As expected, we are following our review of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with an even larger 33-part benchmark test. The first day review examined a dozen newer games, such as Resident Evil 2, Metro Exodus, Apex Legends and many others.
We were eager to see how the 1660 Ti piled up in a much wider range of games. That's what we do today. The summary performance and breakdown section includes the 12 games already reviewed, as well as the 21 new titles. For 12 of these 21 titles, we will analyze and comment on the results in more detail below.
We performed all tests on the same test bench consisting of a Core i9-9900K clocked at 5 GHz with 32 GB DDR4-3200 memory. Regarding the drivers, we used Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.2 for Radeon GPUs and Game Ready 418.91 WHQL for GeForce GPUs.
We first Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and although this is a title sponsored by AMD, he prefers Nvidia hardware. We find that the GTX 1660 Ti can equal Vega 64. It was also 42% faster than the RX 590. In comparison, for the other GeForce components, it corresponds to the GTX 1070 and is 11% slower than the RTX 2060.
We then have Strange Brigade, another title sponsored by AMD. This time, he plays well with AMD hardware, which makes more sense. Interestingly, while the RTX 2070 is a bit faster than the GTX 1080, the GTX 1660 Ti is actually a bit slower than the GTX 1070. Nevertheless, the overall performance at 1440p was good and the new affordable GPU Turing has also outpaced the RX 590.
In Star Wars Battlefront II, the GTX 1660 Ti shows how far superior it is to the GTX 1060 6GB and RX 590, delivering 40% better performance. In this title, we look at performances similar to those of the GTX 1070 or the Vega 56 with an average of 68 fps in good health.
The DiRT 4 using CMAA is a special AMD software, but the GTX 1660 Ti has nevertheless been able to compete with the RX 590, offering the same experience. The 1660 Ti also roughly matched the GTX 1070 Ti and was only 5% slower than the GTX 1080.
Then we have For Honor, we see here the GTX 1660 Ti arrive just behind the GTX 1070, which meant that there were a few less images on the Vega 56. Even so, it was still almost 30% faster than the RX 590 and GTX 1060. 6 GB.
Sniper Elite 4 is one of the few games that supports DirectX 12 and works best with DX12. That said, the GTX 1660 Ti is far behind the GTX 1070. It was also 12% slower than the Vega 56. Although it was not a bad result, it was not the best result of the card.
In The Witcher 3, the 1660 Ti matches the GTX 1070 as it often does. The GPU also matched Vega 56 and was 26% faster than the Radeon RX 590, but more importantly, with the visual parameters of the game. its maximum, it offered a very playable 54 fps on average at 1440p. This allowed for a much better experience than the RX 590 or the 6GB GTX 1060.
F1 fans will appreciate what the GTX 1660 Ti has to offer for less than $ 300. Looking for performance somewhere between a GTX 1070 and 1070 Ti. The Radeon GPUs work very well in this title too, but despite this, the 1660 Ti dusted the RX 590 by 23%.
When testing with Warhammer Vermintide 2, the GTX 1660 Ti is the Vega 56. Please note that we use the DirectX 11 API for testing. Some Vega users complained that we favored Nvidia using DX11, which was not the intention, but we had checked for the last time that DX11 offered better performance in background time. We plan to retry these GPUs with DX12 just to make sure. Moreover, in case these Vega owners would not have received the memo, Turing is rather handy for the DX12 and Vulkan titles.
The performance in Prey is a little behind what you would expect from the GTX 1660 Ti, although with an average rate of 86 fps, it was still ahead of the RX 590 and GTX 1060 6GB. The low 1% was also very strong, even though it was behind the 1070 with a margin of 9%, which was a little surprising.
Kingdom Come Deliverance has the 1660 Ti sitting between the 1070 and 1070 Ti, making this new midrange GPU around 14-15% slower than the more expensive RTX 2060 and Vega 56. It was not as much faster than the RX 590 … well, it was 22% faster, but as we have already seen it increase by 40%, a margin of 22% seems modest in this case.
We've already seen how Warframe works better with Pascal GPUs. For example, the GTX 1080 is 8% faster than the RTX 2070. Here, the GTX 1070 was 16% faster than the 1660 Ti. In fact, Turing's new budget offer was only 9% faster than the GTX 1060 6GB, so a disappointing result for Warframe fans.
GTX 1660 Ti vs GTX 1060
On the first day of the exam, the GTX 1660 Ti was 40% faster on average compared to the GTX 1060 6GB at 1440p. This figure has dropped a bit in the comparison of the 33 matches, now the 1660 Ti is only 34% faster, although it remains a decent margin.
