The GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card household hasn’t been out for even a 12 months, but it surely seems like Nvidia’s penchant to “Tremendous”-size all its playing cards has given it its flip within the Tremendous barrel. As a budget-focused graphics card constructed for 1080p gameplay, the brand new GeForce GTX 1660 Tremendous is a tactically priced addition to Nvidia’s swelling lineup of mainstream graphics choices. We checked out it in Zotac’s $239 GeForce GTX 1660 Tremendous Twin Fan guise, and whereas it presents only a modest step up over the non-Tremendous GTX 1660, it nonetheless packs sufficient punch to maintain esports hounds and 1080p-bound AAA avid gamers taking part in lengthy into the night time. It is available in shut sufficient to the next-step-up GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for the value to eke out our Editors’ Selection award for 1080p-gaming playing cards—for now.

Let’s ‘Tremendous’ All of the Issues!

First, the query we’re in all probability all asking: Why? With each a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and a GeForce GTX 1660 already available on the market, many potential consumers of a mid-priced video card right here in late 2019 could discover themselves questioning the place this new GTX 1660 Tremendous card might presumably slot in.

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From a value perspective alone, the GTX 1660 Tremendous line will begin at a base of $229 ($10 greater than the unique GeForce GTX 1660’s introductory value of $219), although the particular Zotac Tremendous Twin Fan we examined will hit cabinets for $10 greater than that.

The GTX 1660 Tremendous can also be the primary Tremendous variant we have seen from Nvidia in its GTX (versus RTX) line of graphics playing cards, which is to say, the playing cards that do not include the ray-tracing and DLSS capabilities of the corporate’s flagship RTX playing cards. This will likely open the door for extra Supers to start out hitting the midrange-to-budget GPU market within the close to future. Nvidia has already confirmed one: the GeForce GTX 1650 Tremendous, coming in late November.

All three playing cards—the GeForce GTX 1660, the GTX 1660 Ti, and the GTX 1660 Tremendous—are based mostly off the “Turing”-architecture TU116 die from Nvidia. Some delicate variations within the reminiscence clocks (and reminiscence varieties) set aside the high two traces from the usual GTX 1660.

Key Comparisons: The place Does the Tremendous Match In?

The GTX 1660 Tremendous falls between the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti on the Nvidia facet, and its closest value rival in the intervening time from Crew AMD is the Radeon RX 590. Let’s check out how our card pattern shapes up in opposition to every of these in flip. We’ll be utilizing reference-card specs within the case of every of the GTX 1660 Tremendous’s comparability playing cards, and the specs for the Zotac card we’re testing.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 vs. GeForce GTX 1660 Tremendous

To set a baseline for the way the GTX 1660 Tremendous beneficial properties its “tremendous” standing, I’ve charted out how the bottom specs for the non-Tremendous GPU stack up side-by-side in opposition to the Zotac model of the Tremendous.

1660 vs 1660S

As you may see, practically each side of the unique GeForce GTX 1660 stays unchanged within the improve to the GTX 1660 Tremendous other than one core factor: the reminiscence kind and clock. The GTX 1660 Tremendous upgrades the unique GTX 1660 from GDDR5 reminiscence to GDDR6, whereas practically doubling its clock pace from 8Gbps to 14Gbps.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs. GeForce GTX 1660 Tremendous

Much less {clear} at first look is the distinction between the GTX 1660 Ti and the GTX 1660 Tremendous, since each would appear, by definition, to be types of up-ticked GTX 1660 playing cards…

1660 Ti vs 1660S

Regardless of having a decrease base and increase clock pace, the GTX 1660 Ti remains to be the extra highly effective card of those two, because of its 128 further CUDA cores. The GTX 1660 Ti additionally does extra with barely much less energy, at a 120-watt requirement, whereas the GTX 1660 Tremendous wants 125 watts (within the model we examined). That is a trivial distinction, although.

AMD Radeon RX 590 vs. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Tremendous

Lastly, right here is how the GTX 1660 Tremendous examined right here stacks up in opposition to the closest AMD equal: the Radeon RX 590.

