GeForce GTX 1660 Ti - Our Summary And The Verdict
Performance Summary: The new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti performed roughly on-par with, but more often than not, slightly better than a GeForce GTX 1070 overall, and it completely smoked the GeForce GTX 1060 across the board. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti was particularly good (relative to the GTX 1070) in VRMark and newer titles like Shadow Of The Tomb Raider and F1 2018. Versus the GTX 1060, the new GTX 1660 Ti offered the largest gains (in the neighborhood of 30 – 50%) in those same applications, and it did so while consuming only a bit more power. Despite not being able to increase the power target, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black we tested also proved to be a good overclocker, and hit 2.1GHz with minimal tweaking. **Note: We are running fresh numbers on AMD Radeon RX 590 and Radeon RX Vega 56 now and will add them to the charts shortly...
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti cards will be available immediately, at MSRPs starting at $279. Higher-clocked cards, and those decked out with more elaborate cooling and lighting, will obviously command a few more dollars, but cards like the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Black should sell at $279 once availability ramps.
At that price, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a strong value; it significantly undercuts cards like the GeForce GTX 1070 (and Radeon RX Vega 56), while offering similar overall performance. Heck, many GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) and Radeon RX 590 cards are still selling in the $260 range, though there are some deals on a few select models out there. We’re hearing that Vega 56 prices should be coming down to better compete with the 1660 Ti as well, but as of publication, nothing was available for a price even remotely close to what was being suggested.
In the end, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti doesn’t drastically change the landscape, but it does bring along NVIDIA's latest GPU architecture, with useful features like the company's latest NVENC video encoding engine, and good performance down to an approachable price point. Gamers in the market for a sub-$300 GPU with 1440p monitors (or lower), should definitely add the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to their short list of potential candidates. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a solid GPU at its price point.