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Six months on from the revealing of Nvidia’s high-end RTX graphics playing cards just like the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti, Nvidia has a couple of playing cards priced competitively sufficient to be referred to as mid-range. However what are the variations between them? Why are their naming conventions totally different? Is the worth hole between them price bridging?

To search out out, we pitted the Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti versus the RTX 2060 in a battle of the mid-range powerhouses.


The GTX 1660 Ti is an intriguing new addition to Nvidia’s graphics card line up as a result of it’s constructed on the identical Turing structure because the RTX 2060, however in some ways it has far more in widespread with the last-generation GTX 1060 that it (form of) takes its identify from. Not solely does it sport the GTX moniker, however it lacks the RT and Tensor cores for ray tracing and deep studying tremendous sampling, which have been hallmarks of the RTX era of GPUs.

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It does share a variety of specs with the RTX 2060 although. Its reminiscence is identical 6GB of 12Gbps GDDR6 and it too is constructed on a 12nm course of, representing a 25 % die shrink over the 16nm GTX 1060. It additionally has a bumped clock velocity (even increased than the RTX 2060) and options 1,536 CUDA cores. That’s a handy 20 % enhance over the GTX 1060 and a 20 % drop-off from the RTX 2060.

However how does this equate to actual world efficiency? Early critiques at the moment are in, and the 1660 Ti appears prefer it suits fairly comfortably into Nvidia’s line up as you would possibly count on contemplating its value level. It performs favorably in comparison with last-generation graphics playing cards, equating to roughly a GTX 1070 by way of uncooked efficiency, though the last-generation card does pull barely forward in some video games. It’s additionally capable of beat out AMD’s RX 590 in most exams, which seems to be the principle goal of Nvidia’s pricing on the brand new card.

Contemplating the RTX 2060 tends to compete extra favorably with higher-end playing cards just like the GTX 1070 Ti and the AMD Vega 56, it ought to be no shock that’s noticeably extra highly effective than the GTX 1660 Ti. It differs from sport to sport, however basically there’s a 10 and 15 % hole in efficiency.

Whereas that’s vital sufficient to make the RTX 2060 a greater gaming card — particularly should you’re seeking to play at 1440p — for these at 1080p, the financial savings made by choosing a GTX 1660 Ti could also be price it, particularly should you aren’t fascinated about among the visible options provided by RTX GPUs.

Ray tracing and DLSS

Exterior of uncooked energy, the 2 primary promoting factors for Nvidia’s RTX-generation of Turing graphics playing cards was, and nonetheless are, ray tracing and deep studying tremendous sampling (DLSS). Very similar to in our comparability of the AMD Radeon VII and Nvidia’s RTX 2080, there’s a stark distinction between the 2 playing cards we’re evaluating right here: One helps each of those options and the opposite helps neither.

Whereas there have been early rumors that the GTX 1660 Ti might have Tensor cores on board, now that it’s launched, we will categorically say that it doesn’t. That signifies that neither RTX-powered ray tracing nor DLSS are potential with any GTX graphics playing cards. That’s a giant consider why the GTX 1660 Ti has a smaller GPU and why it’s noticeably cheaper.

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Does this matter in relation to choosing one card over the opposite? It relies upon. The RTX 2060 definitively provides extra by way of an expanded characteristic set. DLSS specifically holds potential to extend the visible high quality of a scene and its efficiency. Ray tracing is arguably wasted on a card on the stage of the RTX 2060, however it’s not less than potential and a few video games might leverage its restricted variety of RT cores to respectable impact sooner or later.

Right now, although, there are few video games that assist both or each options and people who do, don’t take nice benefit of the expertise or ship an expertise that’s arguably poorer for his or her assist.

Compatibility and value

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Neither the RTX 2060 or the GTX 1660 Ti are monstrous graphics playing cards that can stress your energy provide or the inside design of your PC. The 1660 Ti is a a lot smaller card, nevertheless, so can be a greater choose for many compact methods constructed on the mATX or Mini-ITX form-factor. You wouldn’t want something greater than a 450-watt or 500-watt PSU in your system for both of those playing cards. 400 watts might even be ample for the 1660 Ti.

Most trendy motherboards should not have any downside operating both of those playing cards, and also you received’t run into any bottlenecks with PCIexpress three.zero x16 or x8, nor PCIexpress 2.zero x16.

The RTX 2060 debuted with a value of $350, and though there are some third-party choices now out there, they pattern upwards in value slightly than down. Right this moment, you should buy an RTX 2060 for between $350 and $400, typically with a free sport.

The GTX 1660 Ti is offered in an impressively big selection of fashions, although none are available in underneath the launch value. Yow will discover GTX 1660 Tis of assorted sorts for between $280 and $320.

GTX nonetheless holds the bang for buck crown

Nvidia made a giant gamble with its RTX Turing playing cards. The supply was modest efficiency enhancements over 10-series Pascal playing cards, with giant justifying the launch value hike by doubling down on visible options and enhanced AI operate. Right now, with the restricted variety of out there video games, it’s arduous to suggest any of them until you’ve gotten deep pockets. The RTX 2060 provides the best bang for buck of any RTX card at its extra modest value level, however the GTX 1660 Ti is the higher worth card.

The newer, leaner, and weaker GPU, is certainly not a document breaker in its class. It’s a GTX 1070 with a decrease energy draw and a smaller kind issue, at a barely lowered value level. That’s not precisely a serious promote from Nvidia greater than two years on from the launch of the Pascal era. However for these seeking to improve from a card that’s a couple of generations outdated, the GTX 1660 Ti makes for an incredible 1080p and 1440p gaming card with out most of the — at this level — slightly pointless bells and whistles championed by the overpriced RTX era.

It’s also a way more favorable competitor for AMD’s RX 590 and is the true successor to the GTX 1060 Nvidia followers have been ready for. If Nvidia might saved the worth a bit decrease, it could be a must-buy.



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