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PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC Graphics Card Review: A small GPU for compact PCs

Sebastian Bade, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Alex Alderson), 11/19/2019

A good 1080p alternative. The GeForce GTX 1660 closes the gap between the GTX 1650 and the GTX 1660 Ti, although NVIDIA has now released SUPER flavours of the GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 too. The GTX 1660 comes with 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, while the PNY XLR8 Gaming OC has a relatively economical TDP of 120 W. Read on to find out how well this compact desktop GPU gets on in our tests and how it compares against other cards.

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NVIDIA pitches the GeForce GTX 1660 between the GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti not only on price but also performance. As its name suggests, the GPU has no ray-tracing cores, which NVIDIA reserves for the RTX series.

NVIDIA has included an 8-pin power connector on the GTX 1660 as it requires a little more power under load than its Turing entry-level sibling, the GTX 1650. However, the GTX 1660 has fewer shaders and texture units than the GTX 1660 Ti, along with GDDR5 rather than GDDR6 VRAM. Correspondingly, the GTX 1660 has a lower memory bandwidth than the GTX 1660 Ti too, although both operate on the same memory bus. The GTX 1660 has the edge over the GTX 1660 Ti on clock speeds. Both have 6 GB of VRAM too.

The PNY XLR8 Gaming OC has an HDMI 2.0b port, along with DVI and DisplayPort connections.

PNY includes 36 months' warranty as standard too, which is a nice touch. Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies & Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

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An overview of NVIDIA Turing GPUs

Specifications GTX 1650 GTX 1660 GTX 1660 Ti RTX 2060 RTX 2070 RTX 2080 RTX 2080 Ti
GPU TU117 TU116 TU116 TU106 TU106 TU104 TU102
Process 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm
Shader units 896 1,408 1,536 1,920 2,304 2,944 4,352
Texture units 56 88 96 120 144 184 272
Tensor Cores - - - 240 288 368 544
RT Cores - - - 30 36 46 68
GPU base clock 1,485 MHz 1,530 MHz 1,500 MHz 1,365 MHz 1,410 MHz 1,515 MHz 1,350 MHz
GPU boost clock 1,665 MHz 1,785 MHz 1,770 MHz 1,680 MHz 1,620 MHz 1,710 MHz 1,545 MHz
Memory bus 128 Bit 192 Bit 192 Bit 192 Bit 256 Bit 256 Bit 352 Bit
Memory bandwidth 128 GB/s 192.1 GB/s 288 GB/s 336 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 616 GB/s
VRAM 4 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR6 6 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 11 GB GDDR6
TDP 75 W 120 W 120 W 160 W 175 W 215 W 250 W

The Test System - AMD Ryzen 9 3900X as a base

We paired the XLR8 Gaming OC with an MSI MEG X570 Godlike motherboard and an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor for our tests. The Ryzen 9 3900X offers excellent performance as we discovered in our review earlier this year, and we used a Be Quiet Silent Loop 280 mm AIO to keep it cool. We also used 16 GB of G-Skill Trident Z Royal Gold RAM that we left clocked at 3,600 MHz on CL16-16-16-36. Finally, we ran all our benchmarks and tests on an Acer Predator XB321HK, a 4K monitor that we have used in many of our gaming reviews.

A big thank you to AMD for kindly providing us with this test platform.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
MSI MEG X570 Godlike
G-Skill Trident Z Royal Gold DDR4-3600
Case Corsair Carbide Air 540 ATX Cube
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
GPU PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC
CPU cooler Be Quiet Silent Loop 280 mm
RAM G-Skill Trident Z Royal Gold DDR4-3600 2 x 8 GB (DDR4-3600 CL16-16-16-36)
Motherboard MSI MEG X570 Godlike (BIOS 1.20, Default Settings, XMP 1 for DDR4-3600 CL16)
Monitor Acer Predator XB321HK 4K
Power supply Corsair RM 1000X
SSD Corsair MP600 2 TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD
SDD Western Digital SN720 512 GB - for games
SSD Crucial MX500 2 TB - for games
OS Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit (Version 1903)
Drivers NVIDIA 441.12

Clock speeds - A higher boost clock than NVIDIA reference speeds

The XLR8 Gaming OC remains close to NVIDIA reference clock speeds. The card can hit 1,830 MHz though, which is 45 MHz higher than the 1,785 MHz reference boost clock. Its 1,530 MHz base clock is unchanged though, as is its 2,000 MHz VRAM clock speed. Correspondingly, the XLR8 Gaming OC has the same 192.1 GB/s memory bandwidth as other GTX 1660 cards.

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Synthetic Benchmarks - Keeping pace with the Radeon RX 570

The XLR8 Gaming OC performed as expected in synthetic benchmarks, namely between the GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti. Nonetheless, the gap between our review unit and the GTX 1660 Ti is between 10 and 30%. However, our review unit scores up to 60% more than the GTX 1650, with the largest gaps occurring at higher resolutions because of the additional 2 GB of VRAM that the GTX 1660 has.

