As NVIDIA's rigorously centered launch of its Turing household of GPUs and associated graphics playing cards continues, we returned with the following installment within the GeForce product stack this month. The final month was after all the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti; If you recognize one thing about NVIDIA naming, you recognize that NVIDIA by no means makes use of a stand-alone Ti card. As a suffix for larger efficiency, a Ti card will need to have a daily card as properly. And that's what NVIDIA is doing as we speak with the vanilla GeForce GTX 1660.
For the beginning of the Turing household, NVIDIA adopted a really simple top-down launch, and as we speak's launch of the GeForce GTX 1660 continues that sample. With the GTX 1660 Ti at $ 279 on the high of the mainstream market, NVIDIA is now able to launch its subordinate, slightly wallet-friendly, $ 219 counterpart. This continues the NVDIA cascade of Turing video playing cards in the direction of decrease costs and decrease efficiency and raises the bar for video card efficiency at each value degree.
Eyed on NVIDIA's new map, the GTX 1660 is actually a stripped-down GTX 1660 Ti as a part of the NVIDIA Turing GeForce product stack and serves because the era of this GeForce GTX 1060 3GB . , Because of this it’s a card that makes use of the identical GPU in a barely slimmed-down configuration – on this case, the identical TU116 that was launched for the GTX 1660 Ti – and as an alternative has to compromise on reminiscence with a view to value it for the cardboard down. GDDR6 is gone in favor of cheaper, extra widespread GDDR5, and even higher is 6GB.
Equally necessary, nonetheless, is that NVIDIA has (largely) discontinued naming for this era by not utilizing the storage capability to show total GPU efficiency. Though I'm nonetheless not a fan of suffixes (as they are usually inadvertently truncated), this example is a lot better than the naming system of the GTX 1060. So, I'll pay tribute to NVIDIA for not making the identical consumer-unfriendly resolution twice in a row met.
With as we speak's introduction of the GTX 1660, the GTX 1660 might be a very powerful begin of the NVIDIA graphics card of the yr from the buyer's perspective. With the $ 200 NVIDIA NVIDIA card, with NVIDIA cheekily including one other $ 20, we are actually coming into high-volume NVIDIA desktop merchandise. Such mainstream playing cards make up most of NVIDIA's desktop broadcasts. Subsequently, this card will set the tempo for the mainstream marketplace for the entire world. However first we wish to see if it's good.
Comparability of NVIDIA GeForce specs
GTX 1660 Ti
GTX 1060 Three GB
GTX 1060 6 GB
eight Gbps GDDR5
12 Gbps GDDR6
eight Gbps GDDR5
eight Gbps GDDR5 (X)
Reminiscence Bus Width
Single Precision Perf.
N / A
N / A
N / A
N / A
Manufacturing Course of
TSMC 12nm "FFN"
TSMC 12nm "FFN"
Date of introduction
RRP: $ 249
FE: 299 US
When delving into the specs of the GeForce GTX 1660, there’s a very well-known echo from the GTX 1660 Ti. In fact, NVIDIA makes use of the identical TU116 GPU as earlier than, making the GTX 1660 the corporate's second TU116 card. Nevertheless, as an alternative of a full-featured GPU, the TU116 is considerably diminished, chopping off 2 of the GPU's 24 SMs and enabling 22 for a complete of 1408 CUDA cores.
In any other case, there aren’t any different modifications to the GPU entrance; Specifically, all ROPs are enabled, and the clockspeeds have truly gotten lots larger, with the official enhance clock designed for 1785 MHz. Not like the extra highly effective NVIDIA merchandise, the place the steps in GPU configuration are a lot bigger, the GTX 1660 household retains issues tight. NVIDIA presents a approach to save chips, however doesn’t create a giant hole. On paper, the GTX 1660 thus has 92% of its bigger brother's shading / texturing / geometry throughput and 101% of its ROP throughput. However don’t be fooled. as TU116 was shortened, enjoying the second fiddle of reminiscence.
As I discussed originally of this text, the definitive modification of NVIDIA for this card, just like the GTX 1060 Three GB, will not be the GPU, however the reminiscence. For the GTX 1060 3GB, this modification was solely half of the reminiscence. This resulted in a 3GB GDDR5 card, which to this present day was, for my part, a short-sighted resolution. Happily, NVIDIA is doing one thing fairly totally different for the GTX 1660 Vanilla, changing the state-of-the-art GDDR6 with the confirmed spine of the GDDR5 video card business. In fact, GDDR5 will not be as quick as GDDR6 – and right here the GTX 1660 loses efficiency in comparison with the GTX 1660 Ti – however nonetheless presents good reminiscence bandwidth. And even higher, NVIDIA will ship the cardboard with a extra acceptable 6GB VRAM.
In response to the figures on the time, the GTX 1660 comes with 6 GB of GDDR5, that are related by way of a 192-bit reminiscence bus and function at eight Gbps. Because of this the GTX 1660 has precisely the identical reminiscence bandwidth because the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and three GB; In consequence, NVIDIA wants to attain extra efficiency throughout generations whereas sustaining the identical reminiscence bandwidth.
