The Test

Without any Founders Edition, NVIDIA is pushing out the GTX 1660 as a fully custom launch, and while the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Black has reference clocks, the TDP is set at 130W rather than the reference 120W. To keep testing and analysis as apples-to-apples as possible, as usual we've emulated reference GTX 1660 specifications. While not perfect, this should be reasonably accurate for a virtual reference card as we look at reference-to-reference comparisons.

Test Setup
CPU Intel Core i7-7820X @ 4.3GHz
Motherboard Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 7 (F9g)
PSU Corsair AX860i
Storage OCZ Toshiba RD400 (1TB)
Memory G.Skill TridentZ
DDR4-3200 4 x 8GB (16-18-18-38)
Case NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed Edition
Monitor LG 27UD68P-B
Video Cards EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Black
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
AMD Radeon RX 590
AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edtion
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 (2GB)
Video Drivers NVIDIA Release 419.15 (Press)
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.1
OS Windows 10 x64 Pro (1803)
Spectre and Meltdown Patched

As an additional thanks to EVGA, we were also able to get a GeForce GTX 1060 3GB card, which is the closest last-gen predecessor given that the GTX 1660 is directly replacing the GTX 1060 3GB.

In the same vein, for Ashes, GTA V, F1 2018, and Shadow of War, we've updated some of the benchmark automation and data processing steps, so results may vary at the 1080p mark compared to previous GPU 2018 data of last year.

Meet the EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Black Battlefield 1
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  • Flunk - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    And about 4 years of time. That's not a very good deal. Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    While you're at it, can you make Bench compare multiple cards at the same time? This site seems oddly trapped in 2007 in some ways. Reply
  • catavalon21 - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Or, it ties or bests the GTX 980 in 43 of 44 benchmarks. Not bad for a $219 card with a 3 year warranty (compared to whatever life one will get out of a 980 after years of mining...) Reply
  • maroon1 - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Just buy GTX 1660 Ti Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Just spend more money Reply
  • brunis.dk - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Just dont be homeless! Reply
  • TallestJon96 - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Just buy RTX 2080 TI Reply
  • 0ldman79 - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    I was thinking the same.

    I tripped over a deal for 970 SLI, makes the 1660 even less appealing. 970 vs 1660 looks like the difference between high and ultra at 1440p or something, hardly worth $200.

    Not yet, Nvidia...
    Reply
  • celtiberian - Saturday, March 16, 2019 - link

    I have a GTX 970 running full HD. I don't really need to upgrade now unless I plan to run higher resolutions or a VR set.

    With the CPU race, a CPU upgrade is more likely after zen 2 is released (still running the old reliable i5 2500k OC).
    Reply
  • just4U - Sunday, March 17, 2019 - link

    Every once in awhile I am on 2600K setups.. and can certainly see they are showing their age now. Reply

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