Turing for $219!! The Nvidia GTX 1660 is finally here!

Nvidia GTX 1660
Honor X9b Ad
Honor X9b Ad

Nvidia’s GTX 1660 went from an ‘If’ to a ‘When’ right from the moment the GTX 1660Ti went official. This new card is based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture, which has now entered a new pricing category. The new card is priced at $219 for the base model, setting a new standard (kind of) in that segment. Essentially a cut-down version of the 1660Ti, which was a replacement for the GTX 1060 (6 GB), this one seemingly looks to replace the GTX 1060 (3 GB).

Nvidia GTX 1660 Specifications:

GPU Engine Specs

  • Nvidia Cuda Cores: 1408
  • Giga Ray/s: N/A
  • Boost Clock: 1785 MHz
  • Base Clock: 1530 MHz

Memory Specs

  • Memory Speed: 4000
  • Standard Memory Config: 6GB GDDR5
  • Memory Interface Width: 192-bit
  • Memory Bandwidth: 192 GB/sec

Technology Support

  • Real-Time Ray Tracing: No
  • GeForce Experience: Yes
  • Ansel: Yes
  • Highlights: Yes
  • G-SYNC Compatible: Yes
  • Game Ready Drivers: Yes
  • Microsoft Direct X 12 API: Yes
  • DisplayPort 1.4a, HDMI 2.0b: Yes
  • HDCP 2.2: Yes
  • Nvidia GPU Boost: Yes
  • VR Ready: Yes
  • Designed for USB Type C and virtual link: No
  • Nvidia Encoder [NVENC]: Yes (Turing)

Display Support

  • Maximum Digital Resolution: 7680×4320@120Hz
  • Standard Display Connector: DP 1.4a, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI-D
  • Multi-Monitor: Yes
  • HDCP Yes

Graphics Card Dimensions

  • Height: 4.37″
  • Length: 5.7″
  • Width: 2-slots

Thermal and Power Specs

  • Maximum GPU Temperature: 95-degree Celcius
  • Graphics Card Power: 120W
  • Recommended System Power: 450W
  • Supplementary Power Connector: 8-pin

So, the cheapest Turing based card yet, beats its predecessor, the GTX 1060 by around 15-30 percent. It does lack the RT feature, Tensor Cores and has to make do with GDDR5 memory. That’s 6 GB of GDDR5 memory, with a bandwidth of 192 GB/s. Other specs like its TDP, maximum power consumption, or recommended power system remains similar to its Ti version. Going by the benchmarks and performance results, we could call this a great product by Nvidia.

Read More: Nvidia GTX 1660Ti goes official

It doesn’t exactly edge out its counterparts completely (but is better than the RX590), but it is the best GPU you can buy for $219. Aimed at 1080p gaming, this GPU should be a perfect fit for current GTX 960 (68% faster) or the GTX 970 (113% faster) owners. Given similar TDP numbers, the upgrade should be seamless. Will this help Nvidia with the backlash it received with the value proposition of RTX cards? Yes, it most certainly will.