Compared to AMD, the XLR8 Gamin OC roughly performs on par with the AMD Radeon RX 570. While the former matches the latter in most instances, the RX 570 occasionally has an edge because of its higher volume of VRAM.

Performance Rating
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
95.2 pt ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
84.1 pt ∼84%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
76.6 pt ∼77%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
64.3 pt ∼64%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
61.6 pt ∼62%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
51.8 pt ∼52%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
50.7 pt ∼51%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
38.9 pt ∼39%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
8673 Points ∼100% +58%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
7732 Points ∼89% +41%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
7675 Points ∼88% +39%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
6131 Points ∼71% +11%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
5502 Points ∼63%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
4863 Points ∼56% -12%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
3958 Points ∼46% -28%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
3492 Points ∼40% -37%
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Graphics
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
5955 Points ∼100% +122%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
5292 Points ∼89% +97%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
4244 Points ∼71% +58%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
3702 Points ∼62% +38%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
3158 Points ∼53% +18%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
3070 Points ∼52% +14%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
2684 Points ∼45%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
1674 Points ∼28% -38%
Fire Strike Extreme Graphics
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
12209 Points ∼100% +90%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
10876 Points ∼89% +70%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
9097 Points ∼75% +42%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
7328 Points ∼60% +14%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
7184 Points ∼59% +12%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
6414 Points ∼53%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
6077 Points ∼50% -5%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
4044 Points ∼33% -37%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
25383 Points ∼100% +83%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
22457 Points ∼88% +62%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
19338 Points ∼76% +40%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
16746 Points ∼66% +21%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
16024 Points ∼63% +16%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
13847 Points ∼55%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
13827 Points ∼54% 0%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
9195 Points ∼36% -34%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
35715 Points ∼100% +73%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
31570 Points ∼88% +53%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
26413 Points ∼74% +28%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
23202 Points ∼65% +12%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
22128 Points ∼62% +7%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
20696 Points ∼58%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
18967 Points ∼53% -8%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
13759 Points ∼39% -34%
Unigine Heaven 4.0
Extreme Preset OpenGL
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
115.8 fps ∼100% +41%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
110.2 fps ∼95% +34%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
100.7 fps ∼87% +22%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
94.3 fps ∼81% +14%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
82.4 fps ∼71%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
60.3 fps ∼52% -27%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
55.7 fps ∼48% -32%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
54.3 fps ∼47% -34%
Extreme Preset DX11
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
132.5 fps ∼100% +51%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
124.1 fps ∼94% +42%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
119.9 fps ∼90% +37%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
100.9 fps ∼76% +15%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
87.6 fps ∼66%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
76.1 fps ∼57% -13%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
64.7 fps ∼49% -26%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
56.8 fps ∼43% -35%
Unigine Valley 1.0
1920x1080 Extreme HD DirectX AA:x8
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
106.3 fps ∼100% +66%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
99.3 fps ∼93% +55%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
91.2 fps ∼86% +42%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
77.4 fps ∼73% +21%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
64.2 fps ∼60%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
57.3 fps ∼54% -11%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
49.1 fps ∼46% -24%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
42.1 fps ∼40% -34%
1920x1080 Extreme HD Preset OpenGL AA:x8
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
89.1 fps ∼100% +51%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
83.6 fps ∼94% +41%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
82.7 fps ∼93% +40%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
70.5 fps ∼79% +19%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
59.1 fps ∼66%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
50 fps ∼56% -15%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
42.8 fps ∼48% -28%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
40 fps ∼45% -32%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
2586 Samples/s ∼100% +27%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
2108 Samples/s ∼82% +4%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
2104 Samples/s ∼81% +4%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
2030 Samples/s ∼78%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
1996 Samples/s ∼77% -2%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
1856 Samples/s ∼72% -9%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
1600 Samples/s ∼62% -21%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
1368 Samples/s ∼53% -33%
Sala GPUs-only
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
6188 Samples/s ∼100% +52%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
5655 Samples/s ∼91% +39%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
5312 Samples/s ∼86% +31%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
4440 Samples/s ∼72% +9%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
4084 Samples/s ∼66% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
4070 Samples/s ∼66%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
3282 Samples/s ∼53% -19%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
2577 Samples/s ∼42% -37%
ComputeMark v2.1
1024x600 Normal, QJuliaRayTrace
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
5761 Points ∼100% +54%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
4903 Points ∼85% +31%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
4703 Points ∼82% +26%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
3975 Points ∼69% +6%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
3740 Points ∼65%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
3299 Points ∼57% -12%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
2538 Points ∼44% -32%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
2444 Points ∼42% -35%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Scalar
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
4869 Points ∼100% +121%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
4043 Points ∼83% +84%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
3312 Points ∼68% +51%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
2982 Points ∼61% +36%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
2478 Points ∼51% +13%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
2362 Points ∼49% +7%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
2199 Points ∼45%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
1474 Points ∼30% -33%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Vector
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
4246 Points ∼100% +92%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
3532 Points ∼83% +60%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
2802 Points ∼66% +27%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
2800 Points ∼66% +26%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
2327 Points ∼55% +5%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
2214 Points ∼52%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
2169 Points ∼51% -2%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
1628 Points ∼38% -26%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 2DTexArr
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
1960 Points ∼100% +90%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
1810 Points ∼92% +76%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
1801 Points ∼92% +75%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
1452 Points ∼74% +41%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
1140 Points ∼58% +11%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
1030 Points ∼53%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
997 Points ∼51% -3%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
673 Points ∼34% -35%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 3DTex
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
2349 Points ∼100% +123%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
2294 Points ∼98% +118%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
1889 Points ∼80% +79%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
1531 Points ∼65% +45%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
1239 Points ∼53% +18%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
1106 Points ∼47% +5%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
1054 Points ∼45%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
698 Points ∼30% -34%
1024x600 Normal, Score
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
19184 Points ∼100% +87%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
16383 Points ∼85% +60%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
14375 Points ∼75% +40%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
11791 Points ∼61% +15%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
11648 Points ∼61% +14%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
10237 Points ∼53%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
