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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  • Qasar - Sunday, March 17, 2019 - link

    ebay is not really an answer, as some.. may not want to deal with the hassle of ebay, or even have an ebay account. and now a days, not all games can be resold. but that still doesnt add any " value " to the video card by adding specific games... Reply
  • romrunning - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Triple-slot coolers pretty much kill it for mini-ITX systems. Usually they only have room for double-slot at most. Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Second hand 1070 all... day... long. Reply
  • TheCurve - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Great review guys, loved it! Reply
  • Tilmitt - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    If you actually want these reviews to be useful to real people making actual upgrade decisions, you need to include far more older GPUs. All the mid and high end GPUs from the 700 and 900 series at least. Preferably an awful lot more than this. Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    It's always a fine balance between including older cards for context, and newer cards to showcase how it actually compares to other things you can buy (and the product it directly replaces). In this case we do have the GTX 960 and the R9 390 in these graphs; meanwhile for everything else, Bench can give you whatever comparisons you're looking for.

    https://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU18/2293
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  • Tilmitt - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Unless I'm doing it wrong, bench is useless because the cards people want to compare are
    segregated into different bench years so you can't actually compare them. How does one compare a 770 and a 1660?
    Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Fair enough point on the Kepler cards. We haven't gone in and backfilled those yet. However all of the 900 series cards are in there. Reply
  • Hrel - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - link

    Doesn't seem to be any way to compare the R9 280x to the 1660 either, or the GTX1070. Reply
  • zeroidea - Monday, March 18, 2019 - link

    If all the benchmark data is in a database, might it be possible to make the charts dynamic, and have an "add card to this graph" option? Better yet, store a user's personal system (or import it from pcpartpicker) and do this automatically for logged-in users, since this is what a lot of people care about (and currently open multiple tabs to different websites in order to accomplish the same thing). That's the kind of value-add that'd get me to cough up a bit for a premium membership, if AT ever wanted to go down that route. Reply

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