Originally Posted by Raghar
Is there a decent list of VRM for GTX 1660 - RTX 2060? I was eyeing Zotac 1660, but I was originally wanting to get Strix stuff for hypothetically longer durability. (And possibly lower noise, thought RTX cards would be noisy anyway.)
Zotac usually uses the cheaper powerpaks on its PCBs but as long as they cool it shouldn't matter because people don't keep their gaming GPUs very long anyway (if it were a pro card it would not be an option). All of the RTX 2060 cards also lack VR-link / USB-C except for the premium model Aorus card and the Founder's Edition. If you look at the cards overall generally the main concern is not power delivery (due to power limits) but the cooling on the GPU itself.
The problem with the MSI Ventus line is that it generally uses a plastic backplate and lacks fan stop options , while the Armor line does have fan stop and according to mSI they have thermal pads on the backplate for Armor lineup which suggests it's not a plastic backplate.
I would get the dual fan EVGA SC/XC dual fan if I were looking at RTX 2060 just for the step-up option, with the caveat of turning down the fan profile (also multi-monitor support will be sparser due to the display outputs). RTX 2060 Super has more VRAM, more RT cores, more memory bandwidth , but RTX 2070 is the same price with even more RT Cores and CUDA cores...
---> Zotac RTX 2060 (note the discrete high+low side fets) http://www.coolpc.com.tw/phpBB2/view...?f=52&t=255443
---> RTX 2060 XC Ultra https://www.techpowerup.com/review/e...c-ultra/5.html
---> RTX 2060 MSI Gaming X https://www.ekwb.com/configurator/st...?gpu_gpus=4200
Right now the MSI GTX 1660 Gaming X is $215 which makes the MSI Ventus for $214 pointless. Then again the GTX 1660 line is pretty weak when the GTX 1660 Ti exists with GDDR6 that massively improved memory bandwidth.
---> GTX 1660 Gaming X PCB : https://www.ekwb.com/configurator/st...?gpu_gpus=4413
---> GTX 1660 Ventus PCB: https://www.ekwb.com/configurator/st...?gpu_gpus=4426
I'd say the GTX 1660 Ti Armor at ~$250 is far better for the money however: https://www.newegg.com/msi-geforce-g...82E16814137390
Unless you need CUDA , Gsync (i.e. you have a GSYNC monitor that doesn't have Freesync), tensor cores, or RT cores it's probably better to get a $350ish RX 5700 when the aftermarket cards come along.
Techspot did an article on this comparing Ventus with Gaming X: https://www.techspot.com/review/1861...graphics-card/
The only cards making sense in the Nvidia midtier lineup right now are GTX1660 ti at $250ish (for non-RT use), $400 RTX 2070 (instead of RTX 2060 Super), and $500 RTX2070 Super really. For $1K you can get RTX 2080 Ti , but less than that the RTX 2080 isn't much faster than RTX 2070 Super.