9194 Points ∼48% -10%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
7011 Points ∼37% -32%
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
89.55 fps ∼100% +107%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
79.21 fps ∼88% +83%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
70.44 fps ∼79% +63%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
59.94 fps ∼67% +38%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
57.59 fps ∼64% +33%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
55.36 fps ∼62% +28%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
43.33 fps ∼48% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
43.33 fps ∼48%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
35.27 fps ∼100% +444%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
33.5 fps ∼95% +417%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
24.87 fps ∼71% +284%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
19.35 fps ∼55% +199%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
8.55 fps ∼24% +32%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
8.35 fps ∼24% +29%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
6.48 fps ∼18% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
6.48 fps ∼18%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
46.9 fps ∼100% +119%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
40.97 fps ∼87% +91%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
35.22 fps ∼75% +65%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
33.92 fps ∼72% +58%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
31.75 fps ∼68% +48%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
21.41 fps ∼46% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
21.41 fps ∼46%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
18.12 fps ∼39% -15%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04)
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
127.42 fps ∼100% +49%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
123.16 fps ∼97% +44%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
86.51 fps ∼68% +1%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
85.26 fps ∼67% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
85.26 fps ∼67%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
73.32 fps ∼58% -14%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
66.24 fps ∼52% -22%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
31.7 fps ∼25% -63%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
12.72 fps ∼100% +478%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
11.53 fps ∼91% +424%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
9.19 fps ∼72% +318%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
7.89 fps ∼62% +259%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
5.95 fps ∼47% +170%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
4.27 fps ∼34% +94%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
2.2 fps ∼17% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
2.2 fps ∼17%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
66.87 fps ∼100% +144%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
60.21 fps ∼90% +120%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
49.01 fps ∼73% +79%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
44.45 fps ∼66% +62%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
41.33 fps ∼62% +51%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
36.6 fps ∼55% +34%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
27.36 fps ∼41% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
27.36 fps ∼41%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
158.81 fps ∼100% +271%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
135.74 fps ∼85% +217%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
123.47 fps ∼78% +188%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
74.84 fps ∼47% +75%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
65.95 fps ∼42% +54%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
54.64 fps ∼34% +28%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
42.85 fps ∼27% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
42.85 fps ∼27%
1900x1060 3ds Max (3dsmax-05)
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
183.6 fps ∼100% +73%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
173.77 fps ∼95% +63%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
159.02 fps ∼87% +49%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
155.74 fps ∼85% +46%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
120.33 fps ∼66% +13%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
107.88 fps ∼59% +1%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
106.41 fps ∼58% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
106.41 fps ∼58%
SPECviewperf 13
Solidworks (sw-04)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
114.44 fps ∼100% +88%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
101.77 fps ∼89% +67%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
83.42 fps ∼73% +37%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
82.95 fps ∼72% +37%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
79.9 fps ∼70% +32%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
77.54 fps ∼68% +28%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
60.76 fps ∼53% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
60.76 fps ∼53%
Siemens NX (snx-03)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
61.27 fps ∼100% +428%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
60.49 fps ∼99% +421%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
44.18 fps ∼72% +281%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
38.28 fps ∼62% +230%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
15.26 fps ∼25% +32%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
14.99 fps ∼24% +29%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
11.6 fps ∼19% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
11.6 fps ∼19%
Medical (medical-02)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
82.83 fps ∼100% +199%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
67.51 fps ∼82% +144%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
49.1 fps ∼59% +78%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
43.54 fps ∼53% +57%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
42.08 fps ∼51% +52%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
27.9 fps ∼34% +1%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
27.66 fps ∼33% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
27.66 fps ∼33%
Maya (maya-05)
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
246.96 fps ∼100% +91%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
220.34 fps ∼89% +71%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
202.66 fps ∼82% +57%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
185.19 fps ∼75% +43%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
151.03 fps ∼61% +17%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
143.92 fps ∼58% +11%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
129.23 fps ∼52% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
129.23 fps ∼52%
Energy (energy-02)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
26.82 fps ∼100% +831%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
24.55 fps ∼92% +752%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
11.17 fps ∼42% +288%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
8.98 fps ∼33% +212%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
8.1 fps ∼30% +181%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
7.62 fps ∼28% +165%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
2.88 fps ∼11% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
2.88 fps ∼11%
Creo (creo-02)
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
169.83 fps ∼100% +94%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
156.98 fps ∼92% +79%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
133.46 fps ∼79% +53%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
116.7 fps ∼69% +33%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
90 fps ∼53% +3%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
87.5 fps ∼52% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
87.5 fps ∼52%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
80.19 fps ∼47% -8%
Catia (catia-05)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
242.76 fps ∼100% +302%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
209.21 fps ∼86% +247%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
168.94 fps ∼70% +180%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
153.63 fps ∼63% +154%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
108.16 fps ∼45% +79%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
94.27 fps ∼39% +56%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
60.37 fps ∼25% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
60.37 fps ∼25%
3ds Max (3dsmax-06)
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
184.36 fps ∼100% +75%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
175.55 fps ∼95% +66%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
159.38 fps ∼86% +51%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
157 fps ∼85% +49%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
120.44 fps ∼65% +14%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
108.41 fps ∼59% +3%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
105.54 fps ∼57% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
105.54 fps ∼57%
SiSoft Sandra 2016
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AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
919.18 MPix/s ∼100% +35%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
912 MPix/s ∼99% +34%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
775 MPix/s ∼84% +14%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
737.26 MPix/s ∼80% +8%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
680.77 MPix/s ∼74%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
440.57 MPix/s ∼48% -35%
GP Cryptography (Higher Security AES256+SHA2-512)
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
63.84 GB/s ∼100% +22%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
52.19 GB/s ∼82%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
46.29 GB/s ∼73% -11%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
29.52 GB/s ∼46% -43%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
23.8 GB/s ∼37% -54%
GP Financial Analysis (FP High/Double Precision)
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
137.45 KOPT/s ∼100% +98%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
99.09 KOPT/s ∼72% +42%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
73.83 KOPT/s ∼54% +6%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
69.57 KOPT/s ∼51%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
44.82 KOPT/s ∼33% -36%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
24 KOPT/s ∼17% -66%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
20.81 KOPT/s ∼15% -70%
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The Witcher 3: Response times – ultra preset
The Witcher 3: Response times – ultra preset
The Witcher 3: Frame rates – ultra preset
The Witcher 3: Frame rates – ultra preset