The reason is the more limited selection of games that, purely by chance, were more favorable to the Turing GPU. The focus has been on new titles such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Apex Legends, Resident Evil 2 and Hitman 2, all of which have strongly favored the 1660 Ti.
However, we have now included games such as Warframe, Shadow of War and half a dozen other titles that have seen the 1660 Ti beat the 1060 by less than 30%, reducing that average and making the GTX 1660 Ti 34% faster on average compared to the The GTX 1060 6G, which in itself is not a bad result since it costs only 12% more.
GTX 1660 Ti vs GTX 1070
On our first day of coverage, the 1660 Ti was about 2% faster on average compared to the GTX 1070, and because of that, we found that the overall performance was the same. Now, in our 33-game test, the 1660 Ti came out exactly at the 1070 level. This graph gives us a good idea of where Turing is more efficient than Pascal and, of course, faster in all conditions. In this case, we oppose a part of Pascal CUDA from 1920 to a Turing part of 1536 CUDA.
GTX 1660 Ti vs RTX 2060
For the RTX 2060 comparison, we see margins similar to those of our initial review. Previously, the 1660 Ti was 12% slower, now with 33 games this margin is increased very slightly to 14%. We have to retry Forza Horizon 4 to try to understand what's going on there, but other than that, the only other extreme extreme cases include Warframe, Metro Exodus and World of Tanks.
GTX 1660 Ti vs Radeon RX 590
The performance margin remains the same for the Radeon RX 590 comparison.
The 1660 Ti is 24% faster here.
GTX 1660 Ti vs Vega 56
Compared to the Radeon Vega 56, the GTX 1660 Ti slows on average by 8%. However, with more titles, we see some examples where the GTX 1660 Ti was significantly slower: Warframe, Strange Brigade, Battlefield V, DiRT 4 and Resident Evil 2, for example. Meanwhile, the GTX 1660 Ti was slightly faster or a match for Vega 56 in Assassin 's Creed Odyssey, Fortnite, Vermintide 2 and Apex Legends.
Cost per image and final thoughts
A quick update of our cost per image graph. If you read our review of the GTX 1660 Ti from previous days, the change here is very small, at around 2-4 fps for most. Only the Radeon VII has experienced a significant change in the 33-game sample, and it accumulates here much better than the previous 12-game comparison. However, in the context of this article, Radeon VII does not interest us, but Vega 56, RX 590 and RX 580 play a more important role in this comparison.
Overall, little has changed … the GTX 1660 Ti is only 9% more expensive than the RX 580 per image, but 12% cheaper than the RX 590 and 22% cheaper that the Vega 56, priced at $ 400 asked. Then, compared to the RTX 2060, the image cost of the 1660 Ti is improved by 7%, giving a solid result for the new GTX graphics card.
This is how the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti stacks in a wide range of games and it was interesting to see where it offered big gains compared to GPUs such as the GTX 1060 6 GB, and others where the gains were less impressive.
Although the GTX 1660 Ti looks less attractive to owners of the GTX 1060 6GB in this gigantic reference comparison, a performance improvement of 34% on average is still not ridiculous. If we were currently playing with a GTX 1060 and looking for something more powerful, upgrading to a GTX 1660 Ti is worthy of consideration. The new GPU offers superior performance for a low price. Of course, if you have something faster than a GTX 1060 or RX 580, such as the Vega 56 or the GTX 1070, there is still no choice of interesting upgrade if you want to get the best value for money.
For those coming from much older GPU mid-range, your best choices are the GTX 1660 Ti or the Vega 56. The RX 590 is just not fast enough for its price, but we're finally starting to see some changes with the some models as low as $ 240, which is closer in terms of cost per image. Nevertheless, for this level of performance, the Radeon RX 580 is usually better. We do not expect a true competitor of the AMD GTX 1660 Ti until Navi has abandoned his career.
There are currently a number of 1660 Ti graphics cards available at a suggested retail price of $ 280.
Zotac with its Gaming model, MSI has the Zentus, EVGA has the XC Black, Gigabyte offers a basic model OC card as well as a Mini-ITX version. It would seem, therefore, that obtaining a decent model for MSRP is not a problem. We love the look of the MSI Ventus and we will try to put it on hand very soon. In the current state of things, the GTX 1660 Ti has no competition for the best value for money and for the whole of its price.