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[Various] Nvidia GTX 1660 launch day coverage

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/...1660_XC_Ultra/
https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/...1660_Gaming_X/
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14071...evga-xc-gaming
https://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreview...ti-rx-590-more
https://www.kitguru.net/components/g...g-x-6g-review/
https://hothardware.com/reviews/nvid...and-benchmarks
https://www.hardwareluxx.de/index.ph...0-im-test.html (German)
https://nl.hardware.info/reviews/913...de-eerste-rang (Dutch)
https://lab501.ro/placi-video/review-msi-geforce-gtx-1660-gaming-x (Romanian)
https://www.sweclockers.com/test/27180-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1660-sann-eftertradare-till-populara-gtx-1060 (Swedish)
https://bit-tech.net/reviews/tech/gr...si-gaming-x/1/
http://www.pcgameshardware.de/Geforc...eview-1277392/ (German)
https://3dnews.ru/984208(Russian)
https://www.tomshw.de/2019/03/14/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1660-6gb-mit-boardpartnerkarten-von-msi-es-bewegt-sich-etwas-nicht-nur-die-pixel/ (German)
https://wccftech.com/review/nvidia-g...entus-xs-oc/8/
https://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/revi...-turing-masses
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...16,6027-2.html
https://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphi...g-EVGA-and-MSI
https://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graph...-ultra-gaming/
https://elchapuzasinformatico.com/20...-ultra-review/ (Spanish)
https://www.xanxogaming.com/reviews/...rx-590-killer/ (Spanish)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/antonyl.../#4ddc287f386b
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3365...ra-review.html
https://www.conseil-config.com/2019/...oite-et-bundle (French)
https://www.guru3d.com/articles_page..._review,5.html
https://www.pcmag.com/review/367081/...gtx-1660-oc-6g
https://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/...n_199_review/1
https://babeltechreviews.com/evga-gtx-1660-xc-review/4/
http://www.benchmark.pl/testy_i_rece...1660-test.html (Polish)
https://pclab.pl/art80108-3.html (Polish)
https://hk.xfastest.com/24970/asus-geforce-gtx-1660/ (Chinese)
https://www.gamestar.de/artikel/nvid...t,3341708.html (German)
https://www.hkepc.com/17742/TU116-30...1660_GAMING_OC (Chinese)
https://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/...t/1174674.html (Japanese)

https://www.computerbase.de/2019-03/...-1660-release/ <--- announcement only (German)

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192-bit GDDR5 is holding it back in some instances. In terms of shaders it's ~91% of the GTX 1660 Ti and 10% more than the GTX 1060 6GB.

From reviews it seems if you want a quiet card the EVGA XC Ultra dual fan card (no backplate though , 130W power target / 160W power limit) and MSI Gaming X (140W power limit) both run < 1200RPM fan speed typically (for a price premium of around $20). The MSI Gaming X uses 4x Onsemi NCP302045 45A powerstages but EVGA XC Ultra uses 6x 55A Onsemi NCP302155 powerstages. EVGA's XC ultra is about as overbuilt as the Asus STRIX with the 6x 50A SiC638 powerstages , so really there could be a looser max power limit as there's an 8 pin PCIe power connector.

The cheapest Gigabyte Windforce is using 4x 50A powerstages from Alpha&Omega Semi (http://www.aosmd.com/res/data_sheets/AOZ5332QI.pdf) while triple fan model uses what looks to be a 6 phase doubled low side fet design (see hkepc review). Asus is using a similar 4 powerstage design for the cheapest Phoenix model (see xfastest). Those cheaper models run around 2000RPM to maintain clockspeeds and I've seen similar reviews for the Zotac twin fan.

Currently the XC Ultra is on sale for $230 ($10 MIR) while Gaming X runs $250: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16814487439

(EVGA official on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/EVGA-GeForc...n/264238878457 )

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Looks to be an even better buy than the 1660 Ti.


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Pretty solid card that displaces the RX 590, even at its newer, lower price point. I only read the AnandTech review so far, it seems that overclocking the VRAM to 9 Gbps improves performance a bit but more noticeably if you also overclock the cores. I'd say that if you're going to overclock the cores, you also have to get the VRAM to work at 9 Gbps to get the full benefit. Let's hope that most 8 Gbps VRAM chips at this point can do it, since it's mature tech and there is even a 9 Gbps bin which OCs even further, so it should be doable, let's hope that they don't cheap out.

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Looks to be an even better buy than the 1660 Ti.
I agree, sweet card might have to pick one up for my HTPC.

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This will sell a lot considering its G5 which will be cheap for Nvidia.

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Pretty solid card that displaces the RX 590, even at its newer, lower price point. I only read the AnandTech review so far, it seems that overclocking the VRAM to 9 Gbps improves performance a bit but more noticeably if you also overclock the cores. I'd say that if you're going to overclock the cores, you also have to get the VRAM to work at 9 Gbps to get the full benefit. Let's hope that most 8 Gbps VRAM chips at this point can do it, since it's mature tech and there is even a 9 Gbps bin which OCs even further, so it should be doable, let's hope that they don't cheap out.
going through all the trouble, I'd rather pay for the low end 1660Ti.

On my local retail store, I have seen 1660 MSI/gigabyte gaming more expensive than the bare basic 1660Ti MSI ventus/Zotac twin fan.

Sometimes I wonder why AIB bother making high end 1660. People would just go for basic 1660Ti

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Is this a worthy upgrade from the gtx 970?

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going through all the trouble, I'd rather pay for the low end 1660Ti.

On my local retail store, I have seen 1660 MSI/gigabyte gaming more expensive than the bare basic 1660Ti MSI ventus/Zotac twin fan.

Sometimes I wonder why AIB bother making high end 1660. People would just go for basic 1660Ti

What trouble? There will always be a high-end model from the tier below with all the bells and whistles that costs almost the same as the next card, in the entry level, crappier cooler configuration. You can also buy an entry level 1660 model and solve that problem. Unless your local store has a nonsensical pricing structure, but that is another matter.



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Is this a worthy upgrade from the gtx 970?

The card performs between a GTX 980 and a 980 Ti, but with better support / performance in DX 12 and has the same amount of VRAM as the 980 Ti. When overclocked you get around 980 Ti performance. You decide if that is enough of a jump.

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Is this a worthy upgrade from the gtx 970?
No. If you are looking for 970 replacement then 2060 or Vega 56 it is.

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Is this a worthy upgrade from the gtx 970?
wanna play quick and dirty napkin math?

970 is 86% of 1060 - 1060 is 83% of 1660.

83% of 86% is 71.38% 970 vs 1660 so 28.62/71.38 = 40% upgrade.

i passed on getting a 1080 for 40%, still have my 980ti . . but for a $200 card . . . if having a 970; it would little more attractive to me.

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