The XLR8 Gaming OC also convinced in our gaming tests. The GPU runs out of steam at 1440p and 2160p though, so we would recommend only using it for 1080p gaming. While the GPU is limited in that sense, it outperforms the GTX 1650 to an even greater extent than it does in synthetic benchmarks as our tables below demonstrate.

Our review unit closes the gap to the GTX 1660 Ti too, although please keep in mind that we tested the latter on a slower test system. Conversely, our Polaris generation comparison GPUs struggle to keep pace with the XLR8 Gaming OC. Even the XFX RX 590 falls short of our review unit, which is rather surprising. Only Navi GPUs outperform the XLR8 Gaming OC of our AMD comparison cards, but these are significantly more expensive than PNY's offering.

In short, the XLR8 Gaming OC offers good gaming performance. The card can even handle the latest triple-A games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, GRID (2019) or Need for Speed Heat in 1080p. Meanwhile, less resource-intensive titles like FIFA 20 can even be played at 2160p.

We also looked at how the card performs under sustained load by running The Witcher 3 on the ultra preset at 1080p for an hour. As the graph below demonstrates, the built-in cooler keeps the GPU cool enough to maintain peak performance over prolonged periods. Our review unit only fluctuated between 54 and 59 FPS during this test, so you should not notice any performance drops in long gaming sessions. Frame times were nothing of note either.

