Although Nvidia’s RTX 3080 GPU is truly impressive, it is not the right graphics card for everyone. gamers. The GTX 16 series cards offer solid performance at a much lower price, which is ideal for 1080p gamers or those interested in esports titles, especially now that they also enjoy FSR support. There are multiple variants of the GTX 1660 range, but which one is the best? We face the Nvidia GTX 1660 Super vs. GTX 1660 Ti vs. GTX 1660: which one should you choose?
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We threw the three cards into the ring to see how they held up. There are many differences between these cards, some major and some minor. Regardless, one thing is clear: they are not all the same.
Pricing and availability
The Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti was the first of Nvidia’s GTX 16 series, an entry-level alternative to its RTX graphics range and a replacement for its more modest GTX 10 series cards. It lacked the most CUDA core counts. tall, RT and Tensor cores, and expansive feature sets of RTX cards, but it was based on the same 12nm Turing architecture.
It debuted on February 22, 2019 and shortly thereafter, on March 14, was followed by the GTX 1660, a card with fewer CUDA cores and slower memory. The Nvidia GTX 1660 Super launched on October 29, 2019 and was designed to sit between the two existing 1660 cards in both price and performance.
All three cards are out of stock at retailers thanks to the constant shortage of GPUs. There are a few ways to get a card around the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) including the EVGA and Newegg Shuffle splitter system.
However, none of these programs have options for any 1660 model. If you want any of these variants, your best options are to call local retailers like Micro Center and Best Buy or buy from the second-hand market.
The EVGA and Newegg Shuffle splitter systems may not feature the 1660 models, but they do feature the much more powerful RTX 30 series graphics cards. If you’re lucky, you can get an RTX 3060 through one of these programs for less than the second-hand price of a 1660, and the 3060 will perform much better.
The GTX 1660 cards are not much different in terms of performance, but some offer greater value for money than others.
When the GTX 1660 and 1660 Ti debuted in early 2019, the obvious differences between them were the 9 percent disparity in the CUDA cores and the considerably faster memory in the Ti.
The GTX 1660 Super, on the other hand, is less of a bridge GPU and more of an alternative to the 1660 Ti. It has a slightly higher TDP, slightly higher clock speed, and faster memory.
It has the same GPU and CUDA core count as the standard 1660, which puts it slightly below the 1660 Ti in terms of raw performance, but it’s a close race.
In practice, this results in a line of graphics cards that is strangely stacked. The GTX 1660 and 1660 Ti are clearly defined as the top and bottom of this trio of cards, but the GTX 1660 Super is only slightly weaker than the 1660 Ti.
In some tests, we’ve seen it perform 2 percent lower. That is an almost insignificant difference and certainly problematic for the Ti, because there is a difference close to $ 50 between them, which at this price level is dramatic.
However, it depends on the game. At 1080p especially, the 1660 Super is ahead of the Ti and normal variants in Resident Evil 2. However, the Ti version swaps places with the Super in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and the two are almost identical in Battlefield v.
The constant between games is the regular GTX 1660. It has an invariably lower performance than the Super and Ti variants, even if it is only by a small margin.
The various factory-cooled and overclocked versions of each card can match things on a price range, but the GTX 1660 Super enters the 1660 Ti market considerably, giving it little room to breathe.
Ray tracing, Reshade, NULL
One of the biggest differences between the Nvidia GTX and RTX graphics cards is that the latter features RT cores and Tensor cores for ray tracing and deep learning supersampling (DSLL) acceleration.
GTX graphics cards, including the 16 series, can perform ray-tracing calculations, but without high levels of overall computing performance (like a 3080 Ti has, for example), it can’t be played back to a great extent. The GTX 1660 Super is no better than the GTX 1070, which is quite poor.
DLSS (Deep Learning Supersampling) is off the table with these cards too as they lack the Tensor cores to back it up. However, what they can do is take advantage of other Nvidia driver-level features.
All three GTX 1660s are compatible with Nvidia’s ultra-low latency (NULL) technology, for faster in-game response during competitive gaming. They can also enjoy all the post-processing effects introduced with Nvidia’s Reshade support.
Reshade It’s not new, gamers have enjoyed its effects on AMD and Nvidia GPUs for years, but it is now officially supported and integrated via the Nvidia control panel.
All three models of the 1660 fully support this. But, due to the slight performance hit some processing effects and filters take, the 1660 Ti should be the best equipped to handle it. However, we doubt that the Super is far behind.
1660 and 1660 Ti models feel redundant
Nvidia made an intriguing move with the introduction of the GTX 1660 Super. It’s an excellent card that offers markedly improved performance over the GTX 1660 for roughly the same price. That means we will almost always recommend the Super over the standard 1660. But what about Ti?
If you were to line up all three 1660s side by side, the 1660 Ti would prove to be the most capable option available, but only slightly. If you know the ins and outs of computer and game production, you can close that little gap pretty quickly just by running your processor at a higher clock frequency.
Ultimately, we recommend the Super to gamers, although the Ti has a slightly higher performance output for some titles. That said, it is difficult for us to recommend any card at the moment because no retailer has any of these three cards in stock right now.
It may be better to try to locate a 3060 Ti or wait for the newer 3060 to launch (although we always recommend waiting for third-party benchmarks).
At the moment, the current card series is all that AMD can offer because no other card can match the price and quality of these products. However, RX 6800 and 6800 XT are impressive cards, so we imagine AMD will release cheaper cards based on the same architecture in the remainder of 2021.