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Turing technology for US$219: Nvidia announces the GeForce GTX 1660

ZOTAC's GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 is currently available for US$219.99. (Source: Newegg)
ZOTAC's GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 is currently available for US$219.99. (Source: Newegg)
Nvidia has officially announced the GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card, the latest addition to the company’s GTX 16-series. Like the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, the new product is based on Turing architecture and comes at the competitive price point of US$219, depending on provider. The GTX 1660 offers 1408 CUDA cores and a boost clock of 1785 MHz (base: 1530 MHz).

We knew it was coming, and it’s finally officially here: Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660. This latest graphics card from the green team offers some of the features of the highly vaunted Turing technology, although unsurprisingly don’t expect ray tracing from this entry-level GPU. Nvidia has given the GTX 1660 an MSRP of US$219, and Newegg currently has boards from ZOTAC, Gigabyte, MSI, and EVGA selling for US$219.99.

The GTX 1660 offers similar features to the GTX 1660 Ti in terms of API support, G-Sync compatibility, GPU Boost, and Ansel (photo mode for game screenshots). Obviously, there are differences in the GPU engine, with the Ti version having more CUDA cores (1536 vs. 1408). The GTX 1660 Ti’s superiority is clearly demonstrated in the memory specifications. The “Titanium” card has 6 GB GDDR6, 12 Gb/s speed and a memory bandwidth of 288 GB/s; the new GTX 1660 comes with 6 GB GDDR5, 8 Gb/s speed and a memory bandwidth of 192 GB/s.

Of course, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is more expensive than the GTX 1660 so has to offer the consumer better specifications. But the GTX 1660 is no slouch either, with Nvidia claiming that the card is 35% faster than a GTX 1060 3 GB (at 1080p) and a massive 130% faster than the GTX 960 from 2015. The strategically priced GeForce GTX 1660 is a tempting new option for gamers looking to add a bit of Turing technology to their systems.

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GTX 1660 Ti & GTX 1600 comparison. (Source: Nvidia)
GTX 1660 Ti & GTX 1600 comparison. (Source: Nvidia)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-03-15 (Update: 2019-03-15)