The Witcher 3: Frame rates – ultra preset

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PNY GeForce GTX 1660 GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X: Ø56.4 (54-59)
Forza Horizon 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:2xMS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
149 fps ∼100% +52%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
138 fps ∼93% +41%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
118 fps ∼79% +20%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
110 fps ∼74% +12%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
98 fps ∼66%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X
97 fps ∼65% -1%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
91 fps ∼61% -7%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X
75 fps ∼50% -23%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X
65 fps ∼44% -34%
Far Cry 5 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
110 (min: 85, max: 145) fps ∼100% +34%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
99 (min: 75, max: 131) fps ∼90% +21%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
96 (min: 75, max: 127) fps ∼87% +17%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X
91 (min: 78, max: 105) fps ∼83% +11%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
84 (min: 59, max: 114) fps ∼76% +2%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
82 (min: 73, max: 93) fps ∼75%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
74 (min: 67, max: 88) fps ∼67% -10%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X
65 (min: 58, max: 79) fps ∼59% -21%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X
56 (min: 50, max: 66) fps ∼51% -32%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
94 (min: 86, max: 103) fps ∼100% +69%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
92 (min: 79, max: 99) fps ∼98% +66%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
80 (min: 70, max: 87) fps ∼85% +44%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
79 (min: 67, max: 89) fps ∼84% +42%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X
62 (min: 43, max: 74) fps ∼66% +12%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
55.5 (min: 50, max: 63) fps ∼59%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
50.8 (min: 42, max: 57) fps ∼54% -8%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X
43 (min: 37, max: 47) fps ∼46% -23%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X
43 (min: 37, max: 47) fps ∼46% -23%
Farming Simulator 19 - 1920x1080 Very High Preset
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X
119 (min: 99, max: 161) fps ∼100% +3%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
118 (min: 106, max: 156) fps ∼99% +2%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
116 (min: 101, max: 151) fps ∼97% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
116 (min: 93, max: 186) fps ∼97%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
94 (min: 76, max: 121) fps ∼79% -19%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X
76 (min: 60, max: 125) fps ∼64% -34%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
69 (min: 44, max: 117) fps ∼58% -41%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X
56.1 (min: 43, max: 100) fps ∼47% -52%
Darksiders III - 1920x1080 Epic
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
121 (min: 52, max: 160) fps ∼100% +46%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
108 (min: 63, max: 126) fps ∼89% +30%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
103 (min: 49, max: 123) fps ∼85% +24%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X
93 (min: 64, max: 104) fps ∼77% +12%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X
88 (min: 60, max: 103) fps ∼73% +6%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
83 (min: 61, max: 94) fps ∼69%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
68.2 (min: 50, max: 76) fps ∼56% -18%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X
55.8 (min: 48, max: 63) fps ∼46% -33%
Apex Legends - 1920x1080 Maximum Settings AA:TS AF:16x
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
144 (min: 143, max: 145) fps ∼100% +30%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
144 (min: 143, max: 145) fps ∼100% +30%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
142 (min: 136, max: 145) fps ∼99% +28%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X
112 (min: 104, max: 126) fps ∼78% +1%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
111 (99th percentile: 93.5) fps ∼77%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
96 (min: 88, max: 110) fps ∼67% -14%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X
77 (min: 71, max: 91) fps ∼53% -31%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X
67 (min: 56, max: 78) fps ∼47% -40%
Far Cry New Dawn - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
97 (min: 69, max: 147) fps ∼100% +21%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
85 (min: 63, max: 134) fps ∼88% +6%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X
84 (min: 65, max: 110) fps ∼87% +5%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
83 (min: 60, max: 132) fps ∼86% +4%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
80 (min: 64, max: 96) fps ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
79 (min: 58, max: 120) fps ∼81% -1%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
76 (min: 58, max: 102) fps ∼78% -5%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X
66 (min: 49, max: 86) fps ∼68% -17%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X
55 (min: 44, max: 67) fps ∼57% -31%
Metro Exodus - 1920x1080 Ultra Quality AF:16x
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
61 (min: 36.09, max: 86.1) fps ∼100% +61%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
58.9 (min: 32, max: 92) fps ∼97% +55%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
58.6 (min: 32.67, max: 85.8) fps ∼96% +54%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X
42.7 (min: 24, max: 66) fps ∼70% +12%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
38 (min: 22, max: 57) fps ∼62%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
37.9 (min: 21, max: 58) fps ∼62% 0%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X
31.7 (min: 18, max: 49) fps ∼52% -17%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X
25.4 (min: 15, max: 38) fps ∼42% -33%
The Division 2 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
88 (min: 30.2, 99th percentile: 50) fps ∼100% +49%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
85 fps ∼97% +44%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
78 (min: 14.6, 99th percentile: 42.2) fps ∼89% +32%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X
70 fps ∼80% +19%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
60 fps ∼68% +2%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
59 fps ∼67%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X
44 fps ∼50% -25%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X
39 fps ∼44% -34%
Anno 1800 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics Quality (DX11)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
45 (min: 37, max: 58) fps ∼100% +29%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
40.9 (min: 35, max: 53) fps ∼91% +17%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
40.3 (min: 30, max: 55) fps ∼90% +15%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
38.9 (min: 33, max: 48) fps ∼86% +11%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X
35.9 (min: 32, max: 41) fps ∼80% +3%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
34.9 (min: 32, max: 40) fps ∼78%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X
26.3 (min: 23, max: 29) fps ∼58% -25%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X
25.1 (min: 23, max: 27) fps ∼56% -28%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
23.3 (min: 21, max: 25) fps ∼52% -33%
Rage 2 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset (Resolution Scale Off)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
104 (99th percentile: 65.1) fps ∼100% +46%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
103 (99th percentile: 94.3) fps ∼99% +45%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
71 (99th percentile: 60.9) fps ∼68% 0%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
