Our worst naming nightmares have been realised. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is every bit the real deal. Plenty of pictures of AIB partner variants of the GTX 1660 Ti are already doing the rounds and it now appears we have a release date - February 22nd.
Nvidia is yet to formally announced the GTX 1660 Ti but both Palit and EVGA have confirmed they’ll have custom versions of the new mid-range video card ready for release. More specifically, we’ve got the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC (Black) and the Palit GeForce GTX 1660 Ti StormX inbound.
Specs-wise, it’s right in line with what we were expecting. The GTX 1660 Ti will feature a Turing GPU, just like the RTX range. However, it’ll be a TU116 GPU without the ray-tracing and DLSS capabilities of Nvidia’s top-end graphics cards. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has 1536 CUDA Cores, 6GB GDDR6 memory on a 192-bit memory interface. It’ll come with a base clock speed of 1500 MHz and a Boost Clock of 1770 MHz, although AIB partners will provide overclocks through their custom models.
EVGA hasn’t confirmed the specs for the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC (Black) yet, but Palit’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti StormX will have a modest overclock up to 1815 MHz boost clock.
Latest pricing rumours pin the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti at $279, some $50 cheaper than the $229 previously rumoured. That’s just $70 shy of a GeForce RTX 2060, and custom GTX 1660 Ti’s are going to be pushing right up near that price point. On the surface this makes the 1660 Ti look like quite an odd release.
We’re still waiting on concrete benchmarks, although we had an alleged leak through Ashes of the Singularity last month that pointed to the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti being faster than the previous-gen GTX 1060. Which to be honest, is the absolute bare minimum anyone should expect from this card, else it has no reason to exist, particularly at its expected $279 price point.
I’m really struggling to see just where this graphics card fits into the grand scheme of things. Nvidia clearly wanted to provide a cheaper mid-range alternative to the GeForce RTX 2060. One without the ray-tracing capabilities. However, offering up a card that’s markedly cheaper and has similar gaming performance would cannibalise the sales of the RTX 2060, and Nvidia knows this. So because the RTX 2060 isn’t neccesarily a great value proposition, the core count has been chopped down 20% for the GTX 1660 Ti in order to make the RTX 2060 look more appealing. What we end up with is a strange product that’s been intentionally gimped and may not offer a huge performance leap over the previous generation.
As ever though, it’s all going to come down the frame rates and we’re itching to see how the GTX 1660 Ti lines up with the competition. Should AMD be worried? We’ll have to wait and see.