590 vs 1660S

On specs alone, it is just a little robust to place these two alongside each other, however on each value and efficiency (as we’ll focus on in additional element under), the Radeon RX 590 is the closest AMD equal available on the market proper now. The RX 590 is constructed on the {latest} refinement of AMD’s older “Polaris” structure, and with playing cards based mostly on AMD’s new-generation, 7nm “Navi” expertise filtering out, I believe this dynamic could change within the coming months. AMD, for instance, has already introduced a Radeon RX 5500 for later this 12 months, although particulars are scarce.

Our First ‘Tremendous’ Pattern: A Have a look at Zotac’s Twin Fan

As a graphics card that is priced as stable midrange materials, we weren’t anticipating a complete lot of flash out of Zotac’s GeForce GTX 1660 Tremendous Twin Fan, and that is precisely what we received after we opened the field…

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan-02

Aesthetically talking, this double-slot-width card seems just like every other card within the Zotac Twin Fan household, with a black plastic shroud that holds two followers inside a housing that measures 6.Eight inches lengthy. That is small by most card requirements, and many petite sufficient to slot in many compact builds, for those who so select.

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The again of the cardboard has three DisplayPort 1.4b ports and one HDMI port. (Sorry VirtualLink hopefuls; you will have to attach your VR headset the old school manner on this one.) Additionally absent is DVI, within the occasion you’ve gotten an older monitor…

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As for energy supply, you will want a single eight-pin energy lead off an influence provide with sufficient headroom to ship 125 watts.

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Souped Up, However Simply Barely Quicker

PC Labs ran by a collection of DirectX 11- and 12-based artificial and real-world benchmarks on the Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Tremendous Twin Fan. Our take a look at rig is supplied with an Intel Core i7-8700Ok processor, 16GB of G.Ability DDR4 reminiscence, a solid-state boot drive, and an Aorus Z370 Gaming 7 motherboard.

For our benchmark outcomes we needed to focus a few of our {efforts} on the esports side of the GTX 1660 Tremendous’s skills, as a lot of the press from Nvidia has centered round its capacity to push 1080p multiplayer video games to their highest-possible body charges.

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We additionally ran it by our customary video-card benchmarks, which take a look at a card’s skills to deal with AAA video games on the highest doable high quality settings. With the GTX 1660 Tremendous being the budget-to-midrange card it’s, we weren’t anticipating it to smash any information on this division and graded it with that consideration in thoughts.

Artificial Benchmarks

3DMark Hearth Strike Extremely

Artificial benchmarks will be good predictors of real-world gaming efficiency. Futuremark’s circa-2013 Hearth Strike Extremely remains to be a go-to for 4K-based gaming. We’re {looking} solely on the take a look at’s Graphics Subscore, not the Total Rating.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan FS Ultra

Proper out of the gate, the GeForce GTX 1660 Tremendous carried out proper in step with what we’d count on out of this card: about 15 % sooner than the unique GTX 1660 (which we reviewed in Gigabyte trim), however nonetheless 5 % slower than the GTX 1660 Ti.

3DMark Time Spy & Time Spy Excessive DirectX 12

That is Futuremark’s DirectX 12-enabled benchmark for predicting the efficiency of DirectX 12-enabled video games. It makes use of main options of the API, together with asynchronous compute, {explicit} multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan Time Spy

On this take a look at the GTX 1660 Tremendous’s boosted reminiscence clock and improve to GDDR6 actually received an opportunity to shine, displaying simply how considerably higher it’s than the GDDR5 within the GTX 1660, but in addition coming in shy of what we noticed from the GTX 1660 Ti.

Unigine Superposition

Our final artificial benchmark is Unigine’s 2017 launch, Superposition. This benchmark does incorporate ray tracing, but it surely’s performed in software program, not {hardware}, and thus would not make the most of the RT cores of the one RTX 20-series card in these charts.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan Unigine

Once more, the GTX 1660 Tremendous slots in proper between the unique GTX 1660 and the GTX 1660 Ti, although in these assessments, the GTX 1660 Tremendous was nearer to catching as much as the GTX 1660 Ti than hanging again with the unique GTX 1660.