71 (99th percentile: 57.5) fps ∼68%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X
58.8 (99th percentile: 52.1) fps ∼57% -17%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X
43.7 (99th percentile: 38.1) fps ∼42% -38%
F1 2019 - 1920x1080 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
152 (min: 129, max: 171) fps ∼100% +85%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
140 (min: 120, max: 156) fps ∼92% +71%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
124 (min: 107, max: 140) fps ∼82% +51%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
121 (min: 108, max: 136) fps ∼80% +48%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
86 (min: 77, max: 98) fps ∼57% +5%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
82 (min: 71, max: 92) fps ∼54%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X
72 (min: 65, max: 80) fps ∼47% -12%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X
52 (min: 42, max: 64) fps ∼34% -37%
Rocket League - 1920x1080 High Quality AA:High FX
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
244 (min: 206, max: 252) fps ∼100% +33%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
242 (min: 207, max: 252) fps ∼99% +32%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
230.2 (min: 192, max: 252) fps ∼94% +26%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
205 (min: 151, max: 228) fps ∼84% +12%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
183 (min: 147, max: 246) fps ∼75%
X-Plane 11.11 - 1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
93 fps ∼100%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
77 fps ∼83% -17%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
57.1 fps ∼61% -39%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
48.1 fps ∼52% -48%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
47 fps ∼51% -49%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
114 fps ∼100% +58%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X
110 fps ∼96% +53%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X
96 fps ∼84% +33%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X
90 fps ∼79% +25%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X
76.7 fps ∼67% +7%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
72 fps ∼63%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
66 fps ∼58% -8%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X
55.1 fps ∼48% -23%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X
44 fps ∼39% -39%
FIFA 20 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 3900X
284 (99th percentile: 204.1) fps ∼100% +19%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
282 (99th percentile: 208.3) fps ∼99% +18%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 3900X
266 (99th percentile: 196.1) fps ∼94% +11%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 3900X
248 (99th percentile: 178.6) fps ∼87% +4%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
239 (99th percentile: 175.4) fps ∼84%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 3900X
234 (99th percentile: 172.4) fps ∼82% -2%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 3900X
184 (99th percentile: 140.8) fps ∼65% -23%
Control - 1920x1080 High Quality Preset (DX11)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
83 (min: 72, max: 95) fps ∼100% +58%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 3900X
80 (min: 70, max: 91) fps ∼96% +52%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 3900X
73 (min: 63, max: 83) fps ∼88% +39%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
52.5 (min: 45, max: 60) fps ∼63%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 3900X
48.3 (min: 42, max: 56) fps ∼58% -8%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 3900X
40.2 (min: 34, max: 46) fps ∼48% -23%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 3900X
33.3 (min: 28, max: 39) fps ∼40% -37%
Borderlands 3 - 1920x1080 Badass Overall Quality (DX11)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
71.7 fps ∼100% +46%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 3900X
68.7 fps ∼96% +40%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 3900X
66.7 fps ∼93% +36%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
49 fps ∼68%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 3900X
42.1 fps ∼59% -14%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 3900X
35.2 fps ∼49% -28%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 3900X
30.1 fps ∼42% -39%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
80 (min: 35, max: 125) fps ∼100% +63%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 3900X
71 (min: 24, max: 106) fps ∼89% +45%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 3900X
68 (min: 36, max: 104) fps ∼85% +39%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
49 (min: 30, max: 69) fps ∼61%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 3900X
46 (min: 34, max: 67) fps ∼58% -6%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 3900X
45 (min: 35, max: 75) fps ∼56% -8%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 3900X
8 (min: 4, max: 34) fps ∼10% -84%
GRID 2019 - 1920x1080 Ultra High Preset
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
96 (99th percentile: 61.3) fps ∼100% +43%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 3900X
91 (99th percentile: 55.9) fps ∼95% +36%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 3900X
90 (99th percentile: 59.5) fps ∼94% +34%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
67 (99th percentile: 47.2) fps ∼70%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 3900X
64 (99th percentile: 42.7) fps ∼67% -4%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 3900X
47.1 (99th percentile: 31.8) fps ∼49% -30%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 3900X
43.1 (99th percentile: 32.9) fps ∼45% -36%
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 - 1920x1080 Maximum Settings AA:T2X Filmic SM
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
112 (99th percentile: 83.3) fps ∼100% +42%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 3900X
109 (99th percentile: 82) fps ∼97% +38%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 3900X
95 (99th percentile: 69.9) fps ∼85% +20%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
79 (99th percentile: 62.5) fps ∼71%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 3900X
76 (99th percentile: 54.1) fps ∼68% -4%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 3900X
64 (99th percentile: 49) fps ∼57% -19%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 3900X
51.7 (99th percentile: 40) fps ∼46% -35%
Need for Speed Heat - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 3900X
92 (min: 76, max: 107) fps ∼100% +31%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X
88 (min: 74, max: 99) fps ∼96% +26%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 3900X
88 (min: 74, max: 103) fps ∼96% +26%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X
70 (min: 57, max: 78) fps ∼76%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 3900X
60 (min: 55, max: 67) fps ∼65% -14%
low med. high ultraQHD4K
The Witcher 3 (2015) 282 181 99 55.5 34.9 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 163.7 152.4 145.9 136.7 85.9 fps
Rocket League (2017) 249 249 183 129 81 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 127 114 93 79 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 142 95 87 82 57 29 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 152 92 80 72 47 23 fps
Forza Horizon 4 (2018) 200 132 123 98 76 50 fps
Farming Simulator 19 (2018) 242 190 153 116 80 41.9 fps
Darksiders III (2018) 196 115 96 83 54.5 18.8 fps
Apex Legends (2019) 144 144 114 111 77 43.6 fps
Far Cry New Dawn (2019) 132 92 87 80 58 31 fps
Metro Exodus (2019) 118 61 45 38 29 19 fps
The Division 2 (2019) 185 103 82 59 40 21 fps
Anno 1800 (2019) 94 92 69 34.9 23.6 14 fps
Rage 2 (2019) 168 83 71 71 45.3 21.7 fps
F1 2019 (2019) 261 142 123 82 64 38 fps
Control (2019) 198 70 52.5 31.6 15.8 fps
Borderlands 3 (2019) 143 91 61 49 34 14 fps
FIFA 20 (2019) 265 262 241 239 202 127 fps
Ghost Recon Breakpoint (2019) 114 73 67 49 34 17 fps
GRID 2019 (2019) 160 119 97 67 51.4 31.9 fps
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 (2019) 159 112 90 79 56.8 31.6 fps
Need for Speed Heat (2019) 111 89 79 70 49.5 23 fps

