTX 1060 at both resolutions, in the Shadow Of The Tomb Raider benchmark. 
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The 95% frame rate data also show the GeForce GTX 1660s finishing in the same position, about 10% ahead of the Radeon RX 590.

Strange Brigade
DirectX 12 (Or Vulcan!) Benchmarks
Strange Brigade is a third-person action game set in Egypt in the 1930s that takes gamers on an various adventures to explore ruins, solve puzzles, and uncover valuable treasures, while also blasting through an array of un-dead enemies. This game has both DirectX and Vulcan code paths and makes use of Asynchronous Compute as well. We tested Strange Bridge with its Ultra graphics preset with A-Sync compute enabled at a couple of resolutions.
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Strange Brigade

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The performance trend in Strange Brigade mirrors what we saw in F1 2018. In this game, the Radeon RX 590 performs particularly well and climbs the ladder a bit, while the GeForce GTX 1660 cards slot in just in front of the GTX 1060, but behind the GTX 1660 Ti.

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Render times in Strange Brigade tell the same story -- the new GTX 1660s are clearly faster than the GTX 1060, but couldn't keep pace with the higher end cards or the Radeon RX 590.

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