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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  • The_Assimilator - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    1660 Ti power usage: more for GPU, less for GDDR6. 1660: less for GPU (due to 2 fewer SMs), but more for GDDR5. Hence why overall power usage for both is the same. What I still don't understand is why all of these cards, despite being rated to draw under 150W, come with 8-pin power connectors; 6-pin would make far more sense and would make them compatible with many older systems. Reply
  • Alistair - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    They are still holding back. This would have been an incredible 7nm card. That's still what I want. Not interested. Reply
  • backpackbrady - Saturday, March 16, 2019 - link

    amazing post ryan / nate!@# hoping you could answer a question beyond my knowledge for me. would the 1660 hardware-based encoder nvenc be at a disadvantage with the TU116 and GDDR5 changes? im not sure what effects the encoders performance. thank you very much for your time and knowledge. brady Reply
  • Hrel - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - link

    Suddenly Nvidia's pricing seems completely fair. Reply
  • Supercell99 - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    Chinese are done dumping after market GFX cards. Used market is drying up Reply
  • Hrel - Saturday, March 30, 2019 - link

    This is looking like one hell of a good card for the money and the market. Faster than the RX 580 and RX 590, priced like a cheap 590 or average 580, less power draw, runs cooler, includes Nvidias (frankly) superior software and drivers. So right now either the GTX1070 used, or the GTX 1660 new, 1070 should be about the same price even used. Only cheaper ones I found were crypto mining cards and F that noise.

    There are some technology differences but idk, you guys don't seem to go into great detail about the differences between GTX 1070 and GTX 1660 excluding game performance. Are there any notable DX features included in the newer card or is it just straight performance improvement?
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  • Hrel - Saturday, March 30, 2019 - link

    I think a year or so from now I'll pick one of these up, either 1660 or ti, will depend on then current pricing. Reply

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