Actual-World Gaming

The next benchmarks are video games which you can play. The charts themselves will checklist the settings we used (sometimes the very best in-game presets and, if accessible, DirectX 12). As alluded to earlier, we have got a mixture of AAA titles in right here in addition to some extra optimized, multiplayer-focused titles, since that’s the major metric by which Nvidia is hoping the GTX 1660 Tremendous line is in the end measured by.

A fast word: Although most of our sport assessments are maxed out in graphical constancy to push the playing cards to their restrict, aggressive multiplayer gaming is all about sustaining the very best stability between graphical constancy and body charge. As such, we have saved CS:GO and Rainbow Six: Siege tuned to a lesser mixture of settings (larger anti-aliasing and decrease decision rendering scales, for instance), with the intention of attempting to maintain body charges for 1080p video games above that coveted 144Hz mark set by most of the high-refresh-rate displays on the market.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Sq. Enix’s flagship Tomb Raider title is our first real-world take a look at. This sport is well-optimized for the PC platform, however very demanding at its larger {visual} high quality settings.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan SOTR

Do not be shocked, people: this one seems to be all the way down to some poor driver optimizations. Although the numbers inform one story, whereas really watching the benchmark of Shadow of the Tomb Raider run, I noticed it do properly in some scenes (proper in step with expectations), however then gradual to a crawl in others, bringing the typical down.

Simply to make sure, I launched the sport into the single-player marketing campaign, the place issues ran superb sufficient (eyeballing it, I would say I achieved a mean of someplace between 70 and 80 frames per second in 1080p), so I would think about no matter kink is throwing off the benchmark run particularly will get straightened out with future driver releases.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

The 2015 predecessor to Shadow of the Tomb Raider remains to be an incredible benchmark.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan ROTR

Although the GTX 1660 Tremendous beat the non-Tremendous GTX 1660 in 1440p outcomes, it appears to have slipped barely on 1080p. Contemplating Shadow and Rise each run on the identical engine, I would think about that a number of the driver quirks which might be messing with Shadow of the Tomb Raider might need carried over right here.

Far Cry 5 & Far Cry Primal

The fourth and fifth installments within the Far Cry collection are based mostly on DirectX 11, however nonetheless demanding. We’re looping the benchmark charts collectively since they benchmark equally.

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Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan Far Cry Primal

Far Cry 5 outcomes have been far much less shocking, delivering numbers precisely in parallel with what we noticed within the artificial benchmark assessments.

Closing Fantasy XV

Let’s take a break from fps-based benchmarks for Closing Fantasy XV.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan FFXV

The GTX 1660 Tremendous really managed to beat the GTX 1660 Ti in FFXV in the course of the the 4K take a look at, which suggests this sport particularly is healthier at profiting from the upper reminiscence clock on provide (14Gbps within the GTX 1660 Tremendous, versus simply 12Gbps within the GTX 1660 Ti).

World of Tanks Encore

That is one other non-fps-based benchmark that is accessible as a free obtain. It isn’t overly demanding, however it’s nonetheless a dependable take a look at.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan WOT

Outcomes got here again in line as soon as we ran this predictable take a look at, and unsurprisingly the GTX 1660 Tremendous was 5 % slower than the GTX 1660 Ti, and 12 % sooner than the unique GTX 1660: once more, nearer to the Ti card than the non-Ti card.

Legacy Video games

These three video games nonetheless provide a AAA gaming expertise, regardless of being various years outdated by this level. The legacy assessments embrace runs of Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider (2013), and Bioshock: Infinite, the final being a sport that nobody requested to be nonetheless as well-optimized as it’s in 2019.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan Hitman Absolution

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan Tomb Raider

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan Bioshock

Slightly extra driver wrinkliness right here, it appears. The unique GTX 1660 usually edges out the GTX 1660 Tremendous in 1080p and 1440p assessments right here on this trio, although it regained floor on the 4K runs.

Counter Strike: International Offensive

A golden oldie, but nonetheless super-popular across the globe, Counter Strike: International Offensive has modified nearly nothing about its core gameplay since 1999…and avid gamers would not have it every other manner. The engine is taken into account probably the greatest optimized in all of PC gaming, which makes it simple to see main gaps in anyone card’s skills versus one other.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan CSGO

Unsurprisingly, Counter Strike: International Offensive had no issues pushing this card to its limits. Heck, with a rating of 145fps in 4K decision, you can even decide up the GTX 1660 Tremendous as your principal card to max out a 4K 144Hz monitor just like the Editors’ Selection Acer Predator XB3 (if this sport is your principal squeeze, after all).

