The ¬¬gc_id:4722[Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB]¬¬ may be the world’s worst kept secret but it’s still officially a secret all the same. Now, Nvidia has allegedly officially informed certain members of the press that the GeForce GTX 1660 Super is the real deal and it will be launching in exactly one week’s time.
Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Super is pencilled in to launch on October 29th and will slot in right between the ¬¬gc_id:4095[Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660]¬¬ and the ¬¬gc_id:4093[Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB]¬¬. It bears much more similarity to the former rather than the latter though, lining up with almost identical specs bar the faster GDDR6 video memory.
We’re looking at the exact same cut down TU116-300 GPU, complete with 1408 CUDA Cores, a base clock speed of 1530 MHz and a boost clock of 1785 MHz. The GeForce GTX 1660 Super sets itself apart from the vanilla GTX 1660 thanks to its 6GB GDDR6 memory. This allows for a faster memory speed of 14Gb/s, increasing the memory bandwidth from 192GB/s up to 336GB/s.
Price-wise, the GeForce GTX 1660 Super is expected to begin at $229 from launch next week, around $10 more expensive than a GeForce GTX 1660. Considering the similarity in price, it’s possible the GTX 1660 Super may be replacing an outgoing GTX 1660.
GeForce GTX 1650 GeForce GTX 1660 GeForce GTX 1660 Super GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Architecture TU117 TU116-300 TU116-300 TU116-400 Process 12nm 12nm 12nm 12nm CUDA Cores 896 1408 1408 1536 TMUs 56 80 80 96 ROPs 32 48 48 48 Base Clock 1485 MHz 1530 MHz 1530 MHz 1500 MHz Boost Clock 1665 MHz 1785 MHz 1785 MHz 1770 MHz Memory 4GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR6 6GB GDDR6 Memory Interface 128-bit 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit Memory Speed 8 GHz 8 GHz 14 GHz 12 GHz Memory Bandwidth 128 GB/s 192.1 GB/s 336 GB/s 288 GB/s Price $149 $219 $229 $279
There’s not a whole lot in it then, the GeForce GTX 1660 Super can essentially be viewed as a ‘Super’ refresh of the GTX 1660. The greater memory bandwidth should help with higher-resolution textures or displays, although the real-world benefits may be fairly minimal.
Overall, it’s not the most exciting addition to the Nvidia GeForce 16 series line-up, smacking of an over-reaction to AMD imminent Radeon RX 5500 series more than anything. Still, we’ll be eager to see next week whether the use of GDR6 memory helps the GeForce GTX 1660 Super stand apart.