GeForce GTX 1660 - Our Summary And The Verdict
Performance Summary: NVIDIA made summarizing the GeForce GTX 1660’s performance nice and easy. Generally speaking, the GeForce GTX 1660 is 15% to 30% faster than a GeForce GTX 1060, and slots in just behind the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. Save for a couple of tests, the GeForce GTX 1660 is also faster than the Radeon RX 590 overall, though the deltas separating them are somewhat smaller. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Black and Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G cards featured here also performed similarly, but the latter’s higher GPU boost frequency gave it a slight edge throughout testing. Of course, EVGA has factory-overclocked models of the GTX 1660 coming as well; the XC Black is just not one of them.
GeForce GTX 1660 cards should be available immediately at price points starting at $219. Despite the Gigabyte card’s somewhat higher GPU boost clock, both the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Black and the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G have MSRPs of $219 – it is only higher-clocked models that should be priced a bit more.
At that price, the GeForce GTX 1660 represents a very good value in the current GPU landscape. It is low-power, quiet, offers good performance for 1080P gamers, NVIDIA’s latest encoding engine, and it is easily overclockable too. The GeForce GTX 1660 is more affordable than the Radeon RX 590 and most GeForce GTX 1060s as well, making it an easy recommendation if you’re shopping for a GPU in this price range.
RX 590 cards at the moment and EVGA is giving away a free copy of GRIP, plus a custom EVGA Skin. However, if we focus solely on the hardware and its performance, the GeForce GTX 1660’s ~$219 price tag tips the scales in NVIDIA’s favor. The GTX 1660 offers better overall performance, a newer GPU architecture, and it is more power-efficient as well. Unless there are some major price-shifts as a result of this launch, if you’ve got $220 to spend on a GPU, the GeForce GTX 1660 is the card to get.