Or, to place issues within the context of the Turing era, that is solely 2/Three of the information charge of the GTX 1660 Ti's 12Gb / s GDDR6, so the general bandwidth discount is substantial, at 288GB / s drops to 192 GB / s. Nevertheless, as we are going to see within the GTX 1660 – and as we’ve got already seen in different graphics playing cards with a number of reminiscence speeds – the scaling of graphics card efficiency at reminiscence speeds is properly under 1: 1. Whereas doing so, the GTX 1660 is a good Hole falls behind the GTX 1660 Ti, the TU116 will not be fully compromised by GDDR5.
To attract a closing parallel to the GTX 1060 3GB, the NVIDIA predecessor targets the identical 120 W TDP. The GTX 1060 playing cards are all shipped with the identical TDP because the GTX 1660 playing cards. The online result’s that the Vanilla GTX 1660 is actually barely much less environment friendly than its Ti sibling and presents much less energy with the identical energy consumption. Whereas NVIDIA's TDP possibility is functionally arbitrary, the corporate thus presents a sell-off for marginal TU116 chips, which rely barely extra on juice (the most effective chips are after all in laptops). The result’s that the GTX 1660, with fewer SMs battling for efficiency, means it could solely develop slightly larger, giving the cardboard larger common clock speeds. This additionally helps to maintain the 2 GTX 1660 playing cards slightly extra highly effective than the specs would in any other case recommend – no less than if the Vanilla GTX 1660 will not be tied to the reminiscence bandwidth.
Value, Product Positioning and Competitors
Within the Pascal era, the GTX 1060 Three GB was the "candy spot" video card from NVIDIA. Like the remainder of the brand new Turing era, nonetheless, the GTX 1660 is topic to cost inflation. The GTX 1660 Ti reached $ 279, which was $ 30 larger than earlier than, and the GTX 1660 noticed its value rise from $ 20 to $ 219. Because of this though NVIDIA doesn’t fairly attain the candy spot, the GTX 1660 is actually the takeover of a $ 200 graphics card.
Like final month's launch of the GTX 1660 Ti, as we speak's launch of the GTX 1660 is only a digital introduction to NVIDIA and its board companions. Because of this NVIDIA doesn’t discover a retail reference card and that every one playing cards that come on the cabinets are customized producer playing cards. Count on in follow that the majority (if not all) of those playing cards are just like the GTX 1660 Ti playing cards which can be presently out there. Working the identical TDP on the identical GPU makes it fast and environment friendly for board distributors to reuse their designs when altering storage sorts. TU116 is after all pin-compatible with itself, though I'm unsure if GDDR6 and GDDR5 can use precisely the identical PCBs as a result of the brand new reminiscence has a unique pin rely.
NVIDIA calls as we speak's begin a tricky begin, although the reality is that I'm not satisfied the launch can be as powerful as final month's GTX 1660 Ti. We truly needed to undergo some board companions earlier than we might get a pattern as a result of different board distributors didn’t have any samples out there (thanks EVGA!). So I’ve the distinct impression that native places of work and distributors have reduce the playing cards simply earlier than as we speak's launch date. In any case, on the time of writing this text, we must always have a greater concept of how good this introduction is.
If you happen to take a look at the product stacks, this card will change the GTX 1060 3GB inside the NVIDIA product stack, with the earlier GTX 1660 Ti doing the identical with the GTX 1060 6GB. In follow, the channel was largely consumed anyway on GTX 1060 6 GB playing cards. Nevertheless, the remaining playing cards are outdated for retail because the GTX 1660 is healthier for a similar value or much less. In the meantime, the remaining GTX 1060 3GB playing cards, which have been initially properly under US $ 200, will quickly face the identical destiny.
In any other case, NVIDIA performs this launch once more straight in relation to bundles. There can be no sport packages for the GTX 1660 sequence. The worth of the product is the worth of the graphics card. The outgoing GTX 1060 playing cards, nonetheless, qualify for NVIDIA's Fortnite bundle, though Fortnite is after all a free sport.
Concerning the supposed market, just like the GTX 1660 Ti earlier than, NVIDIA targets the mainstream marketplace for the vanilla GTX 1660, beating it particularly as an improve to the GTX 960, GTX 760, R9 380 and different mainstream graphics playing cards from $ 200 from earlier a long time. Turing playing cards weren’t a real era improve in comparison with their Pascal predecessors, and the GTX 1660 is not any totally different. The brand new card is about 28% sooner than the GTX 1060 3GB that replaces it.
As with NVIDIA's loyal opposition, the launch of the GTX 1660 will proceed to place strain on AMD's ageing Polaris graphics playing cards. The GTX 1660 is quicker than any – together with the quickest RX 590 – so AMD and its board companions may have little alternative however to chop costs. Because of this AMD can attempt to place its playing cards as a spoiler for the GTX 1660 – and $ 219 of RX 590 playing cards are already showing – however they can’t settle for NVIDIA when it comes to efficiency or power effectivity. Nevertheless, AMD may have a bonus with pack-in packages as they proceed to supply their Increase the Sport bundle, which is the complete Three-pack for the RX 590.