Emissions - Noisy, but no coil whine

PNY has set the TDP of the XLR8 Gaming OC at 120 W, the same as the GTX 1660 Ti has. Nevertheless, the latter offers better performance per watt because of its higher volume of shader and texture units. Having GDDR6 VRAM instead of GDDR5 helps the GTX 1660 Ti pull away from the GTX 1660 too.

Our test system consumes just under 80 W when idling, a value that increases to 248 W under sustained load. Incidentally, PNY allows the power target (PT) of the GPU to be increased to 107%, which results in a peak TDP of 128.4 W. We confirmed this during our tests, while our test system peaked at 258 W under load too.

We encountered no temperature issues with the XLR8 Gaming OC during our tests. Core temperatures peaked at 76 °C even with its PT set to 107%, although the PCB reached 86 °C. This is still within safe limits, though. Reducing the PT to 100% resulted in temperatures dropping to 80 °C on the back of the PCB too.

Additionally, the GPU fan runs more quietly when at 100% PT, but our review unit always run comparatively loudly. We did not hear any coil whine during our tests, though.

Heat map of the PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC during a stress test (PT 100%)
Heat map of the PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC during a stress test (PT 100%)
Heat map of the PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC during a stress test (PT 100%)
Heat map of the PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC during a stress test (PT 100%)
Heat map of the PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC during a stress test (PT 107%)
Heat map of the PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC during a stress test (PT 107%)
Power consumption of our test system at idle
Power consumption of our test system at idle
Power consumption of our test system during a FurMark PT 100% stress test
Power consumption of our test system during a FurMark PT 100% stress test
Power consumption of our test system during a FurMark PT 107% stress test
Power consumption of our test system during a FurMark PT 107% stress test
Power consumption of our test system while playing The Witcher 3 on the ultra preset
Power consumption of our test system while playing The Witcher 3 on the ultra preset
System information during a FurMark PT 100% stress test
System information during a FurMark PT 100% stress test
System information during a FurMark PT 107% stress test
System information during a FurMark PT 107% stress test
 
