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Rumour: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Inbound, TU116 GPU and 20% Fewer Cores Than RTX 2060
By Jon Sutton on January 24th, 2019 at 02:14pm - original article from game-debate

UPDATE: In yet more proof the world has finally gone mad, there is mounting evidence Nvidia absolutely is going to call its next mainstream graphics card the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. I despair, I really do. If anyone can think of a single reason why Nvidia's graphics card is called this, please send your answers on a postcard or let us know in the comments below.

Multiple sources including HardOCP and Hexus are claiming the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is the real deal. We had the 'alleged' Ashes of the Singularity benchmark, and we've now also got a supposed photo from a behind-closed-doors Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti reveal event in China.

Everyone's saying it's true, there's a whole lot smoke on this here fire, but the name is ludicrous enough to still cause doubt.

Anyway, I've run the leaked photo through Fotoforensics and, while I'm no expert, it definitely looks like an image with a whole lot of noise that could indicate image editing techniques, as well as razor-sharp edge down the right-hand-side of the speaker. Image noise is particularly noticeable down near the bottom of the on-stage screen. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one though.

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Fotoforensics GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Reveal China

Whether the image is real or not though, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti could be absolutely real regardless. HardOCP even goes so far as to claim Nvidia's new graphics card will launch on February 15th priced at $279 and will feature the specs outlined in our original story below.

Nvidia's plans don't end there as well, with reports also suggesting Nvidia is readying a GeForce GTX 1660 for $229 and a GeForce GTX 1650 for $179. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will then receive a price drop so it's cheaper than the GeForce GTX 1650. Unfortunately, we don't have rumoured specs for these lower-end GPUs just yet.

Original Story: 17-Jan-2019 - Rumour: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Inbound, TU116 GPU and 20% Fewer Cores Than RTX 2060

Nvidia’s mainstream graphics card is going to be dubbed the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, according to the absolute bucketfuls of rumours doing the rounds at the moment.

I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard of a more ridiculous naming convention for a graphics card. Ever. And that’s saying something when you actually think about the nonsensical naming conventions used by Nvidia and AMD/ATI over the years.

You’d have to twist yourself in knots to perform the kind of mental arithmetics that leaves GeForce RTX 2060’s sibling to be known as the GTX 1660 Ti. 1060 Ti? Sure. GTX 2060? Why not. 1160 Ti even? Perhaps. But 1660 Ti? It’s almost one of those rumours that’s so daft it’s probably true, but I don’t think even Nvidia would attempt to confuse the market in quite such a magnificent manner.

Anyway, it appears as if this rumour originated on Videocardz and has since been perpetuated across just about every tech site imaginable. They reckon they've heard the nomenclature from three separate sources, so there is that. If it is true then Nvidia needs to give its head a wobble. There’s a lot to be said for not confusing your customer base, as Nintendo painfully found out with the Wii U. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti would be confusing on an entirely new level, and it’s not exactly beneficial to making PC gaming a simpler, more welcoming place to be for prospective gamers.

Nvidia GeForce 1660 Ti Logo

We’ve been surprised before, and we’ll be surprised again, but we have major doubts Nvidia is heading down this route. If Team Green does, you can bet your bottom dollar it’s an active attempt to confuse the market rather than offer any sort of cohesion. There’s an argument to be made the GTX/RTX split could confuse the Average Joe,  as could rolling with the GTX 11 series alongside the RTX 20 Series. The GTX 16 Series following in the footsteps of the GTX 10 Series though.. that’s a whole other level. I can’t actually fathom how the GTX 1660 Ti name makes sense, both in the idea that it could be faster than an RTX 2060, and in how it links to Nvidia’s other naming conventions whatsoever. We would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Anyway, aside from the naming there is the subject of specs, and we’ve got rumours of them too. The, ahem, GTX 1660 Ti will allegedly feature a Turing TU116 GPU (versus TU106 GPU on the RTX 2060) with 1536 CUDA  Cores, 6GB GDDR6 memory on a 192-bit memory interface, and of course no RT or Tensor Cores, and therefore no raytracing capabilities.

It’s a little bit difficult to judge without the clock speeds available to us but the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti would have 20% fewer cores than the RTX 2060. This is quite interesting as we’d assumed Nvidia would spin off a clone of the RTX 2060, just without the RT and Tensor Cores. Instead, this lends a little more substance to the rumours and perhaps indicates Nvidia doesn’t want the GTX 1660 Ti to eat into the GeForce RTX 2060 sales in a big way.

Time will tell with this one, but what would you think if Nvidia went ahead with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti naming? With an estimated 20% performance dip compared to the RTX 2060, and with no DXR or DLSS capabilities, how much should the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti cost?