Rainbow Six: Siege

Lastly there’s Rainbow Six: Siege. Regardless of the sport languishing in bugs and server issues for the primary 12 months, Ubisoft has labored onerous on its competitor to CS:GO to make it one of the extremely performed video games on the Steam platform, with 45 million gamers and rising as of late 2019.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan RS6

Siege ran simply as fast as CS:GO, and simply barely missed the mark of 240fps in 1080p (for {today}’s highest of high-refresh panels). We’re positive you can get there reliably for those who turned down a setting or two from our “excessive” testing preset.

Overclocking & Thermals

Being a Tremendous card can generally imply the headroom for overclocking is decreased, for the reason that Tremendous variants already symbolize the top-end of the ability curve a specific GPU die is able to dealing with. However there was some shock in retailer right here: The Zotac 1660 Tremendous Twin Fan was in a position to keep secure throughout our overclocking assessments properly previous the place I assumed it will begin to wobble.

I used to be in a position to obtain a secure OC of +175MHz on the increase clock, and +250MHz on the reminiscence clock, representing a lift of roughly 11 % throughout the board. As is normally the case, this 11 % achieve in clocks did not translate on to an equal elevate in efficiency, but it surely was nonetheless nonetheless shut.

In testing Far Cry 5 each out and in of the overclock, I noticed a efficiency increase of simply over 9 % in 1440p and 1080p testing, whereas the benchmarking device 3DMark noticed beneficial properties ever-so-slightly decrease, at 8.5 %.

Subsequent, to check the thermals of the Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Tremendous Twin Fan, I ran the Hearth Strike Extremely Benchmark Stress Check for 10 minutes, and recorded the leads to GPU-Z.

Throughout that interval, the cardboard maxed out at 73 levels C, off a resting idle temperature of 34 levels C. This is sensible when you think about that the cardboard now has a better reminiscence bandwidth to maintain cool, and the unique GeForce GTX 1660 got here in slightly below that determine at 71 levels C in the identical take a look at, in the identical case.

Zotac GTX 1660 Super FLIR

The FLIR One Professional thermal imaging take a look at confirmed many of the waste warmth generated by the cardboard being collected across the backplate, with a smaller quantity being ejected out the again of the case through the rear-facing vents.

Slicing the 1660 Playing cards Tremendous-Fantastic, However Nonetheless Strong

So, that is loads of information. The massive query is what it provides as much as: Did we actually want the GeForce GTX 1660 Tremendous, whether or not in Zotac Tremendous Twin Fan kind, or any kind?

Perhaps not. However I am completely satisfied to have it as an choice within the mainstream-card aisle, nonetheless. The GeForce GTX 1660 Tremendous represents a card that may reliably return sturdy 1080p high-refresh gaming outcomes, and scratch the floor of some titles at 1440p, whereas nonetheless giving the GTX 1660 Ti sufficient of a mandate to exist.

There isn’t any phrase from Nvidia on whether or not the unique, non-Tremendous GTX 1660 will likely be discontinued. Think about, although: Proper now, the MSRPs for the GTX 1660 and the GTX 1660 Tremendous are solely $10 aside of their base-card kind, at $229 for the GTX 1660 Tremendous in opposition to $219 for the GTX 1660. And our Zotac consultant card is simply $10 atop that. At this value, there’s nearly no purpose not to get the GTX 1660 Tremendous over the Non-Tremendous.

In sum, this card bridges price range and mainstream pricing, and it is made to play most esports titles above 144fps in 1080p and AAA video games at greater than 60fps at 1080p. If that suffices on your gameplay (and it ought to for the lion’s share of PC homeowners), Zotac’s GeForce GTX 1660 Tremendous Twin Fan handles the job admirably. Till, maybe, AMD solutions with a “Navi” Radeon DNA-based card at an identical value—or Nvidia splices much more Tremendous playing cards into the GeForce line—in its value band it is the very best discount on the town.

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