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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  • Cellar Door - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    At the moment this card offers better perf/$ then a RX 580 - which is impressive considering Nvidia's price antics this generation. Reply
  • eva02langley - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    No it is not.

    The RX 580 is 179$. Making it 2.304$ per frame on techspot. They screw up again with their cost analysis. Also, you have 2 AAA games with it bundle. The RX 580 is still the value king hand down.

    https://static.techspot.com/articles-info/1811/ben...

    Don't get me wrong, this card is interesting, but is it groundbreaking in anything? No... if Nvidia was offering it at 170$, then that would be disruptive.
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  • Cellar Door - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    You are wrong, all the $179 580 cards are only 4GB. Please don't spread misinformation. Reply
  • Marlin1975 - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    https://www.microcenter.com/product/479525/red-dra...

    It was $169 last week, now its $179.

    8Gb RX580s go for around $170-190 right now. The RX570 is as low as $140
    Reply
  • eva02langley - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    The only thing you had to do is look at the price list on the first page to SEE that I am right and that YOU are spreading nonsense. Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    There is no such thing as $/frame. Reply
  • ElDiomedes - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Probably only in the US, I saw Microcentre offering some RX 580 8gb at $168. The 8 GB Nitro+ is still $340 here. While the 1660 will start from $230. In the SEA region, only a few retailers in Australia have the RX 580 in the ~$200 region. So keep in mind, no one is gonna buy AMD with those prices outside of US. Reply
  • Qasar - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    eva02langley
    the AAA games they bundle with the cards are meaningless.. if you dont play them, or want them, so that is a moot point, and may not be a factor for some...

    how do they even come up with the cost per frame?? never even heard of that metric before.....
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  • Threska - Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - link

    Not meaningless if one can sell all three games offsetting the purchase price. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Not bad. The price point is reasonable and the performance is good enough. I wish it had a lower TDP and I don't care at all for the triple slot form factor. Still, this _might_ be the GPU that lures me back to owning a desktop PC for gaming. It is still difficult to justify the costs given that PCs end up as second acts with crappy console ports and you pay more for the hardware just to get poorly optimized games a few months after everybody else has already played them. Reply

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