 
Power Consumption
1280x720 FurMark 1.19 GPU Stress Test - Power Consumption (external Monitor)
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 3900X (Idle: 85.9 W)
371.7 (min: 360, max: 388) Watt * ∼100% -50%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
357.5 (min: 347, max: 383) Watt * ∼96% -44%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X (Idle: 83.2 W)
352.1 (min: 346, max: 377) Watt * ∼95% -42%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X (239 fps, Idle: 69.8 W)
326.56 (min: 313, max: 351) Watt * ∼88% -32%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 3900X (Idle: 85.5 W)
322.8 (min: 309, max: 347) Watt * ∼87% -30%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 3900X (Idle: 86.7 W)
312 (min: 306, max: 328) Watt * ∼84% -26%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X (Idle: 72.61 W)
308.92 (min: 301, max: 338) Watt * ∼83% -25%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 3900X (Idle: 77.9 W)
297.3 (min: 292, max: 316) Watt * ∼80% -20%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), 2700X (Idle: 74.66 W)
295.2 (min: 148, max: 331) Watt * ∼79% -19%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X (237 fps, Idle: 77.12 W)
281.4 (min: 275, max: 321) Watt * ∼76% -14%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X (207 fps, Idle: 64.5 W)
280.49 (min: 271, max: 312) Watt * ∼75% -13%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X (Idle: 79.88 W)
247.84 (min: 242, max: 282) Watt * ∼67%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X (Idle: 68.3 W)
233.2 (min: 226, max: 250) Watt * ∼63% +6%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 3900X (Idle: 82.4 W)
202.5 (min: 200, max: 213) Watt * ∼54% +18%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X (Idle: 64.63 W, Idle: 64.63 W)
183 (min: 178, max: 187) Watt * ∼49% +26%
1920x1080 The Witcher 3 Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 3900X (Idle: 83.2 W)
376.4 (min: 373, max: 382) Watt * ∼100% -51%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 3900X (Idle: 85.9 W)
358.9 (min: 351, max: 370) Watt * ∼95% -44%
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), 2700X (Idle: 69.8 W)
348.71 (min: 341, max: 359) Watt * ∼93% -40%
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 OC+ 8 GB
Radeon RX 590, 2700X
346.9 (min: 326, max: 364) Watt * ∼92% -40%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 3900X (Idle: 86.7 W)
331 (min: 322, max: 344) Watt * ∼88% -33%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 3900X (Idle: 77.9 W)
317.5 (min: 313, max: 326, 99th percentile: 216) Watt * ∼84% -28%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 3900X (Idle: 85.5 W)
300.2 (min: 284, max: 311) Watt * ∼80% -21%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2700X (82.7 fps, Idle: 77.12 W)
298.2 (min: 293, max: 322) Watt * ∼79% -20%
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop), 2700X (84.2 fps, Idle: 64.5 W)
295.9 (min: 284, max: 304) Watt * ∼79% -19%
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G
GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), 2700X (Idle: 74.66 W)
288.8 (min: 284, max: 299) Watt * ∼77% -16%
Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8 GB
Radeon RX 570, 2700X (Idle: 72.61 W)
273.96 (min: 268, max: 300) Watt * ∼73% -10%
PNY GeForce GTX 1660
GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop), 3900X (Idle: 79.88 W)
248.63 (min: 240, max: 259) Watt * ∼66%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), 2700X (Idle: 68.3 W)
235.5 (min: 232, max: 269) Watt * ∼63% +5%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 3900X (Idle: 82.4 W)
203.9 (min: 199, max: 215) Watt * ∼54% +18%
Gainward GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB
GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop), 2700X (Idle: 64.63 W)
178.87 (min: 176, max: 192) Watt * ∼48% +28%

* ... smaller is better

Pros

+ powerful enough for 1080p gaming
+ adequate cooler
+ compact enough for small PC builds
+ high boost clock
+ moderate power consumption
+ reasonably priced

Cons

- single fan runs loud under load
- hardly any overclocking potential
- lower performance per watt than the GTX 1660 Ti

Verdict - An affordable and compact alternative for 1080p gaming

The PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC Desktop GPU review
The PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC Desktop GPU review

Anyone who has a budget of around 250 Euros (~$276) for a new graphics card will stumble upon a GeForce GTX 1660 sooner or later. The PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC can handle all modern titles in at least 1080p and at maximum graphics. While the card is capable of playing some games like FIFA 20 at 2160p, the GTX 1660 offers worse performance per watt than the GTX 1660 Ti. This is to be expected though, as the two cards share the same TDP, but the GTX 1660 Ti has the edge in many other specifications.

The PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC costs approximately 225 Euros (~$249) at the time of writing, and it should fit in most compact PC builds. Its 6 GB of VRAM does not hold the card back either, as our review unit held its own against the AMD Radeon RX 570, which has an additional 2 GB of VRAM.

If you are undecided about the XLR8 Gaming OC, then it is worth keeping in mind that the card is not the quietest on the market. We can even hear our review unit whirring away in a closed case, so we would recommend buying a dual-fan version if you are intent on having a quiet build.

The PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC offers excellent value for money. However, it falls short of the performance per watt that the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti offers.

Overall, we liked the performance that the PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC offers. NVIDIA almost has a free run currently as AMD has not brought any new affordable GPUs to market. While this may change soon, Polaris cards remain the only alternatives to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 16 series. AMD has its Radeon RX 5700 series, but these are priced in a different league to the GTX 16 series and are designed for 1440p gaming.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 benchmarks (vendor agnostic)

Benchmarks

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
478810 Points (90%)
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
53031 Points (100%)
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +